Financial Aid Appeals
Students whose eligibility has been terminated (because of failure to meet the Standards of Satisfactory Progress) may in certain cases request a formal review of the decision to revoke financial aid eligibility. Circumstances which may be considered for this special review (appeal) include: death in the student's immediate family, medical emergencies, accidents, divorce or separation of parents, personal tragedy, or other documented circumstances beyond the student's control which prevented him or her from meeting the minimum standards.
Students receiving aid on appeal that complete all attempted coursework with a grade of 'C' or better may continue receiving aid for the subsequent term on a probationary status.
If approved, appeals for maximum hours may be granted for the aid year (fall, spring, summer) per academic planning sheet. A status of APPL90 will be assigned and the status may be continued if all attempted coursework is completed with a grade of 'C' or better. If a student does not complete all attempted coursework with a grade of 'C' or better, the prior approval will revert to suspension for the subsequent term.
• The student must submit a request in writing by completing the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Form for the appropriate academic year. The appeal form is available online at the Financial Aid Forms webpage available and in the Office of Financial Aid.
• The circumstances which prevented satisfactory progress to occur must be clearly stated. The student must also state what has changed that will now allow the student to make progress.
• The request must include documentation to support the exceptional circumstance, such as death certificate, statement from physician, or other verifiable information.
• Once the review has been made the student will be notified of the result of the review by email at the student's EFSC email account.
• A subsequent review will occur after the student's first enrollment period. If the student fails to meet all standards, the student will be suspended from receiving further financial aid.
If a student is placed on Financial Aid Suspension and does not have special circumstances or the student’s appeal is denied, the student may regain eligibility for financial aid by:
- Earning a minimum cumulative EFSC GPA of 2.0;
- Achieving a cumulative completion ratio of at least 67%, AND
- Staying within the 150% time frame maximum for the student’s program of study.
Students must notify the Office of Financial Aid in writing once the above requirements have been met.