Financial Aid

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SAP Appeals

Federal regulations allow for certain cases in which the school may waive the standards. Appeals for the waiver may be considered if a student's failure to comply with one or more areas of Satisfactory Academic Progress is due to events beyond the student's control, such as a student's extended illness, serious illness or death in the immediate family or other significant life experience that impacted the student's emotional and/or physical health, and if such mitigating circumstances can be appropriately documented for the specific term(s) in which the deficiency occurred. Eligibility may be regained by appeal. Contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to obtain a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Form. SAP appeals are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Appeals Procedure

Appeals (professional judgment) are the only mechanism available to correct unresolved SAP deficiencies. All appeals shall be documented using the current form.

Some appeals may be approved for a probationary term. If this is the case, the student may be required to sign a contract that specifies conditions necessary to be eligible for the following term. These conditions may include:

  • Minimum GPA requirement;
  • A minimum number of hours to be taken; and/or
  • Corrective measures to enhance a student's success.

The contract states the consequences of failure to meet those requirements.

SAP Warning

Students who do not meet SAP for the first time are given an automatic warning and do not need to appeal. Academic progress is checked at the end of each semester. If the student meets academic progress at the end of the following semester no action needs to be taken. If the student is not making academic progress at the end of the following semester, they are ineligible for financial aid. The student may appeal submitting documentation explaining the reason for their failure to meet academic progress. If the appeal is approved, the student may be required to submit an academic plan and sign a contract. In the event the appeal is not approved, the student is responsible for institutional charges.

SAP Appeals Committee.

Student appeals for reinstatement of financial aid eligibility are reviewed by an appeals committee. The student does not meet with the Appeals Committee. All correspondence with the student is conducted by mail. The Appeals Committee is the final authority in determining whether financial aid is extended or denied a student. The committee communicates its decision to the student by mail. The committee's decision is final and cannot be appealed.