Financial Aid

All appeal decisions are final.

Appeal Dates and Deadlines

  • You may submit Financial Aid Appeals at any point throughout the semester up until the established deadline for the term. NOTE: Financial Aid Appeals will be collected, but not processed until grades from the previous term have been posted by the Admissions & Records Office. Appeal process may take up to eight weeks depending on the volume of appeals submitted. You will receive an email in your InsitePortal with the determination of your appeal. ALL DECISIONS MADE BY THE APPEAL COMMITTEE are FINAL.
  • Last day to submit an Appeal:   FALL  2019 -  November 4, 2019

PLEASE NOTE:

New SAP Review Process

At the discretion of the Appeal Committee, students who have met minimum academic requirements of the SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) Policy while on Financial Aid Probation for the previous semester, MAY be reconsidered for automatic continuance of their "probation" status for the current semester. An automatic continuance of probation means that you would not need to submit an appeal for FALL 2019 semester. Please look for an email regarding your specific SAP status the week of August 12th.

Download the Appeal Application  

Steps to complete the Appeal Process:  

Step 1: Complete the "Understanding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and the Financial Aid Appeal Process" online session at http://losmedanos.get-counseling.com/

You will be required to create a new account if this is your first time taking the online session.

 Step 2: Provide a Personal Statement that addresses the following key points:

  • Explain your extenuating circumstances, which made it difficult for you to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements (circumstances beyond the student’s control). You must attach supporting documentation to this appeal form (i.e. doctor’s statement, police report, death certificates, and other documents pertaining to your circumstances). Failure to do so will result in an automatic denial of your appeal.
  • Explain your resolution to your extenuating circumstance. What steps have you taken (or are you planning to take) to help you meet satisfactory academic progress in the future?

Step 3: For Maximum Time Frame (MTF) Suspension ONLY:

You must meet with an academic counselor and have the second page of this appeal form completed. All MTF students must have a Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) completed and archived by a counselor on InSite. Your CEP must include the courses you are enrolled in for the current semester and reflect only the courses that are required to complete your program of study. If you do not have a current CEP, you must schedule a one-hour appointment with an academic counselor. If a CEP cannot be found by the Appeal
Committee on InSite, your appeal will be considered incomplete/denied.

Step 4:  Print out the 2019-2020 Financial Aid Appeal form and submit the completed form to the Office of Financial Aid. Please be sure to attach all required documents to your appeal form.

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 time frame 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.
  • Incomplete, incorrect, or late Appeals will be denied for review for that semester and the student will have to wait to resubmit a new Appeal for the next semester. As noted above, supporting documentation is required.
Lack of supporting documentation constitutes an incomplete Appeal and will be denied for review.
For more detailed information regarding our SAP policies, please refer to: 

CCCCD Student Satisfactory Academic Policy 


Appeal for Exceeding time frame (Excess Units)

  1. Students who exceed the maximum unit time frame 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
  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.