Details about federal financial aid eligibility requirements, including Stafford loans, can be found on the Financial Aid website. Student can become ineligible for all federal aid if they do not make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). A federal aid eligibility waiver 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 federal aid warning period, the student may file for an aid waiver. Please refer to the notice about federal aid ineligibility for Summer and Fall 2021 to determine aid ineligibility issues and related required aid waiver documents.
Federal Aid Waiver Deadlines:
Summer 2021 - 7/13/21
Fall 2021 - 11/6/21
Spring 2021 - passed
To file an aid waiver:
Complete the Federal Aid SAP Waiver online process by the federal aid waiver deadline for the semester you need your federal aid reinstated.
Upload a personal statement about what happened in your past semester and what will be different in the upcoming semester.
Upload official documentation of the relevant extenuating circumstances cited to support your waiver request.
Attach an Academic Plan completed in conjunction with the student's academic adviser (if necessary due to pace issues).
If the aid waiver 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 all SAP requirements at the end of the probationary period or comply with the approved Academic Plan 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 aid waiver approval.
Students are advised to submit an aid waiver as soon as they are notified by the Financial Aid Office of an SAP issue after grades post from the prior semester. Securing an aid waiver before the semester begins will reduce the likelihood of late fees and holds on accounts, or allow students the maximum amount of time possible to secure alternate funding for their upcoming semester should their aid waiver request be denied.
Federal aid waivers are only approved when students can document extenuating circumstances to the satisfaction of college officials on behalf of the federal government. An extenuating circumstance is something that was beyond your control, such as a (severe) personal illness, the death or illness of an immediate family member (i.e., parent, sibling, spouse, child), extreme personal emotional stress, and serious personal circumstances.
You should document the extenuating circumstance you are listing on your petition by submitting a note (on official letterhead) from a doctor, counselor, or legal system representative that notes the nature of the issue and the date(s) the issue occurred.
Citing such issues as work or extra-curricular commitments, not being aware of college deadlines, and the difficulty level of course material will not result in approval of a federal aid waiver request.
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