Student Loan Access
Federal financial aid programs are the single largest source of student aid in the United States, and the Drug Policy Alliance is committed to making sure students with drug convictions get their shot at a quality education. We are working to repeal the Souder amendment to the Higher Education Act, which denies young people convicted on drug charges access to federal financial aid.
The Souder amendment is discriminatory and counterproductive. It exclusively punishes students from low- and middle-income backgrounds, and it has disproportionately affected young people of color, who face discriminatory drug law enforcement and, subsequently, higher arrest and conviction rates. Barriers to education are not the answer to youth drug use, and DPA is working to ensure that no student is denied educational aid because of a drug conviction.