CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH
SAP SUSPENSION APPEAL
Students who fail to meet one or more of the SAP Standards for two consecutive semesters are considered to be ineligible
to receive financial aid. Such a student may appeal his/her eligibility status to the SAP Appeals Committee of the Financial
Aid Office by submitting a “SAP Suspension Appeal” which, if approved, would result in a probationary semester of
id eligibility. An appeal must be based on extenuating circumstances that seriously impacted performance.
Examples of e
xtenuating circumstances include:
• Serious illness or injury to student that required extended recovery time or significant improvement
• Death or serious illness of an immediate family member
• Significant trauma in student’s life that impaired the student’s emotional and/or physical health.
• Other documented circumstances
Students who have exceeded the Maximum Timeframe for their program should complete the SAP Maximum Timeframe
Appeal form, which is available on the Forms section of our website at http://www.csulb.edu/financialaid
Your appeal must include all of the following items. Incomplete appeals or appeals submitted without sufficient
documentation will experience delays as decisions cannot be made on appeals until they are complete.
1. Explanation of the extenuating circumstances that directly impacted your ability to meet the minimum SAP Standards (illness,
2. Description of the steps you have taken to address/improve your academic performance (using a tutor, medical assistance,
3. Where applicable, attach documentation to support your appeal (situations of illness, injury, etc.). If no documentation is
available, be sure to provide an explanation as to the lack of documentation in your appeal.
• Before completing and submitting this appeal, review the SAP Standards for the Receipt of Financial Aid to ensure you have met
the necessary requirements. Lack of knowledge of the SAP Standards will not be grounds for the approval of an appeal.
• Be specific when explaining your circumstances. Lack of information will result in a delay of an appeal review, or may result in a
denial of your appeal. If there were problems in your physical or mental health that played a role in your circumstances, please
attach supporting documentation from a doctor, counselor, or hospital (if no documentation is available, be sure to explain in
• Do not discuss your need for financial aid in your appeal. Needing financial aid is not a valid reason for approval of an appeal.
• Complete all items on the appeal form. Incomplete appeals will delay decisions; the appeal form is 2 pages (not including this
cover sheet). If you have questions about completing the appeal form, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.
• Submit your appeal to the Office of Financial Aid at CSU Long Beach. Appeals are due within four (4) weeks of the date of your
ineligibility notification – but no later than thirty days prior to the end of the semester. Late submissions may jeopardize your
• Appeals are evaluated by the SAP Appeals Committee within three weeks of receipt of the completed appeal.
• In some instances, appeal decisions may not be finalized prior to the start of classes; you should plan on making payment
arrangements with Student Accounts to avoid the risk of class cancellation.
• If you remain enrolled in your courses once the semester begins, you will be responsible for payment of your fees – regardless
of whether or not your appeal is approved.
• If your appeal is approved, you will be placed on SAP Probation for the next semester of enrollment. At the end of that
semester you MUST be meeting all of the SAP Standards in order to continue to be eligible to receive financial aid.
Please note that filing a SAP Appeal does not guarantee continued eligibility for Financial Aid