Appeal process and the role of the Student
The Department of Education does not believe it is appropriate for students who are not making progress towards program completion to continue to receive Title IV, HEA aid. Students who experience circumstances that interfere with their ability to meet the satisfactory academic progress standards may appeal their SAP status. The intent of the appeal process is to provide information to the Student Financial Services Appeals Committee that is not captured on the student’s academic record but has impacted the student’s academic progress.
Students who appeal their SAP status must provide a detailed explanation for why they are not making satisfactory academic progress despite multiple opportunities to do so and must also present convincing evidence of their ability to meet the SAP standards and to finish their degree program. The satisfactory academic progress policy does not limit the number of times students may appeal an SAP status during a student's career; however, it is the Student Financial Services Appeals Committee’s objective to ensure that Title IV, HEA aid is awarded to students who demonstrate a capacity for completing their degree program.
The satisfactory academic progress appeal has several components and it is the responsibility of the student to submit a completed appeal and to ensure that it is received by Student Financial Services. Only completed appeals will be reviewed by the Student Financial Services Appeals Committee.
In order to be eligible for financial aid for a term in which financial aid has been suspended, an appeal must be approved during that term. For example, if your financial aid eligibility is suspended for the Fall 2013 term, your appeal must be approved before the end of the Fall 2013 term. To ensure that an appeal is reviewed by the Student Financial Services Appeals Committee, you must meet the deadlines published below. Appeals submitted after the deadline for a term are not guaranteed to be reviewed by the Student Financial Services Appeals Committee.
Fall 2013 appeal deadline: December 2, 2013
Spring 2014 appeal deadline: April 25, 2014
Summer 2014 appeal deadline: TBD
Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the student for satisfying all outstanding balances on his/her student account while waiting for the appeal decision of the Student Financial Services Appeals Committee. Students whose financial aid eligibility has been suspended are subject to the University’s policy for failure to pay financial obligations even if a completed appeal has been submitted.
Required documents to appeal SAP status
- Satisfactory academic progress appeal form
- Third party documentation to support special circumstances (if applicable)
- Academic Advisor Support form, which is part of the appeal form
- Academic plan developed by academic dean and student
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