On 04/29/2008, the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit held that restrictions on student loan eligibility for convictions of a drug crime were not unconstitutional in a challenge brought by Students for Sensible Drug Policy. The court determined that a Federal Statute that limited eligibility for student loans if a student was convicted of a drug crime did not violate either the 8th Amendment or the 5th Amendment to the United State Constitution. Although the act was passed as part of a drug enforcement policy scheme the 8th Circuit held that the statute did not amount to the imposition of double jeopardy; loss of financial aid was merely a civil penalty.

Jeanelle R. Lust