Aid Applicants to Be Required to Answer Question on Drug Convictions

The Education Department will no longer allow colleges to provide federal financial aid to students who do not respond to a question on their financial-aid application forms that asks whether they have "ever been convicted of possessing or selling illegal drugs."

Last year, department officials allowed students who did not answer the question to receive financial aid, because of confusion over its wording. In the first several weeks of processing aid applications last year, the