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Financial Aid

Assisting students in receiving a college education

 

Appeals


All appeal decisions are final.

 

Appeal Dates and Deadlines

PLEASE NOTE:

*New SAP Review Process

At the discretion of the Financial Aid Office, students who have met minimum academic requirements of the SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) Policy while on Financial Aid Probation for the FALL 2014 semester, MAY be reconsidered for automatic continuance of their "probation" status for the SPRING 2015 semester. An automatic continuance of probation means that you would not need to submit an appeal for SPRING 2015 semester. Please look for an email regarding your specific SAP status in January 2015.

 

Appeal Application COMING SOON!

Download the Appeal Application here

 

Steps to complete the Satisfactory Academic Progress On-line Workshop and Quiz:

 

Step 1:

Logon to the Los Medanos College¬†LMC website; Click on ‘Current Students’, ‘Financial Aid’, Select and view the ‘Satisfactory Academic Progress Online Workshop’

Step 2:

After viewing the Satisfactory Academic Progress Video, Type in the link provided on the last slide of video. Complete the online Quiz and Click SUBMIT.  Students are considered to have met the requirements of passing the quiz with a 90%.  If a student cannot pass the quiz with 90%, the student will be notified via E-mail to retake the quiz and video.

Step 3:

Submit Appeal, Educational Plan and supporting documents to the Office of Financial Aid. (If you have a current Educational Plan on file, go to your Insite Portal WebAdvisor, print, and submit with your Appeal).

 

Appeal for Failure to Meet SAP/GPA/150% Standards

 

1.

A student who has lost eligibility due to failure to make SAP may file an appeal, known as a SAP APPEAL. An appeal will be reviewed only for documented "extenuating circumstances" beyond the student's control. Appeals not meeting the "extenuating circumstances" category will not be accepted. Submission of an appeal does NOT GUARANTEE the reinstatement of financial aid. Therefore, students should be prepared to pay for their books and other school-related expenses pending the outcome of their appeal. If an appeal is approved, the student will receive financial aid for the semester at the soonest payment date following approval. Appeal process may take up to eight weeks depending on the volume of appeals.

 

2.

Students placed on "Suspension" may file an appeal for consideration of reinstatement of financial aid eligibility. The following are examples of reasons a student may file an appeal:

Circumstance Required Documents
Serious physical or emotional illness of student or immediate family member Attach medical documentation confirming onset and duration of illness or condition
Death in the family Attached copy of obituary, funeral notice, or Death Certificate
Accident or injury to student or immediate family member Attach medical and/or other documentation verifying the date and duration of the occurrence
Disasters affecting student's attendance Attach documentation of insurance claims or other 3rd party information verifying location and date and nature of disaster
Loss or change of employment Attach letter from the employer verifying the circumstances and dates of loss or change in employment
Student made significant improvement during Warning semester even though cumulative criteria do not meet SAP standards yet (e.g. enrolled at least 6 units, completed all units attempted with 2.0 or higher semester GPA, but Standards (GPA and Quantitative Pace) have not been met) Attach copy of course and grades for preceding semester. These will be verified by the Financial Aid Office
Change in academic major, or Exceeded Timeframe Detailed explanation disclosing reasons for change in major and reasons for exceeding the posted unit limitation.
Extenuating circumstances that were beyond the student's control Any documents that would help verify student's circumstances. Should include date and duration.
 

PLEASE NOTE:

For those appealing for Suspension, the Financial Aid Office will automatically deny any appeals submitted with no supporting documents.


     

    Appeal for Exceeding Timeframe (Excess Units)


    1. Students who exceed the maximum unit TIMEFRAME for their educational goal will not be eligible for further financial aid.

    2. Students who have a Bachelor's Degree and those students who have already received 6 or more full-time equivalent years of Federal Pell Grant aid are not eligible for further Federal Pell Grant aid. These students may only be eligible for fee waivers, Federal Work Study, and Federal Student Loans. They must have an approved appeal on file to receive Federal Student Loans and Federal Work Study.

    3. Students who meet these criteria may submit a Financial Aid Appeal Form, printable from Financial Aid Applications & Forms at: Application & Forms **COMING SOON**

    4. In order to maintain financial aid eligibility, if an Excess Units Appeal is approved, the student may only take courses listed on the approved student educational plan submitted with the appeal form.

     

     

    Disclaimer:

    The information on this web site is compiled from various State, Federal and college sources and intended to provide current and prospective students and their parents a tool to help make informed decisions about financial aid options while attending LMC. This information is subject to change due to changes in federal or state regulations, College policy, Office of Financial Aid procedures or budgeting.