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Financial Aid Appeals

Who may 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 or major. 
  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
  1. Students who wish to submit a reinstatement appeal must complete the mandatory Online Satisfactory Academic Progress Workshop
    • The workshop requires that you read the material and correctly answer four questions (if you do not answer ALL the questions correctly you will have to review the workshop content again).
    • After successfully completing the workshop, the system will generate the SAP Workshop Certificate of Completion (you will need it for your appeal).
  2. Access the appeal form on your portal: https://lacitycollege.verifymyfafsa.com and click the SAP Appeal Tab (the SAP appeal tab should be available the next business day after creating the account)
    • When prompted, explain the circumstances that caused you to fail to meet satisfactory academic progress standards and describe the steps you are taking to ensure you continue to meet satisfactory academic progress in the future.
    • Upload the SAP Workshop Certificate of Completion and any additional third party supporting documentation.
    • Submit the online appeal form.
How to submit an Extension Appeal
  1. Make an appointment with your LACC Academic Counselor to create your Student Educational Plan and discuss your academic progress.
  2. You must log in to the Student Portal to initiate the extension appeal:

    • Click on the Financial Aid and Scholarships menu and select the current academic if prompted.

    • Click on the SAP Extension of Appeal from the menu on the left.

    • Follow the instructions and answer all required questions.

    • Submit your appeal.

How to submit a Combination Appeal (Extension and Reinstatement)
  1. Make an appointment with your LACC Academic Counselor to create or update your Student Educational Plan and discuss your academic progress.
  2. 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 do not answer ALL the questions correctly you will have to review the workshop content again).
    • After successfully completing the workshop, the system will generate a certificate of completion (you will need it for your appeal).
    • You must log in to the Student Portal to initiate the extension appeal:

      • Click on the Financial Aid and Scholarships menu and select the current academic year if prompted.

      • Click on the SAP Extension of Appeal from the menu on the left.

      • Follow the instructions and answer all required questions.

      • Upload the SAP Workshop Certificate of Completion under Supporting Documentation.

      • Submit your appeal.

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: Extended deadline November 22, 2019 (original 11/08/2019)
  • Winter 2020: January 17, 2020
  • Spring 2020: April 24, 2020
  • Summer 2020: July 24, 2020
What is the review process?
  • The first-level and second level appeals 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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