Financial Assistance Appeals

The Financial Assistance Office recognizes that unexpected life circumstances may interfere with a student’s ability to meet academic goals. The student then fails to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards, and is no longer eligible for financial aid.

Students who find themselves denied assistance may submit a Financial Assistance Appeal form for the appropriate aid year to our office. Appeals must be submitted along with supporting documentation that thoroughly explains circumstances that occurred during the term(s) in which a student failed to meet SAP requirements. The Appeals Committee will review the appeal and notify the student of its decision.

Please note that the Financial Assistance Appeal is a different and separate process than an Academic Appeal. If you had an Academic Appeal approved in Admissions, you are not automatically eligible for financial aid again. To request that your financial aid be reinstated, you must also submit a Financial Assistance Appeal.

Please contact our office if you have questions about the appeals process.

The Appeal Process

You must begin by submitting a Financial Assistance Appeal form; if you prefer, you can pick one up at our office, 301 North Shepler.

Please read the form carefully. For each term that SAP requirements were not met, you must detail the reasons or events that occurred during that term that prevented you from meeting SAP. The Appeals Committee will look closely at two primary points in your statement:

  • What happened in that term that interfered with your academic progress?
  • Has your situation changed since that time, enabling you to now be successful as you progress toward your academic goals?

You must also attach documentation that supports your statement. This may include: medical documents, insurance records, obituaries, death certificates, letters from qualified professionals on agency letterhead, or personal letters that are notarized. Appeals submitted without proper documentation will not be reviewed.

You must submit your appeal by the deadline given on the Appeal form. Appeals are reviewed in the order in which they are received. Once the committee reviews your request, you will be promptly notified of their decision by email.

If your request is approved, you will receive an email from the Appeals Coordinator advising you of the terms of your probation and you will be required to reply to that email as confirmation of your understanding of the terms of probation. After you confirm your terms, your financial aid will be reinstated.

We believe your academic success is key to your confidence as you work to meet your goals at Cameron. With that in mind, your terms will include a plan designed to help you pace yourself to reach attainable goals. Your progress will be reviewed at the end of each semester as long as the plan applies. As long as you are on the plan, you must continue to meet the requirements of your plan every semester.

If your appeal request is denied, you will not be eligible for financial aid. Appeal denials will not be reconsidered. The way to receive financial aid in the future is to successfully complete enough credit hours to improve your GPA and Pace to meet SAP standards.

Appeals Review

We strongly encourage students to submit their appeals as early as possible. The committee will do their best to review all appeals as soon as possible; however, due to time constraints, the committee must limit the number of appeals reviewed per session.

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