Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards (SAP)

Appeal Process and Reinstatement

If you fail to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards for financial aid due to a crisis situation, such as personal illness or accident, serious illness or death within the immediate family, or other circumstances beyond your reasonable control, the following steps may be completed to receive consideration for reinstatement of financial aid eligibility.

  1. Complete the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Appeal form. The Appeal form requires you to provide a written explanation of your situation and provide supporting documents to verify your situation.

  2. You will need to meet with your academic advisor to get and complete an Academic Planning worksheet for Financial Aid. They will help you develop a plan to complete your program and graduate from Hawkeye.

    If you are suspended due to the 150% criteria, it is very important that this plan is outlined through graduation so the reviewing committee can evaluate courses/terms needed until then.

  3. Submit your completed Financial Aid Appeal Form, Academic Planning worksheet, and documentation of your crisis situation at the Financial Aid office. If no documentation is submitted with the appeal, it may be denied.


Appeals will only be reviewed for the current term until 30 calendar days into the term starting from the first day of the term. Appeals submitted after this timeframe will be reviewed for the following term.

Reviewing Your Appeal

A committee will review your appeal paperwork to determine if your financial aid eligibility should be reinstated. We will contact you through your Hawkeye email with the decision once one has been made.

If you have already been awarded financial aid for the upcoming term, but your appeal is not complete, your financial aid funds will be cancelled 30 days after the start of the suspended term. If your appeal is denied, your aid will be canceled upon the denial determination.

Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility

If your appeal is approved by the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Committee and your financial aid eligibility is reinstated, you will be placed on either Probation Status or Academic Plan Status, depending on amount of terms needed to meet the Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress. You will receive a Satisfactory Academic Progress Agreement form via your Hawkeye email to be signed and returned to the Financial Aid office.

If at any time you are no longer following your academic plan and making academic progress, you will again be placed on Suspension Status.

Reinstatement of financial aid is contingent upon the availability of the funds at the time the appeal is approved.

If you were also placed on an Academic Suspension, the approval of your financial aid suspension will not change your academic status. To check your current academic status you will need to contact your academic advisor or Academic Affairs.

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