MAY 8, 2006 - Posted at 7:49 a.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The U.S. Department of Education has released data that shows the number of Arkansas students denied federal aid because they admitted to a drug conviction. Almost 1,900 students or prospective students at Arkansas colleges and universities in the last five years were turned down.
Arkansas had the eighth-highest rate of post-secondary students denied aid among all states. Almost 190,000 students lost aid nationwide because of a provision in the Higher Education Act, which was signed by President Clinton.
Many are trying to repeal the provision, including Democratic congressman Vic Snyder of Arkansas.