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Subject Area

Notice of Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

Requirement Applies to

All Institutions Participating in Title IV, HEA Student Financial Aid Programs


  • HEOA Sec. 488(g): amended HEA Sec. 485 (20 U.S.C. 1092): added HEA Sec. 485(k)
  • HEOA amendment effective August 14, 2008
  • 34 CFR 668.40

Each institution must provide to each student, upon enrollment, a separate, clear, and conspicuous written notice that advises the student that a conviction for any offense, during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV, HEA program funds, under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs will result in the loss of eligibility for any Title IV, HEA grant, loan, or work-study assistance (HEA Sec. 484(r)(1)); (20 U.S.C. 1091(r)(1)).

Each institution must provide a notice in a timely manner to each student who has lost eligibility for Title IV, HEA assistance as a result of the penalties under HEA Sec. 484(r)(1). The notice must be a separate, clear, and conspicuous written notification of the loss of eligibility and must advise the student of the ways in which the student can regain eligibility under HEA Sec. 484(r)(2); (20 U.S.C. 1091(r)(2)).

How Disclosed

Information provided to each student in a separate written notice