Student Aid Ban for Past Drug Use Under Attack

We have written before about the 1998 law which denies federal benefits such as student loans to people who have been convicted of drug crimes. The New York Times today has an article with a scathing attack on the law from a fairly unexpected source: The representative who wrote it, Mark Souder (R-IN). "It is absurd on the face of it," he said.

His complaint was that he intended the law to apply to current college students who commit drug crimes, rather than people who have committed drug crimes in the past, and have completed their sentences.

"I am an evangelic Christian who believes in repentance, so why would I have supported that?" he said.

Do you know someone who can't get financial aid for college due to a drug conviction? The John W. Perry Fund is awarding scholarships to help.

[Hat tip to Ray R.]

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