Tag: aid elimination penalty


Introducing ‘SSDP101: History and Overview of SSDP’

In SSDP101, join SSDP’s Executive Director, Betty Aldworth, as she discusses SSDP’s origins and growth into what it is today: an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact of drug abuse on our communities, but who also know that the War on Drugs is failing our generation and our society. SSDP101 is the first in a

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Amendment Withdrawn!

In short – we won the battle. Rep. Mark Souder withdrew his amendment to bar financial aid from students with drug possession convictions. He said ” I was probably going to lose today.” This war ain’t over though. A compromise to the amendment will be made in conference committee and it is expected that students convicted of felony drug crimes

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HEA Reform is Close

The HEA Aid Elimination Penalty, introduced by Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), has been a thorn in the side of educators, students, and social justice activists across the country since its creation in 1998. This year, we may see significant reform to this unfair law. A bill has been introduced byRep. George Miller (D-CA), that if passed, would remove the penalty for students with drug

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Higher Education Act Supports Drug Abuse

After a full 10 years of contacting representatives, gathering signatures, writing articles, and spreading the outrage, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, along with hundreds of supporting organizations was sure their determined efforts would finally pay off and that Congressional leadership would follow through with their pledge to repeal the counterproductive Aid Elimination Penalty of the Higher Education Act. However, we have yet again been terribly

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