Appeal Process

You may request a reevaluation of your federal financial aid suspension or termination if you have a valid reason which prevented you from meeting satisfactory academic progress. 

Valid reasons include, but are not limited to:

  • Severe personal illness or injury which needed a lengthy recovery time
  • Death or severe illness of a family member
  • Severe trauma that impaired your emotional and/or physical health

Invalid reasons for appeal include, but are not limited to:

  • Poor academic performance due to being homesick
  • Having a hard time adjusting to college or freedom of college life
  • Being unhappy with classes or with a professor

To appeal federal aid suspension, submit all required documents to the One Stop. Please do not submit any original document(s) as we will be unable to return them. Your Banner ID will need to be included on all documents submitted. Submission of an appeal is not a guarantee of approval or reinstatement of financial aid.

All appeals require the following documentation to be submitted to the One Stop:

  1. Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form
  2. Personal statement with the following information (in this order):
    • A detailed account of the valid reason(s) for failure to maintain academic progress. Include documentation which supports the reasoning (i.e. statements from physicians/counselors including treatment dates and clearance to return to school, statement from clergy, birth/death certificates, obituaries, etc. These statements should not include detailed medical history or diagnosis).
    • The action(s) taken to improve performance (e.g. tutoring, academic advising, or other action(s) which shows there will be progress going forward. Be thorough and provide documentation.

If the appeal is due to exceeding the maximum time frame for degree completion, the SAP Maximum Time Frame Evaluation Form will also need to be submitted.

You should file your appeal within three weeks of the date we notify you that your aid is suspended or terminated. You must submit your appeal by the published deadline for the term in which you are appealing to receive Federal financial aid. We will notify you of our decision approximately three weeks after we receive your complete appeal.