Details about federal financial aid eligibility requirements, including Stafford loans, can be found on the Financial Aid website. If a student has come not back into federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) by the end of the Financial Aid Warning period, the student will become ineligible for all federal aid.
A federal aid eligibility appeal process exists for students who have not met all three SAP standards by the end of the warning period.
If mitigating extenuating circumstances existed during a student's Financial Aid Warning period, the student may file an appeal. To file an appeal:
Attach supporting documentation of the relevant extenuating circumstances cited
Attach an Academic Plan completed in conjunction with the student's academic adviser (and (if necessary)
Submit all of these items by the deadline noted on the Aid Appeal form to:
Academic Standards Office
Twin Rise 100
Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
If the appeal is approved, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Probation where the student will continue to receive federal financial aid for one payment period/semester.
The student must meet SAP at the end of the probationary period or comply with the Academic Plan requirements in order to continue to receive aid after the probationary period.
If the student is still not making SAP or fails to meet the Academic Plan requirements after the probationary period, the student will become ineligible for federal financial aid until all three SAP standards are successfully met.
Citing such issues as work or extra-curricular commitments, not being aware of college deadlines, and the difficulty level of course material as the mitigating extenuating circumstance will not result in an appeal approval.
Students with cumulative GPAs of 2.0 or better
Students with cumulative GPAs of 2.0 or better who are seeking to appeal their TAP/APTS eligibility should call at (716) 878-5222 to schedule an appointment.
Students with cumulative GPAs of less than a 2.0
Students with cumulative GPAs of less than a 2.0 should call (716) 878-5451 to schedule an appointment.
Approved appeals are due by deadline stated on the Aid Appeals form. Securing an appeal sooner will reduce the likelihood of late fees and holds on accounts.
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