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Can a marijuana charge jeopardize my financial aid?

Experimentation is part of college. You are learning exciting ideas, making lifelong friends and trying new things in a way you have never had the freedom to do before. It is not uncommon for college students to try marijuana for the first time during this period. What you may not know, however, is that a conviction for marijuana possession can have serious consequences in the state of Texas.

In fact, a drug conviction can jeopardize your eligibility for federal financial aid. This is true even of a simple possession charge, so you should understand what to do if you happen to get arrested.

Convictions impact financial aid

Drug-related convictions impact financial aid eligibility, but simply facing charges typically does not. If you have been arrested and charged with marijuana possession or another drug crime, it is critical that you fight the charges with the help of an experienced drug charge defense lawyer.

Rehab or drug education programs

There are certain drug rehabilitation programs that, once completed, allow students with convictions to regain financial aid eligibility. Completion of a program approved by the Department of Education or passing two random drug tests can restore your eligibility and get you back on track to receive federal financial aid. You should notify your school's office of financial aid if and when you regain eligibility.

You may have to pay back financial aid

If you have pending drug charges that could result in a conviction, you could face debt of repayment, which means you have to return all financial aid you received during a term in which you are ineligible. Exploring every available legal option for avoiding a conviction is the best way to ensure your future and access to education are protected.

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