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Financial Aid Appeals

Who must appeal?

Any student who is disqualified from receiving financial aid due to not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards and who desire an opportunity to have their financial aid reinstated or extended must go through the appeal process. 

There are five types of appeals:

  1. Reinstatement appeals: Students disqualified due to not meeting the cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0 and/or the cumulative minimum unit completion percentage of 67%.
  2. Extension Appeals: Students disqualified due to exceeding the 150% unit time-frame of their stated academic goal or major.
  3. Combination Appeals (Extension and Reinstatement): Students disqualified due to not meeting the cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0 and/or the cumulative minimum unit completion percentage of 67% AND due to exceeding the 150% unit time-frame of their stated academic goal or major.
  4. Course Petition: Students who have an approved financial aid Extension Appeal but need to make changes or adjustments to the courses that are needed to complete that previously approved goal. 
  5. Repeated Coursework Petition: Students who have an approved financial aid Extension Appeal and need to repeat one or more of the courses that are required for the students' major and objective.
How to submit your Reinstatement Appeal
  • Click here to access the Online Satisfactory Academic Progress Workshop
    • The workshop requires that you read the material and correctly answer four questions.
    • If you don't answer all the questions correctly you will have to review the workshop content again.
    • Once you have correctly answered all of the questions the system will generate a password. 
    • Use the password to access the appeal. Note that you will not be able to access the appeal without a password.
    • The link to the Reinstatement Appeals Form will show after completing successfully the workshop
  • Complete the online appeals form
    • Explain why you were unable to meet SAP standard(s).

    • Describe any changes that you have made that will help you to meet the standard(s).

    • Make sure you answer all the questions accurately and concisely. You may upload any supporting documentation that will help build your case.

  • Submit the online appeal form. You will receive a confirmation receipt on your student email.

How to submit an Extension Appeal
  1. Students will make an appointment with a Los Angeles City College academic counselor to create a Student Educational Plan. You do not need to submit your educational plan to the Financial Aid Office.
  2. Students must go to the Student Portal to initiate the appeal. 

    • Click on Student's Finances Menu to access the SAP Petition Forms under Financial Aid. 

    • Complete the process online and submit it.

How to submit a Combination Appeal (Extension and Reinstatement)
  1. Complete the steps for a Reinstatement Appeal as stated above
  2. Complete the steps for an Extension Appeals as stated above.
How to submit a Course Petition

This Course Petition is only for students that have submitted an Extension Appeal, it was approved, and they have updated their Educational Plan with additional coursework.

  1. Make sure that your academic counselor has updated your Student Educational Plan (SEP) to reflect the additional courses that are applicable toward the goal approved on the Extension Appeal.
  2. Click here to access the online form. Make sure you answer all the questions accurately and concisely. You may attach any documentation that will help build your case.
  3. List any classes that were not approved in the initial appeal and that appear now on your updated Educational Plan
  4. Submit the online appeal form. You will receive a confirmation receipt on your student email.

  5. Appeal forms cannot be submitted at the Financial Aid office counter.

How to submit a Repeated Coursework Petition

This Repeated Coursework Petition is only for students that have submitted an Extension Appeal, it was approved, and they are repeating an approved class under that appeal.

  1. Click here to access the online form. Make sure you answer all the questions accurately and concisely. 

  2. Submit the online appeal form. You will receive a confirmation receipt on your student email.

  3. Appeal forms cannot be submitted at the Financial Aid office counter.

What are the appeal deadlines?
  • Fall 2019: November 8, 2019
  • Winter 2020: January 17, 2020
  • Spring 2020: April 24, 2020
  • Summer 2020: July 24, 2020
What is the review process?
  • The first-level appeal for both Reinstatement and Extension appeals will be reviewed by the Appeals Committee. The result of the first-level appeal will generally be emailed to the student's LACCD email account within 45 calendar days. During peak periods, which are August through October and January through March, the review process may take up to eight (8) weeks due to the number of appeals received.
What options do I have if my appeal is denied?
  • If the first-level appeal is denied, the student may submit a second-level appeal within fourteen (14) calendar days of the notification. The second-level appeal is reviewed by the Associate Dean or his designee. The result of the second-level appeal will generally be emailed to the student's LACCD email account within two (2) weeks.
  • An Administrative District Review may be initiated by the student who reasonably believes that the college, state, and/or federal guidelines were applied incorrectly, and therefore, adversely affected the student's financial aid status, rights and privileges. A request for Administrative Review can only be submitted after denial from the first-level and second-level petitions. An Administrative Review is conducted by a district-appointed administrator. Administrative Reviews must be submitted before the end of the specified semester for which the student is requesting reinstatement or extension of financial aid eligibility. You may submit a completed copy of the form to the financial aid office in person or you may email a scanned copy to aidappeals@lacitycollege.edu from your student email account (the form is not fillable).

 

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