A GSC student whose eligibility is suspended may request an appeal if he/she feels that extenuating/special circumstances existed that affected the student’s ability to achieve the minimum SAP standards. A student can not appeal a financial aid suspension if he/she has reached or will reach the maximum timeframe before program completion.
An extenuating/special circumstance must exist and be supported by additional documentation in order to file an appeal to regain financial aid eligibility. A special circumstance may include an injury, illness, the death of a relative, or other special circumstance. Circumstances do not include a lack of dedication to his/her studies, not understanding the impact of withdrawals, etc.
All submitted documentation of special circumstances is confidential and only used to verify and support a student’s special circumstance. All documentation will be filed in the learner’s financial aid record.
If an extenuating circumstance exists that can be supported with documentation, then the student may complete the aid-year specific Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form. The deadlines for submittal of this form for reentry into each term are published annually on the aid year specific form. The process involves:
- An explanation of the special circumstance and supporting documentation to be submitted.
- An explicit explanation of what has changed in relation to the special circumstance(s) that will allow the student to achieve the minimum SAP standards upon the next review.
- An academic plan approved by the student’s advisor if the student cannot achieve the minimum SAP standards after successful completion of the subsequent payment period which is defined as financial aid probation (includes identifying program, credits left to complete for program completion, and course(s) that student is required to take in order to achieve the minimum SAP standards).
Number of Appeals
Students that are reviewed annually are allowed to appeal at two different times during their academic career at Granite State College. However, students cannot appeal in successive aid years. Post-baccalaureate students who are in the advanced endorsements may only appeal once. If an appeal is denied, the student may not submit another appeal unless he/she achieved the minimum SAP standards and regained eligibility before the next appeal is submitted.
SAP appeals will be reviewed by the Appeal Committee who will determine a student’s eligibility or ineligibility for continued federal assistance. Any incomplete appeal will not be reviewed. Approvals may involve, but are not limited to, a reduced course load, specific courses, a required GPA by term, etc. The student and the advisor will be informed in writing of the decision and any additional requirements.
Financial Aid Probation
A student who is approved through the appeal process will be placed on financial aid probation for the subsequent payment period. If the student is unable to achieve the minimum SAP standards at this time, then the student will be placed on his/her approved academic plan if the student achieves at least a “C” ("B" for graduate programs) in each course while completing 100% of the credits attempted during probation. Students who achieve the minimum SAP standards after probation will have their eligibility reinstated and will not be required to follow an academic plan.
A student who completes probation and did not achieve the minimum SAP standards will follow the academic plan created and approved by his/her advisor. The academic plan must demonstrate the achievement of the minimum SAP standards by next scheduled review. Progress will be reviewed on a term by term basis in accordance with the academic plan. Any academic plan will require a student to achieve at least a “C” ("B" for graduate programs) in each course attempted while completing 100% of the credits in the academic plan. Any higher expectations will be communicated to you in writing.