College applicants denied financial aid over drug offenses

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Hundreds of college applicants in northern New England have been denied federal financial aid because of past drug offenses.

A federal policy that went into effect six years ago has resulted in access to financial aid being denied to 204 applicants in Vermont and more than 189,000 nationally.

That’s according to a tally by the Students for Sensible Drug Policy advocacy group using U.S. Department of Education numbers.

Vermont had the lowest rejection rate in the country, denying applications to 204 people out of a total of 173,000 applicants.

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