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Financial Aid Appeal

When a student becomes academically ineligible, they have the right to appeal the suspension of their financial aid based on mitigating circumstances.

Re-establishing Your Academic Financial Aid Eligibility

Federal regulations require students to demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward an eligible degree or certificate program to qualify to receive financial assistance.

If you are no longer eligible for financial aid assistance due to one or more of the federal requirements below, and if you have documented extenuating circumstances, you may submit a Financial Aid Appeal in an effort to request that your financial aid be reinstated:

  1. You were denied financial aid because you did not meet the minimum financial aid GPA standard.
    2. You were denied financial aid because you did not meet the 67% completion rate.
    3. You were denied financial aid because you did not meet the 150% requirement.

Extenuating Circumstances backed by Official Documentation

Your appeal must contain extenuating circumstances which prevented you from making Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Extenuating circumstances are considered to be significant life experiences that impacted your emotional and/or physical health so much that you were unable to make good academic progress while meeting SAP.

Examples of significant extenuating circumstances include:

  • Medical illness and/or injury
  • Death of an immediate family member
  • Divorce
  • Foreclosure or eviction
  • Military Deployment
  • Legal problems or police matters

All of the above examples must pertain to the semester(s) in which you did not meet Satisfactory Academic progress.

You may not base your appeal on:

  • Your need for financial aid
  • Your lack of knowledge that your financial aid was in jeopardy
  • The classes that you took were many years ago
  • You were not focused or committed to your education
  • You did not know what classes to register for
  • You did not know what to major in
  • You did not attend class, or stopped going to class

Financial Aid Appeal Instructions

  • Register for a Virtual Drop-in Advising Session at www.ccri.edu.   Students MUST meet with an Academic Advisor to file a Financial Aid Appeal.
  • During this session, the academic counselor will create an Education Plan for you. This plan is required before your completed Financial Aid Appeal Packet can be reviewed by the Financial Aid Appeals Committee.  Incomplete appeals will not be reviewed. 
  • Complete all relevant sections of the  Financial Aid Appeal Packet.
  • Email the completed (1) Financial Aid Appeal Packet along with your (2) Letter of Explanation (see the Financial Aid Appeal Instructionsfor tips on writing a successful letter) and any necessary (3) Supporting Documentation to [email protected]
  • You will be notified about the status of your financial aid appeal through your MyCCRI email account within 10 working days from the date your completed appeal packet is reviewed.

All appeals must be submitted in writing and documentation must be provided when applicable. The Financial Aid Appeal committee will review appeals and make decisions regarding approval or denial. The decisions of this committee cannot be appealed unless additional information is presented that was not included in the initial appeal. The decision of the Financial Aid Appeal committee may only be overturned by the Director of Financial Aid or their designee.