Going to college is a significant investment of your time and money. Ideally, the goal is to concentrate on your studies and use your education to advance your career for the rest of your life.
College life can lead you down many paths while you are there. When you get caught with drugs, it can start to seem like you could lose everything you have worked for.
Here’s what you should know about the impact drug charges could have on your college career.
The risks you face
In general, schools have a lot of discretion on whether they expel a student from their program. Instead of one incident, your school is often more likely to look at your disciplinary record and evaluate the chances of another incident.
Several years ago, a drug conviction could put you at risk of losing your federal financial aid. While your scholarships or other funding sources could be at risk, drug convictions no longer affect your eligibility for federal financial aid.
Honesty is the best policy
It can be tempting to try to hide drug changes or take a “wait and see” approach before mentioning your drug charges to your school. Although you might be nervous about the potential consequences, it is often worse if your school finds out from someone else.
In many cases, when students are honest and address their mistakes themselves, the school is more likely to support the student and help them maintain their status at school. Drug charges can lead to severe consequences, but if you talk to the appropriate people at your school, you may be able to stay on track to complete your program.