Financial Aid Suspension and Appeal

Students who do not meet SAP after completing one warning semester are placed on suspension. Students who have been placed on financial aid suspension are not eligible to receive federal, state or institutional financial aid. Aid eligibility will be restored once the student again meets all three SAP standards. Students on suspension who feel they have certain mitigating circumstances hindering their ability to meet SAP may submit an appeal. Examples of extenuating circumstances include, but are not limited to: death or major hospitalization of an immediate family member, illness or injury of the student, house fire, etc. The appeal must be submitted in writing to the financial aid director and must include supporting documentation. Incomplete appeals or appeals lacking adequate documentation will be denied. No verbal appeals will be accepted. Appeals must specify exactly why the student did not meet the standards and must include all relevant information that has changed to allow student to meet SAP at the next evaluation point. Submitting an appeal does not guarantee approval and the decision of the financial aid director is final and cannot be appealed to the U.S. Department of Education. Students in financial aid suspension may appeal more than once in light of new extenuating circumstances, although a student may not appeal more than twice.