Appeal Process

Information for students on appealing financial aid suspensions.

Students suspended from financial aid may appeal their suspension if there were extenuating or unforeseen circumstances affecting their progress.

Students interested in appealing must submit an appeal form to Financial Aid & Scholarship Services with all required documentation. If you prefer an electronic fillable form, check out our financial aid forms. However, the signature cannot be typed in. Cursive type is not accepted. The form must be either printed out and signed or electronically signed. If you are unsure or have any questions, contact us at [email protected].

  • All appeals should explain and document all terms in which progress was not met.
  • Each appeal must also address how the circumstances that caused the suspension have been resolved.
  • Students interested in appealing must submit to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services an appeal form with all required documentation.  

Each appeal will be thoroughly reviewed. Reinstatement of financial aid will depend on the extenuating circumstances that directly contributed to deficient academic performance. Appeals are evaluated on a term-by-term basis.

Should a student’s appeal be approved, the student will be placed either on Financial Aid Probation or on an Academic Plan. Both will require students to agree to certain conditions before the appeal is approved. To facilitate understanding, this may require a signed contract.

Contact us at the Financial Aid office if you have any questions.

Financial Aid Probation Appeal

A Financial Aid Probation approved appeal requires that a student be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the end of the appealed term.

Students who fall in this category are below the required 2.0 GPA and 66.67% completion rate. At the end of the appealed term these students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average, have completed 66.67 percent of their attempted classes, and not have exceeded their maximum allowable hours (MTF). If these students do not meet these requirements, they will be suspended and future appeals may not be approved.

Financial Aid Probation contracts do not apply to students who have exceeded their maximum allowable hours (MTF). However, MTF suspensions and other appeals requiring more than one term to meet SAP or complete a program may be approved on an Academic Plan (see below).

Academic Plan Appeal

An Academic Plan (AP) is given to a student whose appeal has been approved for resolved extenuating circumstances but who will need more than one term to meet cumulative SAP standards.

The Academic Plan Contract is similar to the Financial Aid Probation contract; however, it requires completing a required number of credits with a particular grade point average over more than one term. Should a student on an AP contract not meet the requirements in any given term, the student would automatically be suspended and future appeals may not be approved. Students on an AP contract who skip a term will also be suspended.

The Deadline to Submit Appeals is the Friday Before the Term Begins.