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Appeal Process for Financial Aid Reinstatement

If you have been disqualified from receiving financial aid, either for exceeding the maximum time-frame or for failing to meet the GPA or pace (completion rate) standards, you are entitled to go through the appeal process for financial aid reinstatement. Federal law allows schools to approve appeals if injury, illness, death of a relative, or other special circumstances affected a student's ability to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

How to Appeal

  • STEP 1) Meet with a Financial Aid Academic Counselor.
    Be prepared to discuss your specific educational goal (AA, vocational certificate, or transfer) and major at the meeting with the counselor. Together you will create a Financial Aid Educational Plan.
    Counseling will be on a drop-in basis.
    Please see the schedule below for exact locations.
  • STEP 2) Complete the Appeal for Financial Aid Reinstatement Form:
  • STEP 3) Print out completed form and then sign and date (by hand) before submitting it along with your educational plan and any supporting documents to the SMC Financial Aid Office by the respective deadline. Click here to view deadlines.