A student who is convicted of a state or federal offense involving the possession or sale of an illegal drug that occurred while enrolled in school and receiving Title IV aid is not eligible for Title IV funds. The passage of the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act in 2019, which legalizes certain activities related to marijuana under Illinois state law effective Jan. 1, 2020, does not affect federal law or the university’s marijuana prohibition. Midwestern University prohibits the possession, use, distribution, dispensation, sale or manufacture of marijuana on University property; and violation of it will be grounds for loss of federal financial aid eligibility. [An illegal drug is a controlled substance as defined by the Controlled Substance Act and does not include alcohol and tobacco.]

A borrower's eligibility is based on the self-certification on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Convictions that are reversed, set aside, or removed from the student's record, or a determination arising from a juvenile court proceeding do not affect eligibility and do not need to be reported by the student.

A student convicted of a drug-related offense while enrolled in school, and receiving Title IV aid, loses Title IV eligibility as follows:

    • For the possession of illegal drugs:
      • First offense: one year from the date of conviction
      • Second offense: two years from the date of the second conviction
      • Third offense: indefinite period
    • For the sale of illegal drugs:
      • First offense: two years from the date of conviction
      • Second offense: indefinite period

A school must provide a student who loses Title IV eligibility due to a drug-related conviction with a timely, separate, clear and conspicuous written notice. The notice must advise the student of his or her loss of Title IV eligibility and the ways in which the student may regain that eligibility.