If you have an excellent grade point average, you may have a reputation in your community for being a good kid. Those closest to you may also have little doubt about your chances of success in college. Still, even good kids who are likely to succeed academically sometimes find themselves in handcuffs.
A drug-related conviction does not have to ruin your life. Still, if you have a conviction for possessing or selling a controlled substance, you may have a more difficult time paying for your college education.
Federal student aid
The federal government provides grants, loans and work-study funds to students who meet certain eligibility requirements. Regrettably, a drug-related conviction during your award period is likely to trigger an automatic suspension of your federal student aid. You may be able to shorten your suspension by going to rehab or passing surprise drug tests, though.
If your drug-related conviction violates the code of conduct for the scholarship you receive, you may lose private funds. After your arrest, you should read through the rules of the scholarship organization to determine whether your scholarship dollars are on the line.
Criminal offenses that involve controlled substances often run afoul of university rules. If you have a conviction for possessing or distributing drugs, you may face academic consequences, such as suspension or expulsion. Put simply, if you cannot go to school, you may have to repay funds you have already received from either government or private sources.
While your college career may seem to be in jeopardy following your arrest for a drug-related conviction, you should not panic. Ultimately, any steps you take to defend yourself against criminal charges may help you achieve your educational goals.