Many Arkansas Students Denied Aid Because of Drug Convictions

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.

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