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Financial Aid Appeals

Approval or denial of a financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress appeal does not address or affect eligibility for UT scholarships or the HOPE Scholarship. You are also advised to consult with One Stop before making any academic decisions that may affect your financial aid eligibility (such as failure to attend class, class withdrawals, incompletes, etc.)

Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals

If you have extenuating circumstances, you may appeal the decision that you are no longer eligible for financial aid.

You must provide an appeal form, supporting documentation, and an academic plan of action detailing your courses needed through graduation, signed by your advisor. All of these items must be provided before the appeal can be reviewed.

Situations that may be considered in an appeal include, but are not limited to:

  • Extenuating circumstances that prevented you from maintaining satisfactory academic progress, but have since been resolved
  • Serious illness or injury
  • Death of an immediate family member
  • Class cancellations
  • Dual degree objective
  • Change in major (only one change in major per student will be considered)
  • Academic second opportunity

If you have a grade change after you have been notified that you are not meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements and you feel the grade change would allow you to meet the standards, it is your responsibility to submit a request to review your status. The request should be in writing and should explain why the grade was changed after the Registrar certified grades for the semester.

UT will take into consideration the total number of appeals you submit. If your appeal is granted, your progress will be reviewed at the end of the probationary term. You do not need to submit additional documentation for this review to occur. Once you have been reviewed, you will be notified of the results of your semester progress and future aid eligibility through your UT email account.

If Your Appeal Is Approved for a Probationary Semester of Aid

You will receive one semester of aid on a probationary status. You must meet all the following criteria to be back in good standing and off probation.

  1. Achieve a 2.0 GPA for the probationary semester
  2. Complete 67% of the hours attempted for the probationary semester
  3. Follow your academic plan submitted with your appeal

If after your probationary term, you meet the cumulative 2.0 GPA and 67% completion standards your Satisfactory Academic Progress hold will be cleared.

If you do not meet the cumulative standards after your probationary term, you may be eligible for continued probationary status on a term by term basis provided that you continue to pass 67% each term with a minimum 2.0 GPA. You will be required to complete a Request for Review of Academic Plan form that will be emailed to you at the end of your probationary term. You may also be required to submit an updated academic plan.

If you do not meet the term requirements, you will no longer be eligible for financial aid.

If you have a SAP hold or you’re on SAP probation, you must follow your academic plan without deviation. Deviation from the plan without prior authorization will result in failing the probationary period and you will no longer be eligible for financial aid.

If You Do Not Appeal or Your Appeal Is Denied

You will not be eligible for financial aid until you meet the cumulative SAP standards.

You may attend the following semester(s) at UT or another institution and successfully complete enough credit hours to reach the cumulative 67% credit hours requirement with the required GPA. You will not receive financial aid during this time.

If you choose to attend another institution, aid cannot be awarded until an academic transcript is received and reviewed.

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