45 CFR 2526.30 - How do convictions for the possession or sale of controlled substances affect an education award recipient's ability to use that award?
(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, a recipient of an education award who is convicted under pertinent Federal or State law of the possession or sale of a controlled substance is not eligible to use his or her education award from the date of the conviction until the end of a specified time period, which is determined based on the type of conviction as follows:
(1) For conviction of the possession of a controlled substance, the ineligibility periods are -
(i) One year for a first conviction;
(ii) Two years for a second conviction; and
(iii) For a third or subsequent conviction, indefinitely, as determined by the Corporation according to the following factors -
(A) Type of controlled substance;
(B) Amount of controlled substance;
(C) Whether firearms or other dangerous weapons were involved in the offense;
(D) Nature and extent of any other criminal record;
(E) Nature and extent of any involvement in trafficking of controlled substances;
(F) Length of time between offenses;
(G) Employment history;
(H) Service to the community;
(I) Recommendations from community members and local officials, including experts in substance abuse and treatment; and
(J) Any other relevant aggravating or ameliorating circumstances.
(2) For conviction of the sale of a controlled substance, the ineligibility periods are -
(i) Two years for a first conviction; and
(ii) Two years plus such additional time as the Corporation determines as appropriate for second and subsequent convictions, based on the factors set forth in paragraphs (a)(1)(iii) (A) through (J) of this section.
(1) If the Corporation determines that an individual who has had his or her eligibility to use the education award suspended pursuant to paragraph (a) of this section has successfully completed a legitimate drug rehabilitation program, or in the case of a first conviction that the individual has enrolled in a legitimate drug rehabilitation program, the individual's eligibility to use the education award will be restored.
(2) In order for the Corporation to determine that the requirements of paragraph (b)(1) of this section have been met -
(i) The drug rehabilitation program must be recognized as legitimate by appropriate Federal, State or local authorities; and
(ii) The individual's enrollment in or successful completion of the legitimate drug rehabilitation program must be certified by an appropriate official of that program.