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  •  Looks like 1998. (6+ / 0-)

    Snipped from a USA Today article:

    Drug convictions costing students their financial aid

    "Indiana Rep. Mark Souder, a Republican and author of the legislation..."

    "The principle remains the same: the American taxpayer should not be subsidizing the educations of those students who are convicted of dealing or using illegal drugs,"

    Congress passed a law in 1998 that made drug convictions a disqualification for receiving aid. Students must now answer, "Have you ever been convicted of possession or selling illegal drugs?" when filling out their application.

    Students who do not answer the question are disqualified.

    A student convicted for drug possession is ineligible for aid for one year for a first offense, two years for a second offense and indefinitely for three or more offenses. A student convicted of selling drugs is ineligible for two years for a first offense and indefinitely for two or more offenses.

    "Watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical, a liberal, fanatical, criminal..."-7.75, -5.54

    by solesse413 on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 02:34:53 PM PST

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    •  As you mentioned above, very short-sighted (5+ / 0-)

      As well as petty and plain mean. Wouldn't you want to encourage people with criminal records to improve themselves, to have the opportunity to find a viable way to make money legally?

      You get busted twice for selling drugs and you're permanently barred from receiving financial aid? Might as well bar them from going to school period given how outrageously expensive tuition and fees are these days.

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