Under certain circumstances, students who fail to meet SAP standards and lose eligibility for ﬁnancial aid can appeal the ﬁnancial aid suspension. Students must clearly state what caused the suspension and must also clearly indicate what has changed that will now allow the student to succeed. Appeals are encouraged if:
- Extenuating circumstances exist (i.e., student’s serious illness or accident; death, accident or serious illness in the immediate family; other mitigating circumstances), or
- The student has successfully completed one degree and is attempting another, or
- The student on suspension for other than Maximum Hours (150%), who has not yet met SAP requirements, has during suspension enrolled in and successfully completed at least 12 semester credits at the College with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
- The student on suspension for Maximum Hours (150%), only needs one semester in which to complete courses needed to graduate, according to his/her advisor or has changed programs.
Students appealing a suspension must:
- Meet with a financial aid advisor to determine SAP and appeal status,
- Complete the College’s SAP Appeal Packet in entirety,
- Attend a mandatory SAP workshop,
- Attach documentation in support of the appeal, including a Degree Progress Advisement Transcript signed by your advisor showing remaining credits to graduation for 150% appeals, and
- Submit all items to the College Financial Aid Ofﬁce.
Only complete appeal submissions, with documentation, will be evaluated by the Financial Aid Ofﬁce. The decision is ﬁnal. Depending on the circumstances, the student could be required to complete additional requirements (i.e., see a career counselor or another type of counselor, meet with an advisor to develop an academic progress plan for completion, limit enrollment, etc.) before an appeal is granted. The goal is to help the student get back on track for graduation. The reasonableness of the student’s ability for improvement to again meet SAP standards and complete the student’s program of study will be carefully considered. Appeals will be approved or denied.
Students who have appeals approved will be in probationary status for the coming term. During probationary status, the student must meet the conditions of the appeal as communicated to him or her by the Financial Aid Ofﬁce, or the student will return to suspension. If an academic progress plan has been pre-approved by ﬁnancial aid, continuing to meet the requirements of that plan will put the student back into good standing.