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Appeal Process

An appeal is the process by which a student who is not meeting Vermont Tech’s SAP standards can petition the school for reconsideration of Title IV eligibility.

A Vermont Tech Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal form will be sent to each student not making SAP. The form will explain how the student has failed to meet SAP and the steps that the student needs to take to appeal the loss of financial aid. To appeal, students will have to complete the form and submit it, along with all supporting documentation, to the Director of Financial Aid. As part of the appeal, the student must include information regarding why they failed to make SAP and what has changed in their situation that would allow the student to demonstrate SAP at the next evaluation. An appeal must be based on significant mitigating circumstances that seriously impacted academic performance. Examples of mitigating circumstances are: serious illness, severe injury, death of a family  member, and other similar situations.

Approval will be based on the likelihood that the student will meet SAP at the next review. Please note that merely filing an appeal does not guarantee continued eligibility for federal aid. Students should make every effort to improve their SAP standing, as they will be limited to two SAP appeals.

If a student’s appeal is approved, the student will be considered for federal aid during the probationary periods for which the student has applied and is otherwise eligible. Once the probationary period has concluded, the student may re-establish eligibility to be considered for federal aid for a subsequent semester by meeting SAP standards.

Financial Aid Probation: a status assigned by the school to a student who fails to meet SAP and who has appealed and has had eligibility for aid reinstated.

Financial Aid Warning: a status assigned to a student who fails to make SAP. The student may continue to receive Title IV aid for one payment period. No appeal is necessary for this status. Students receive a warning that they need to bring their academic standing up to satisfy academic progress standards in their following semester as outlined or they will lose their eligibility for aid.

Appeal Denial: if an appeal for federal financial aid is denied, the decision is final for that semester. The student may re-establish eligibility to be considered for federal aid for a subsequent semester by taking action that brings compliance with the GPA and pace/time progression components of VTC’s SAP policy standards.

Special Circumstances
Students with documented disabilities may be allotted additional time for completion of courses.