What are the procedures for students to appeal the decision to discontinue their financial aid?
Students with extenuating circumstances may appeal the determination that they are no longer eligible for financial aid. A Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeal form is available online from the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Supporting documentation and an academic plan of action is required before the appeal can be reviewed.
Situations that may be considered when evaluating an appeal include, but are not limited to:
- Extenuating circumstances which prevented you from maintaining satisfactory academic progress, but which have since been resolved;
- Serious illness or injury;
- Death of immediate family member;
- Class cancellations;
- Dual degree objective;
- Change in major (only one change in major per student will be considered);
- Academic second opportunity.
The total number of appeals submitted by a student will be taken into consideration in granting an appeal.
If an appeal is granted, the student’s progress will be reviewed at the end of the probationary term.
What happens if a student chooses not to appeal or if the appeal is denied?
The student is responsible for requesting a review of renewed financial aid eligibility through the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships after complying with one of the following options.
Attend summer semester at UT or another institution and successfully complete enough credit hours to reach the 67% requirement with required GPA. Student may not receive financial aid during the summer semester (no fall or spring aid will be awarded until an academic transcript is received and reviewed).
Enroll fall or spring semester at UT or another institution without financial aid and successfully complete the required credit hours (67% of attempted hours) with the required GPA.
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