Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form for Financial Aid
(Please print neatly – illegible forms will not be processed)
Name: ____________________________________________________________ Student ID:___________________________
Address: _________________________________________________ City, State, Zip:_____________________________________
Email:_______________________________ Phone:____________________ Expected grad date: (month/year) _____________
If you do not meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements, you may appeal the loss of your Title IV (federal) and University
financial aid eligibility provided you can describe and document an extreme circumstance or situation beyond the scope of your control
that contributed to you failing to meet the established SAP requirements. If such mitigating circumstances can be documented for the
specific term or terms in which the deficiencies occurred, then you may submit this completed appeal form, along with your written
appeal and supporting documentation, to the Financial Aid Office.
Appeal Process and Form Instructions
1. Complete this app
eal form to present and to defend your case thoroughly. Your appeal form must contain:
a detailed explanation of the situation that caused your deficiency;
documentation that supports the explanation given for the basis of your appeal;
an explanation of the measures you have taken or will take to ensure that you will meet the established SAP
requirements in the future.
Incomplete or unsigned forms and those submitted without supporting documentation WILL NOT be processed.
2. Return your completed appeal to the Financial Aid Office, via email to email@example.com, as soon as possible, but no later than
the 60% point of the term in which you are seeking financial aid.
3. The Appeals Committee will review your appeal and supporting documentation and will notify you of the outcome via your Pitt
email account. An appeal reviewed by the Appeals Committee does not guarantee reinstatement of financial aid.
4. All appeal decisions made by the Appeals Committee are final and apply to your financial aid status only (academic appeals
are a separate process altogether).
Written Appeal Process
1. Check the circumstance that applies to the reason for your SAP deficiency:
____ Personal illness or injury sustained by the student. Include appropriate medical documentation to support your case.
____ The death, serious illness or injury of an immediate family member. Indicate your relationship to this family member,
and include a death certificate, obituary announcement, or other documentation that would support your case.
____ Other extraordinary circumstances that prevented you from attending classes and/or successfully completing
coursework. You must be able to sufficiently document the circumstance you cite for the basis of your appeal.
Supply as much documentation as you feel is needed to support your situation—remember, this is your only chance
to present and to defend your case
____ I have exceeded the 150% timeframe without completing my degree. I understand, in addition to this appeal form,
that I must also complete the Maximum Timeframe Completion Plan, which will be provided to me by the Financial
Aid Office, to have my appeal considered under this basis.
2. On a separate, typewritten page or pages, explain, in detail:
your extenuating circumstance(s) and why it caused you to fail to meet the SAP requirements. Provide the dates in
which your situation occurred, and address all terms with deficiencies, including all withdrawals and failing and/or
incomplete grades that have caused you to fall below the 67% completion rate and/or the required cumulative grade
the measures you have taken or you will take to ensure that you will meet the SAP requirements in the future. Be
sure to note any changes to your situation and how these changes will allow you to complete your course
requirements successfully in order to achieve satisfactory academic progress.