Drug possession still threatens college aid

January 25, 2018

Unfortunately, for years, the Department of Education has helped prosecute the so-called “war on drugs” (incidentally just a war on everyday people) by denying to those convicted of a possessory offense the opportunity to further educate themselves- or at least to make it more difficult. For some at least, this undoubtedly exacerbated crushing poverty and increased the need for escapism that many initially seek from illicit narcotics.


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or, FAFSA, as it has come to be known has evolved over the years to limit this cyclical effect to current or prospective college students who have received student aid —the premise being that they have already filled out the FAFSA where the federal government put them on notice that it was seeking disqualifying information about drug convictions. Nevertheless, college students are still often surprised to know that a criminal conviction for Possession of a Controlled Substance (PCS) in the State of Iowa may still disqualify them from student aid. Though Question 23 won’t likely register with students who are beginning their busy college careers (to be fair, they likely don’t remember that Question 43(e) references any applicable “special combat pay,” either), it will register on them—hard—if they are arrested for even a misdemeanor possessory offense in the State of Iowa. And that means that it will also register on their parents who are trying to get them through school.


If you or a loved one have been arrested for possession of a controlled substance--marijuana or other substance in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, contact David A. Cmelik Law PLC at 319-389-1889 for a free initial consultation today. However, remember that a blog is not legal advice and no attorney-client relationship is established by sending unsolicited information to an attorney over the Internet. 



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