Appeal of Financial Aid Suspension
Students have the right to appeal their suspension of financial aid if they have extenuating circumstances that prevented them from making SAP. Extenuating circumstances are limited to 1) death or serious illness or injury to an immediate family member, 2) extended hospitalization or medical condition of the student, 3) victimization of a violent crime or natural disaster, 4) and work related difficulties, and 5) other unexpected documented situations. Lack of transportation to school, poor class performance, and pursuit of a double or dual major are not extenuating circumstances. The appeal must be specific, typed, and address the student's entire previous academic performance as well as how the circumstances have changed so that the student can meet SAP. The appeal form must be completed online at the SSU website. The SAP appeal form must be submitted by the 1st day of the semester in which the student plans to attend. Failure to adhere to this time line will result in the student losing the right to appeal the financial aid suspension for that semester.
The SAP Appeals Committee will review appeals at the end of the semester after grades are posted. The time period the student can submit an appeal is posted on the "Appeal of Financial Aid Suspension" form. The Office of Financial Aid will notify the student of the committee's decision via campus email. Decision results will be available on PAWS. Due to FERPA, decision information cannot be given over the phone. Students who wish to appeal the decision (except for maximum time limit) may appeal to the Vice President of Business and Finance prior to the beginning of the semester for which aid is being requested. This is the final level of appeal regarding financial aid.
Until the appeal is approved, the student should consider him or herself ineligible until notice is received otherwise. Future decisions of enrollment should be under the assumption that financial aid will not be provided and that payment of tuition will be the obligation of the enrolling student.
If approved, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Probation status for the subsequent semester(s). While on Financial Aid Probation, the Office of Financial Aid may require the student to maintain a specified percentage of semester coursework, cumulative GPA, receive tutorial assistance and/or complete an Academic Plan. If any of the prescribed conditions are not met, eligibility will be denied. The student will be awarded based on funds available and replacement of previously awarded funds is not guaranteed.
A student is expected to know the SAP Policy. Students can review their SAP status on PAWS after final grades have been processed. The Office of Financial Aid attempts to notify students when they are on Financial Aid Suspension; however, sometimes students do not receive notification due to circumstances beyond the control of the Office of Financial Aid. If a student is not notified of the Financial Aid Suspension, that does not excuse a student from the Financial Aid Suspension, nor does it exempt a student from appealing in a timely manner.