College of Southern Maryland
2020-21 Financial Assistance
Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal
To be eligible for financial assistance (federal student aid and most need based
, Federal regulations require students to
maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in three areas: cumulative grade point average (GPA), credits earned or
completion rate and maximum timeframe. It is the student’s responsibility to stay informed of the college’s SAP standards and to
monitor his or her own progress. A complete description of CSM’s SAP policy can be found in the college catalog appendices.
Students not covered by these regulations are required to maintain good academic standing as outlined by the college catalog
In some cases, a student’s failure to be in
with credits earned or
rates areas of SAP maybe due to events
beyond the student’s control. If such
for the specific semester(s) when the deficiencies occurred,
the student may submit this completed SAP Appeal Form along with all required
Submission of the appeal
does not guarantee approval.
If your appeal is approved and your financial
is reinstated, it will not be retroactive to any semester when these standards
were not met. The Student Services Appeals Committee will notify you once a decision has been made on your appeal.
Be sure to include your name and student ID number on any
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1. Please check the term for which you are submitting a SAP appeal. The deadlines are as follows:
Fall / Spring Semester July 3, 2020
Spring Semester November 6, 2020
Summer Session March 26, 2021
2. Please indicate the
to your inability to maintain SAP by checking any category
below that applies to you. You also must follow the instructions for each checked category.
Serious illness or injury to you or an
family member (parent, spouse, sibling, child) that required extended
recovery time. Attach a statement from the physician and explain the nature and dates of the illness or injury in question 3 of this
form. If confined to bed rest or limited mobility by your physician, please make sure that your physician includes the beginning and
ending dates in his or her statement.
Death of an
family member (parents, spouse, brother, sister, child). Attach a photocopy of the death certificate or
an obituary and include the name of the deceased and
to you in question 3 of this form.
Significant trauma in your life that impaired your emotional and/or physical health. Provide a detailed explanation in
question 3 of this form regarding the specific circumstances of your condition. Please be sure to include dates and what you have
done to overcome this condition. Supporting
from a third party (physician, social worker, psychiatrist, police, etc.)
also must be attached.
Other unexpected documented circumstances beyond your control. Provide a detailed explanation in question 3 of this form
explaining the nature and dates of the unexpected circumstances. Supporting documentation also must be provided.
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