Drug Convictions Will Cost Students Their Federal Financial Aid

The Education Department released a final rule this month that will bar some students who have been convicted on drug charges in state or federal court from receiving Pell Grants, student loans, and other kinds of federal financial aid.

The rule, published in the October 21 Federal Register, is not significantly different from a version proposed in July. However, in response to comments from college officials and representatives of loan-guarantee agencies, the new rule clarifies the