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If a student has experienced an unexpected event that affected their academic performance and they have been placed on financial aid restriction, they have the right to request a Financial Aid Restriction Appeal.  Financial Aid restriction appeals must be made by submitting the Financial Aid Restriction Appeal Form to Financial Aid Services by the date specified in the Financial Aid Restriction Notification letter. All appeals recieved will be reviewed by the Financial Aid SAP appeal committee. Late appeals will not be considered.    

The appeal must include an explanation with supporting documentation of why the student failed to meet satisfactory academic progress standards and what has changed in the student's situation that will allow the student to deomonstrate satisfactory academic progress. The basis on which a student may file an appeal may include the death of a relative, an injury or illness of the student, or other special circumstances.  Appeals that do not contain one of these required elements will be denied. If the appeal is denied the student is responsible for either officially dropping the classes or paying for the classes. Any student whose appeal is denied and who fails to officially drop the classes during the 100% refund period is responsible for the cost incurred.

A student who fails to follow the terms and conditions of the Financial Aid Academic Plan and who returns to financial aid restriction may appeal the status of Financial Aid Restriction a second time. However, second appeals will only be accepted if the student has a different documented mitigating circumstance then the one used in a previous appeal request. If a second appeal is granted, the student will be required to follow the terms of the revised Financial Aid Academic Plan, in addition to any other terms established by the Financial Aid SAP Appeals Committee. If a student fails to meet the terms of the Financial Aid Academic Plan following the second appeal, a third and generally final appeal with appropriate and explicit documentation will only be accepted if the student has successfully completed atleast six credits in one semester at HCC (without financial aid), or at any other accredited postsecondary institution. 

The decision of the Financial Aid SAP Appeal Committee is final and cannot be appealed. The passage of calendar time by itself is not considered a mitigating circumstance and does not entitle a former student to submit any additional appeals. Students who register for classes before or while a SAP appeal is pending must make other payment arrangements with the Finance Office, including cash, check, credit card or money order,or the establishment of a payment plan.

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