SAP Appeals

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If you have experienced extenuating circumstances beyond your control that prevented you from satisfying the requirements to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), you may appeal that status.

Extenuating circumstances beyond a student's control include, but are not limited to:

  • Documented medical condition or serious illness
  • Documented learning disability
  • Death of a family member or friend 
  • Involuntary call to active military duty
  • Documented change in conditions of employment
  • Other extraordinary/emergency circumstances, such as natural disasters.
  • For MAXIMUM TIME FRAME appeals
    • Explain why you have attempted more than 150% of the required number of credits for your program without graduating
    • If you are pursuing an additional degree, explain why you need to do so
     

The following circumstances are not considered extenuating and beyond the student's control, but based on personal choices:

  • Incarceration resulting from a guilty verdict
  • Voluntary pause, lapse, or termination of employment
  • Voluntary overtime
  • Young and irresponsible

 

What form do I need to submit?

Choose and complete the form that fits your situation.

To submit an SAP Appeal you may bring it into Registration, fax it to 727-444-6991, or e-mail it to sapappeals@spcollege.edu 

 A verbal appeal will not be accepted.

What do I need to include in my appeal?

Explanation   

Appeals must be typewritten, signed, and include a detailed explanation of how extenuating circumstances beyond your control prevented you from meeting the requirements. In addition, you must explain what has changed that will allow you to maintain academic progress.

Documentation   

Attach date-specific documentation from a disinterested third party. Documentation should not exceed seven pages. 

Documentation includes, but is not limited to:

  • Letter from a physician or counselor on letterhead indicating the dates you were under their care
  • Copy of a death certificate, obituary or third-party documentation of death
  • Accident reports, police records, court records, etc.
  • For MAXIMUM  TIME FRAME appeals
    • Attach documentation to support your explanation of attempting more than 150% of the required number of credits for your program

DO NOT submit original documents - they will not be returned.  Make sure all copies are legible.

Letters from family, relatives, and friends are not recommended. If this is the ONLY information that can be provided, you must meet with a Financial Assistance Counselor to determine what is acceptable. If the FAS Counselor approves submission of such letters, they must be returned to Financial Assistance Services, not Registration.

Appeals submitted without documentation will be pending until the required documentation is received.

Documents must be submitted according to the requirements listed above; however, this DOES NOT GUARANTEE approval.  

Unofficial Transcript 

You must mark the terms and academic years you experienced extenuating circumstances.  Do not mark just the previous academic year.

Appeal time frame

Appeals are reviewed within 15 working days of receipt of all required documentation in Financial Assistance Services. You will be notified by email if the above timeframe is revised during peak processing times.

Notification

Results will be emailed to your SPC student email.

You may also view your status in MySPC.

Reinstatement

Students with an approved SAP Appeal will have their financial aid reinstated, will be placed on Financial Aid Probation for one term only and be assigned a Financial Aid Academic Plan.

Any student whose SAP Appeal has been denied or whose eligibility has been suspended for Satisfactory Academic Progress reasons will have financial assistance eligibility reinstated once the requirements are met, whether or not the student submitted an appeal..

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