UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2005-2006 Session
(Liebham) This bill makes a college student who is convicted of possessing, with intent to manufacture, distribute, or deliver, a controlled substance ineligible for a state grant, loan, or work assistance for a period of two years following the conviction.
A college student who is convicted of such a crime following a previous conviction is ineligible for a an indefinite period, unless the student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program or the conviction is reversed, set aside, or vacated.
UW System Position
NEUTRAL: The bill would mirror part of the federal law already implemented by UW System institutions. Convictions are self-reported on the federal financial aid application (FAFSA). The UW System will use the same information to evaluate the appropriate state aid under the bill.
There is some activity in Congress to repeal the federal prohibition. If this bill becomes law and the self-reported question regarding convictions is removed from the FAFSA, the UW System would request that the state law follow the federal requirement.