FINANCIAL AID Regaining Eligibility A student may regain eligibility for financial aid by: • Paying for expenses related to enrollment from personal resources until the student has satisfied the minimum Standards of Academic Progress (SAP). • Students placed on financial aid suspension while enrolled for six (6) or more hours must enroll for six (6) or more hours and meet the minimum requirements as stated above. • Students placed on financial aid suspension while enrolled less than six (6) hours may enroll for less than six (6) hours and complete all hours with a 2.0 or better to remove the financial aid suspension status; however, their status will only improve to financial aid warning. • Students who had extenuating circumstances for not maintaining SAP, may appeal the suspension status by filing a written appeal with Financial Aid Services within 10 business days from receipt of the Suspension Letter.
Financial Aid Suspension Appeal Process
Federal regulations provide for hardship waivers based on the death of a relative, personal injury, illness (self and family) or other extenuating circumstances that prevent the student from making progress. Students must complete a Financial Aid Appeal Form and a narrative as to the circumstance(s) that prevented SAP and attach supporting documentation such as: • Death Certificate • Letter from a doctor on official letterhead • Police records or court documents • Other verifiable documents that support the student’s claim. In addition, students must also provide a statement indicating what provisions have been made to ensure the circumstance(s), if any, will not reoccur or interfere with future academic progress.
Maximum Time Frame Appeal A student appealing due to having exceeded the maximum time frame must complete the Maximum Time Frame Appeal form along with a narrative explaining the reasons why the time frame was exceeded. A signed copy of an up-to-date degree plan along with a degree plan summary sheet must also be submitted to Financial Aid Services. A student enrolled in a transfer program must submit a degree plan by a university advisor where the student is transferring from. The degree plan must list the accepted DMC hours and the remaining DMC hours required to complete the transfer program. Financial Aid Services will notify the student of the findings and recommendations within three (3) weeks of submission of the student’s financial aid appeal. Students whose appeal has been granted will be placed on financial aid probation. Should the appeal be denied, the student has the right to appeal in writing to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee within eight (8) business days from the date of the denial letter. The decision of the Committee will be based solely on the review of the student’s record and shall be final. 33
2012-2013 Edition of the Catalog and Student Handbook for Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas