Reinstate Financial Aid Eligibility
Students who violate the qualitative aspect of this policy must raise their cumulative grade point average at the University of Utah to a 2.0 minimum. It will be necessary for students to attend without the assistance of federal aid programs during the time in which they are attempting to raise the cumulative grade point average.
Maximum Time Frame
If the student graduates and enters a new program, new degree time limits apply and the class level violation will be cleared upon review.
A student must attend and complete enough credit hours to raise his or her aggregate completion rate to 67 percent. It will be necessary for students to attend without the assistance of federal aid during the time in which they are attempting to raise the aggregate completion rate.
Notification of Compliance by the Student
It is the responsibility of the student to inform the Financial Aid Office once eligibility is reestablished. The student may do this by submitting a written memo, or by meeting with a counselor. In either case, the counselor will verify the student’s compliance before reinstating federal aid eligibility. If, through the course of reviewing a student’s file, a counselor identifies that a student is eligible, the SAP holds may be removed without notification from the student.
Eligibility Reestablished Prior to Notification from Student
A student becomes eligible for aid as soon as he or she has satisfied the above requirements. However, if notification from a student is received after the term, in which the student reinstated eligibility, aid may not be applied retroactively to that semester. An appeal may not award aid retroactively to a term in which the student did not meet the SAP Standards.
Reestablishing Eligibility - Appeal Process
A student who does not comply with the SAP standards, but believes that there were exceptional or unusual circumstances beyond his or her control that impeded his or her ability to maintain the SAP standards, may submit a written appeal to the Financial Aid and Scholarships office.
Exceptional circumstances are determined through the use of professional judgment. Some examples may include a student who became very ill during the semester, a student who was severely injured, or the death of a student’s relative. See the appeals policy for a detailed explanation of this process.