What is the procedure if a student wants to appeal a disqualification from financial aid?
Students may submit a written petition to the Financial Aid Office explaining why they were unable to meet SAP policy requirements.
The Financial Aid Office may also require the submission of a Student Educational Plan approved by an academic counselor. Students who do not meet the GPA and/or Pace of Progression standard should complete a Petition for Reinstatement of Financial Aid. Students who have attempted 150% or more of the units required for their academic program and/or have completed an associate or higher degree outside of the LACCD should complete a Petition for Extension of Financial Aid.
Petitions for reinstatement should address why the student's academic progress has not met standards and what the student has done to rectify this situation. Petitions for extension should address either a) why the student needs additional units/classes to complete their program, or b) why they are working on a new educational program (for students who have already completed an associate or higher degree). Students should include any and all documentation that supports their written statements regarding their past academic performance.
Students must submit their petition during the semester for which they want their financial aid eligibility reinstated or extended. Check with the Financial Aid Office for filing deadline dates, as petitions cannot be accepted after the college’s deadline.
If a student's first petition is denied, they may submit a second petition during the semester, assuming there is still time before the filing deadline date. There is no guarantee that a student will have time to submit a second petition if their first petition was not submitted in a timely manner.
If a student believes the Financial Aid Office has not followed federal, state, district, and/or college policies and guidelines, they may submit a request for an SAP Administrative Review. The form, available in the Financial Aid Office, must be submitted during the semester for which the student is requesting reinstatement or extension of financial aid eligibility, and must be submitted before 80% of the given semester has elapsed in order for the student to retain any rights to federal and/or state aid for the given semester.
An Administrative Review is not a third petition. It can only be submitted when a student believes the college did not follow the policies and guidelines that govern the SAP criteria, calculation, and/or petition process.