Your right to appeal
A notice will be sent to your University-assigned e-mail account before the beginning of the next term if you are not meeting SAP standards. 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.
- you were readmitted after suspension from your college.
- unusual circumstances interfered with your ability to meet SAP standards, 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
- death of a family member or significant person in your life. Documentation required: a copy of the obituary or death certificate
- divorce experienced by you or parent. Documentation required: attorney's letter on law firm's letterhead or copy of divorce decree
- reinstatement after an academic dismissal or extended break in your enrollment. Documentation required: adviser's written statement
- personal problems or issues with your spouse, family, roommate, or other significant person. Documentation required: written statement from medical doctor, counselor, attorney, or other professional adviser
- successfully following an academic plan during the probationary term, yet remaining below the overall completion ratio (75 percent for undergraduates, 67 percent for graduate and professional students). Documentation required: appeal with adviser's statement section completed
- exceeding timeframe while in a second undergraduate or dual degree program or as a result of changing your major. Documentation required: appeal with adviser's statement section completed
If you have been placed on financial aid suspension, your financial aid awards will be canceled after the fifth week of the term in which you have suspension status. Those canceled funds are returned to the originating programs to be awarded to other eligible financial aid recipients. If your appeal is granted, your aid will be reinstated, based on funds available at that time. As a result, your original award(s) may be reduced or lost. For that reason, your best interest is served by submitting an appeal as soon as you receive your suspension notice. After your appeal is received, you will be notified by e-mail within 15 business days on whether your appeal was granted or denied.
Undergraduates and master's degree students:
To appeal your suspension due to any of these or similar personal crises, explain your circumstances in detail on the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal form.
Complete the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal for Doctoral Students form. Your academic adviser and the director of Graduate Studies must sign the appeal before it is forwarded to OSF for review by the SAP appeals committee.