Students are permitted to appeal their financial aid suspension; however, the right to appeal must be based on extraordinary, personal circumstances that contributed to the student’s inability to meet the SAP requirements. If the initial appeal is approved, appeals for future semesters must be based on a different circumstance as the student’s previous appeal. Acceptable circumstances include:
- The death of an immediate family member or close relative (i.e. mother, father, grandparent, sibling or immediate family such as a related aunt or uncle)
- A serious injury or illness (physical or mental) of the student which required medical intervention
- Significant, unanticipated family obligations due to medical issue or illness
- A catastrophic loss due to fire, flood or natural disaster that affects the student’s academic attendance or performance
The appeal of a financial aid suspension is a separate process from an appeal of academic suspension. The two processes are not related and approval of an academic suspension does not automatically remove the suspension from financial aid.
Students who wish to appeal must complete and submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form together with all required documents. The Office of Financial Aid reserves final authority in SAP appeal decisions. If the appeal is approved, the student will be placed on financial aid probation. SAP appeal forms received without appropriate supporting documentation, or appeals that contain or reveal conflicting information, will be not be reviewed until either all documentation is received or the conflicting information is resolved.
SAP Appeals should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid either by mail, fax, scanned and emailed or in person to:
5800 West Friendly Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27410
- SAP Appeal Notification: The student will be notified by email to their Guilford College email account.
- If the Appeal is Approved: Aid is continued for one term
- The student should carefully review the SAP appeal notification which will outline the unique, individualized SAP requirements that the student must meet in order to maintain eligibility for federal and state financial aid. It is possible that the student will still lose their eligibility for Guilford College scholarships or grants depending on the requirements of those programs.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Satisfactory Academic Process (SAP)