Appealing Loss of Aid

Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal 

Federal regulations require that students make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards the completion of their degree and maintain good academic standing. Should your financial aid be cancelled due to not meeting SAP requirements, you may appeal the decision by submitting the following documentation.

Appeal forms must be submitted by the following deadlines:

  • August 15 for Fall Term consideration
  • December 10 for Winter Term consideration
  • March 15 for Spring Term consideration

You may either print, complete and submit the 2018 SAP Appeal form or include the following information on your own document that you submit to the Office of Financial Aid.

  1. Indicate the reason for appealing. Select the circumstance that applies and submit the supporting documentation as indicated. Appeals without all supporting documents will be denied.
    • Serious medical illness – requires signed doctor’s statement on office letterhead
    • Death of immediate family member – requires a statement including your relationship to the deceased and the date of death
    • Other – requires documentation specific to your circumstance
  2. Provide the following academic information:
    • Anticipated Graduation Date
    • Cumulative GPA
    • Required GPA
    • Total Attempted Units
    • Total Earned Units
    • Completion % (Earned units/attempted units)
    • Required %
  3. Provide a personal statement describing the circumstances surrounding your insufficient academic progress. Attach all required documentation.
  4. Explain how your circumstances have now changed to allow you to meet the satisfactory academic progress policy standards.
  5. Sign and date the document/letter you submit.

Merit Cancellation Appeal 

Students may appeal for reinstatement of their merit scholarship due to experiencing extraordinary circumstances beyond their control which may have affected their ability to maintain the required 2.5 GPA. Appeals must be submitted 30 days before the first day of the Fall term. Students may complete and submit the 2018 Merit Cancellation Appeal Form, or submit their own letter that includes the following:

  1. Reason for Appeal (Extraordinary/Unusual Circumstances).
    • Serious medical illness – provide signed doctor’s statement on office letterhead
    • Death of an immediate family member – a statement including your relationship to the deceased and the date of death
    • Other – provide appropriate documentation specific to your circumstance
  2. Provide a personal statement that describes the circumstances surrounding your insufficient academic progress.
  3. Explain how your circumstances have now changed to allow you to meet academic standards.
  4. Sign and date the document/letter and submit to the Office of Financial Aid.

Merit Reinstatement Request

Merit scholarships require a 2.5 GPA at the end of your sophomore and junior year in order to be automatically renewed. If you lost your merit scholarship, but raise your GPA above a 2.5 after Fall or Winter term, you may submit a request to the Office of Financial Aid to have your merit scholarship reinstated for the next term.