Many individuals in our nation aspire to earn a college degree and pursue higher education as a starting point towards a high paying and successful career. In 1998, Congress enacted and amended the Higher Education Act (HEA), which prevented thousands of would-be college students from receiving federal financial assistance if they had a drug related conviction. Since the law was enacted, one in every four hundred students who apply to receive financial aid will be denied based on a prior drug related conviction.
Those who are affected by this unfortunate reality will often never have the opportunity to receive federal financial aid unless they expunge the prior offense from their record.
How can you tell if your conviction will affect your ability to obtain financial aid? The Federal Student Aid department has a FAFSA Drug Conviction Worksheet which will let you determine whether you will have a problem obtaining financial aid.
For those who are convicted of a drug related crime, you are eligible to expunge your record. At Accessible Legal Service, Inc., we have a wealth of experience working with potential students that need to seal or expunge their past offenses in order to get financial assistance. If you need to speak to an attorney about expunging your criminal record, please contact us at 501-620-4242.