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How do I apply for aid?

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

To receive financial aid, you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available online, or you may request a paper copy by calling 800-4-FED-AID.

When filling out your application, you will be asked for UDM’s school code:

Answer the questions honestly and to the best of your ability. You may find it helpful to use the Student Aid Reference Sheet, created by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). Additionally, NASFAA offers guides with tips for completing your FAFSA if you have a unique situation that makes it difficult to answer the questions.

Finished with your FAFSA? Learn more about what happens next.

Additional information regarding question 23

If you fill out your FAFSA online and answer “yes” to question 23, you will be asked to answer a series of questions to determine your eligibility. 

Similarly, if you fill out a paper copy of the application and answer yes to question 23, you will receive a worksheet with a series of questions along with your Student Aid Report. You must complete the questions to determine whether the conviction affects your eligibility to receive federal student aid.

Students convicted of federal or state offenses related to selling or possessing illegal drugs that occurred while they were receiving federal student aid should still complete and submit the FAFSA because they may still be eligible for financial aid, and even if they aren’t, they may qualify for state or institutional aid.

Students who leave question 23 blank cannot be paid Title IV aid until they respond by submitting a corrected SAR or ISIR.

Student Convicted of the Possession or Sale of Drugs
(Source: 2009-2010 Federal Student Aid Handbook, Volume 1: Student Eligibility)

If the student was convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs, and the periods of ineligibility are different, the student will be ineligible for the longer period A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for FSA funds.

Convictions only count if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV aid; they do not count if the offense was not during such a period. Also, a conviction that was reversed, set aside, or removed from the student's record does not count, nor does one received when she was a juvenile, unless she was tried as an adult.

The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for FSA funds, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses (a conviction for sale of drugs includes convictions for conspiring to sell drugs).

Possession of Illegal Drugs Sale of Illegal Drugs
1st Offense 1 year from date of conviction 2 years from date of conviction
2nd Offense 2 years from date of conviction Indefinite period
3rd+ Offense Indefinite period

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) established the requirement for schools to provide each student who becomes ineligible for Title IV aid due to a drug conviction a clear and conspicuous written notice of his loss of eligibility and the methods whereby he can become eligible again.

A student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when he successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program. Further drug convictions will make him ineligible again. Students denied eligibility for an indefinite period can regain it only after successfully completing a rehabilitation program as described below or if a conviction is reversed, set aside, or removed from the student's record so that fewer than two convictions for sale or three convictions for possession remain on the record. In such cases, the nature and dates of the remaining convictions will determine when the student regains eligibility. It is the student's responsibility to certify to the school that he/ she has successfully completed the rehabilitation program.

When a student regains eligibility during the award year, schools can award Pell, Academic Competitiveness Grant, National SMART,TEACH, and Campus-based aid for the current payment period and Direct and FFEL loans for the period of enrollment.

Standards for a qualified drug rehabilitation program
A qualified drug rehabilitation program must include at least two unannounced drug tests and must satisfy at least one of the following requirements: