Financial Information

Outside Resource/Funds

The Financial Aid Office must be notified of any outside resources or funding that a student receives. This includes outside scholarships. Please contact Financial Aid with questions.

Scholarships

Dunwoody’s Financial Aid Office has internal scholarships that they award to students. To be considered for these scholarships students must complete the FAFSA form. If awarded, students must submit a Thank You Letter to the Financial Aid Office by the appropriated deadline before the funds can be applied towards a student’s balance.

Veteran Benefits

Students who receive veteran’s benefits are responsible for any books they charge to their account as well as any charges that are not covered by VA benefits and/or Yellow Ribbon. For more on veteran benefits and financial aid, visit the Veteran & Military Student website

How Drug Convictions Affect Financial Aid Eligibility

A federal or state drug conviction (but not a local or municipal conviction) can disqualify a student for FSA funds.

Convictions only count against a student for aid eligibility purposes (FAFSA question 23c) if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving federal student aid—they do not count if the offense was not during such a period, unless the student was denied federal benefits for drug trafficking by a federal or state judge (see drug abuse hold sidebar). Also, a conviction that was reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record does not count, nor does one received when she was a juvenile, unless she was tried as an adult.

The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for FSA funds, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses. A conviction for sale of drugs includes convictions for conspiring to sell drugs.

Conviction Possession of Illegal Drugs Sale of Illegal Drugs
1st Offense 1 year from date of conviction 2 years from date of conviction
2nd Offense 2 years from date of conviction Indefinite period
3+ Offenses Indefinite period Indefinite period

A student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends (i.e., for a 1st or 2nd offense); or when he or she successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program that includes passing two unannounced drug tests given by such a program. Further drug convictions will make him ineligible again.

Students denied eligibility for an indefinite period can regain eligibility after completing any of the following options: 1) Successfully completing a rehabilitation program, as described below, which includes passing two unannounced drug tests from such a program; 2) Having the conviction reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record so that fewer than two convictions for sale or three convictions for possession remain on the record; or 3) Successfully completing two unannounced drug tests which are part of a rehab program (the student does not need to complete the rest of the program). In such cases, the nature and dates of the remaining convictions will determine when the student regains eligibility.

Please contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions regarding this information at financialaid@dunwoody.edu or 612.374.5800.