Drug Policy

Student Financial Aid


In 1998, Congress enacted the Aid Elimination Penalty, which prevents anyone with a drug-related conviction from receiving federal financial aid, including Pell Grants or work-study. The provision hurts lower-income and minority students and families disproportionately, often preventing those who most need assistance from getting it. It also punishes a student twice for the same crime: once at sentencing, and again by eliminating financial aid options.

Check out Injustice 101 from the ACLU’s Drug Law Reform Project for more information.