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Financial Aid SAP Suspension Appeal

Federal and state regulations require that students receiving financial aid maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward the completion of a degree or certificate. This applies to all financial aid programs including grants, scholarships and loans. A copy of the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy can be found on the SMC website.

Personal Information
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Address Information
Academic Information
Number of Credit/Contact Hours you are taking next semester
Type of Appeal

Evaluation of a student's satisfactory academic progress is based on cumulative data, regardless if a student received financial aid previously or not.

According to SMC's policy, you have lost your eligibility for future financial aid due to:

  1. Failing to maintain a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0 and/or
  2. Failing to complete with a passing grade a minimum of 67% of all credit hours attempted, and/or
  3. Attempting the maximum number of credit hours required for the published length of the degree or certificate program (150% hours limit).
Rationale

Use this form to appeal if you feel there were extenuating circumstances that caused the financial aid suspension. The following items MUST be attached to this appeal form or it will not be considered..

  • A typed, signed letter that explains, in detail, why you failed to maintain standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) or need additional credit hours to complete your degree.
  • Supporting documentation for extenuating circumstances (medical report, obituary, news articles, police or fire department reports, etc.)
Supporting documentation is needed to help provide context for your reasoning to appeal. The better the Committee can understand your reasoning for the appeal, the more they can effectively make a decision. Please review the SMART Goals - How to Make Your Goals Achievable website online for assistance in creating your required Letter of Appeal. Inadequate information does not give the Committee the opportunity to understand your situation. We advise that you provide at least 3 paragraphs describing your situation.
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Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png bmp tif psd txt rtf pdf doc docx ppt pptx zip.
Letter of Appeal

A typed, signed letter that explains, in detail, why you failed to maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) or need additional credit hours to complete your degree. Make sure to include the following the information in the Letter of Appeal field below.

  1. What occurred.
  2. What circumstances have changed that you believe will now allow you to succeed.
  3. How do you plan to be successful in future semesters if your appeal is approved. We highly recommend you review the SMART Goals - How to Make Your Goals Achievable as a foundation/resource before creating your Letter of Appeal. The more context and well articulated letter you submit demonstrating your plan for success, the better we can evaluate your appeal for consideration.
Signature Acknowledgement

Please make sure all the appropriate documentation and materials have been uploaded with your submission to insure a proper review by the Financial Aid Appeals Committee. Additionally, any documentation and materials submitted after completing this form are not guaranteed to be included in the appeal review.

By inserting my full name below, I certify that all of the information I have provided on this Appeal Form and all the supporting documentation is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I understand that I will be contacted in writing once my appeal has been reviewed and that all decisions are final.