SAP Financial Aid Appeals Process
Students who have been denied federal financial aid by not meeting satisfactory academic progress standards and believe they have mitigating circumstances that prevented their success may appeal their denial of financial aid through the appeals process. The Financial Aid Appeal Request Form is available on the General Forms section of our website and must be accompanied by the appropriate documentation to substantiate the basis of the appeal. All appeals must contain a written statement by the student indicating why he/she was not able to meet satisfactory academic progress standards. Appeals for excessive hours must contain a written statement by the student as stated above as well as a copy of his/her degree check (obtained through the Academic Advisement Office) for undergraduates, or a copy of the student's Plan of Study from the Graduate Office for graduate students.
Please note: the financial aid appeals process does not address academic suspension. Students appealing for academic suspension should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Graduate College for more information.
The appeal deadline is the 2nd Friday of each month. Semester deadlines are the published semester end dates for each term.
An Appeals Committee composed of UCO faculty/staff will review all properly documented appeal requests following the appeal deadline each month. Students will receive a notification of the appeal decision within 7 working days after the appeal submission deadline. Students may not appeal again for the same extenuating circumstance(s) in future semesters.
Students granted an appeal of financial aid denial for:
GPA and/or Completion hour deficiency may receive financial aid under a conditional probationary term status and are required to complete 100% of hours attempted (minimum of 6 hours for undergraduate students/5 hours for graduate students) with at least a 2.25 undergraduate GPA or 3.25 graduate GPA. Any withdrawal from a class after the add/drop deadline will result in not meeting your conditional probationary term requirements, and you will be denied for your next term of enrollment.
Excessive hours will receive notification for terms of continued eligibility. If the student is also on probation for a GPA and/or completion hour deficiency, the student must continue to meet the requirements for their probation status as well, in order to continue receiving financial aid for the time period for which the excessive hour appeal was approved.