Students fight loan denials

A student campaign to overturn the US federal 1998 Higher Education Act (HEA) is gaining momentum in Universities and college campuses. The HEA denies financial aid to any student who has ever been convicted of any drug offence, and was signed into law by President Clinton in October.
By March 1999, six student councils had officially come out against the HEA, along with organizations including the NAACP, ACLU, Center for Women Policy Studies, and the US Student Association.

Students working to overturn the provision are being coordinated by the Drug Reform Coordination Network (DRCNet), a Washington DC non-profit organization (www.raiseyourvoice.com).

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