Your Right to Appeal

A notice will be sent to your University-assigned email account and/or your mailing address if you are not meeting the standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Students failing to meet SAP requirements may appeal this determination to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals Committee of the Student Financial Aid Office.

An appeal must be based on significant mitigating circumstances.

You may appeal your financial aid suspension status, if:

  • Your record shows that you earned the required GPA or credit completion ratio to meet SAP standards during a term at your own expense.
  • Unusual circumstances interfered with your ability to meet SAP standards during a particular period, including but not limited to:
    • Illness, accident, or injury experienced by you or a significant person in your life. Documentation   required: physician’s statement, police report, or other documentation from a third party professional; hospital billing statement, etc.
    • Death of a family member or significant person in your life. Documentation required: a copy of the obituary and/or death certificate.
    • Divorce experienced by you or parent. Documentation required: attorney’s letter on law firm’s letterhead or copy of divorce decree.
    • Significant trauma in student’s life that impaired the student’s emotional and/or physical health. Provide a detailed explanation regarding the specific circumstances of your condition.  Include dates and what you have done to overcome your condition.  Attach supporting documentation from a third party; physician, social worker, counselor, police, attorney, etc.
    • Other significant unexpected and documented circumstances beyond the control of the student.  Write a detailed statement of the circumstances, include dates. Attach supporting documentation from a third party: physician, social worker, counselor, police, attorney, etc.

Changes in major and double majors are not viewed as extenuating circumstances, since the standard is quite generous in the time frame allowed to complete a degree.