Your child worked hard to gain entry into college, and your family may have worked hard, too, to secure financial aid for him or her. Many college students experiment with drugs when they get what may be their first taste of freedom. If you think your child may be among them, it may serve you well to inform him or her of the potential consequences associated with doing so.

According to Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, any drug conviction your child receives while he or she is a recipient of financial aid has the potential to impact financial aid eligibility there on out.

Losing financial aid eligibility

If your college student receives a conviction for selling drugs, possessing drugs, intending to sell drugs or something similar, it impacts eligibility for financial aid. How long your child stands to lose it depends on several variables. The severity of the drug crime is one determinant, and whether he or she has other drug offenses may also come into play.

Some college students only lose financial aid eligibility for one year after a drug conviction. Others become ineligible for two or three years, or even indefinitely.

Regaining financial aid eligibility

There are two ways your college student may be able to regain financial aid eligibility after a loss. First, he or she may complete an approved rehabilitation program. Second, he or she may be able to do so by passing two drug tests given by an approved drug rehabilitation program.