A student may appeal the loss of financial aid through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. To appeal, the student must have experienced extenuating circumstances which have impacted academic progress. Examples of extenuating circumstances are death of immediate family member, injury or illness or other unusual circumstances evaluated by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.  The appeal must include the following:

  • Why the student failed to make satisfactory academic progress;
  • What has now changed that will allow the student to make satisfactory academic progress at the end of the next semester (statements of good intent are not sufficient);
  • Student’s academic plan for meeting satisfactory academic progress; and
  • Documentation to verify extenuating circumstances. 

If the appeal is granted, the student will be placed on financial aid probation for one semester and receive aid during that probation semester. At the end of the Probation Semester the student MUST meet the defined SAP standards or meet the academic plan that was developed for the appeal.

Appeals must be submitted by the Friday proceeding the week before classes begin. 

Deadline dates for 2013-14 are:

  • Fall 2013-August 9, 2013
  • Spring 2014-January 3, 2014
  • Summer 2014-May 9, 2014

Any appeals submitted after the above dates will be considered late.  Students who wish to enroll and submit the appeal after the deadline should make plans to pay all charges through personal means. If the appeal is subsequently reviewed and approved, any financial aid for which the student is eligible will be processed and any excess funds will be returned to the student. 

Appeals will be reviewed by Financial Aid Counselors.  If denied by the counselor, the student may request that the appeal be reviewed by Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships.  If appeal is denied by Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships for Fall or Spring, it will automatically be referred to the Faculty Assembly Financial Aid Appeals Committee.  This committee will meet one time during the week prior to the start of the Fall and Spring Semesters.  Denial of appeals by the Financial Aid Director for Summer Semester is final and will not be forwarded to the Faculty Assembly Financial Appeals Committee.

Students are limited to two appeals while enrolled at Pierpont.

Financial Aid eligibility can be re-established once the student meets SAP standards.   Students who continue enrollment before re-establishing eligibility are required to pay for charges through personal means.