Appealing Financial Aid Suspension

Undergraduate Student Appeal

  • Undergraduate students on Financial Aid Suspension may submit an appeal to the Office of Student Financial Aid if extenuating circumstances prevented them from meeting the SAP requirements.
  • The semester appeal deadline will be included in the notification with the reason for the SAP Suspension.
  • Students not meeting the minimum GPA, pace of progression, or have exceeded 150% of their published program length must appeal for the reinstatement of their aid.

Basis for SAP Appeal:

  • The death of a relative, an injury or illness of the student, or other special circumstances. Attach documentation to support the basis of appeal.

SAP Appeal Process:

  1. Login to AccessPlus and select the “Student” Tab
  2. Select “Grades&Transcripts” from the left-hand menu
  3. Click on “Acad Intrv Slf-Asmnt” from the menu
  4. Submit the self-assessment
  5. Meet with your Academic Adviser after submitting the self-assessment

Returning to ISU on SAP Suspension:

Students who leave ISU while on SAP Suspension are required to appeal for the reinstatement of their aid upon re-entry by submitting the Academic Intervention Self-Assessment and providing supplemental documentation. Paying out of pocket, paying with a private loan, or failure to earn academic credit away from ISU due to a non-extenuating circumstance are not grounds for appeal approval. Appeals must include the following documentation for approval consideration:

  1. Academic transcript(s) while away from ISU that show significant, sustained improvement. The rigor of the courses taken, grades earned, and number of credit hours attempted away from ISU will be taken into consideration when the appeal is reviewed.

AND/OR

  1. Official documentation to support extenuating circumstances that prevented the student from attempting coursework away from ISU (i.e.: medical emergency, death of a family member, serving as the primary caregiver for a family member, etc.).

Documentation to support the Academic Intervention Self-Assessment for re-entry students should be emailed to financialaid@iastate.edu.

Please note: Per Federal financial aid regulations, appeals are not automatically approved and may be denied based on failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements set forth at Iowa State University.

Graduate Student Appeal

  • Graduate students on Financial Aid Suspension may submit an appeal to the Office of Student Financial Aid if extenuating circumstances prevented them from meeting the SAP requirements.
  • The deadline to submit an appeal for consideration of reinstatement of aid eligibility for a semester is the midterm of that semester.

Basis for SAP Appeal: The death of a relative, an injury or illness of the student, or other special circumstances. Attach documentation to support the basis of appeal.

Please note: Per Federal financial aid regulations, appeals are not automatically approved and may be denied based on failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements set forth at Iowa State University.

Academic Plan

The Academic Plan is reviewed after one semester after an appeal is approved to determine continuation of financial aid eligibility. The maximum length of an Academic Plan cannot exceed one calendar year (e.g., Fall/Spring/Summer, Spring/Summer/Fall, Summer/Fall/Spring) to meet the minimum cumulative GPA, pace of progression, and/or maximum time frame requirements.

Financial aid will be suspended if any of the following requirements are not met while a student is on an Academic Plan:

  • Semester GPA is below a 2.00
  • Semester pace of progression is below 67%

The student will remain eligible for financial aid while on an Academic Plan if the semester GPA is equal to or greater than 2.00 and the semester pace of progression meets or exceeds 67%.

Please note: Some students may also be required to meet with the ISU Academic Success Center (ASC) to fulfill Academic Plan requirements and continue to receive financial aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid will notify students via email upon SAP approval and establishment of an Academic Plan if they are required to meet with the ASC.

At the end of the final semester of an Academic Plan, the student must be meeting all of the following requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA equal to or greater than 2.00
  • Cumulative pace of progression equal to or greater than 67%
  • Maximum time frame less than 150% of published program length
If any of the requirements listed above are not met, the student’s financial aid will be suspended.