A student whose eligibility for financial aid has been suspended may submit an appeal if mitigating circumstances prevented the student from achieving satisfactory academic progress.
The SAP Appeal form should be submitted to the VCU Office of Financial Aid within 30 days after receiving the financial aid suspension letter.
To confirm an extenuating circumstance, students must attach supporting documentation from an objective third party such as a physician, counselor, lawyer, teacher or academic advisor. Any appeal submitted without documentation will be denied.
Third-party documentation must:
If the document submitted is an obituary notice of an immediate family member, the student’s relationship to that family member must also be documented.
If students have not completed at least 67 percent of coursework attempted or if they have exceeded more than 150 percent of the hours required for their degree program, they must attach a Satisfactory Academic Progress Degree Audit Form. This form should outline all remaining courses required for their program and expected graduation date.
Statements will remain confidential and only financial aid personnel will review these appeals.
Send completed SAP appeal documentation to:
VCU Office of Financial Aid
Attn: SAP Appeal Review
P.O. Box 843026
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3026
Fax: (804) 827-0060
Appeal decisions are based on the information presented on the appeal form and the SAP criteria. Make sure the appeal contains as much supporting information and documentation as possible.
Appeal decisions will either be denied or approved. In some cases, academic conditions may be imposed in order for aid to be reinstated.
All decisions of the SAP appeals committee are final.
SAP appeals and supporting documentation should be received by the Office of Financial Aid by Oct. 1 for the fall semester and March 1 for the spring semester. If reinstatement of aid is sought for the summer session, the appeal must be submitted prior to the first day of classes for that term. Any appeals received after these dates will be considered for the following semester or term.