SAP Appeals

A SAP appeal must be submitted for review to determine if you can regain eligibility for aid. You must submit the following items to be considered for appeal:

  • A copy of your unofficial UMBC transcript
  • A typed one page explanation of the reasons you failed to meet SAP standards (you must also include what has changed and your plan to ensure future academic success)
  • Documentation supporting the extenuating circumstance(s) listed in your appeal letter (for example: if an immediate family member passed away, include an obituary/death certificate; for medical issues, include a completed SAP Medical Form; for an employment situation, include a statement from that employer; for an auto accident, include a police report and/or medical documentation; etc. - timeframes on your documentation should support your statement)
  • A completed Academic Plan of Action Form (must be signed by a UMBC Academic Advisor)

Your documentation must support the circumstance outlined in your appeal letter.

Submission of a SAP appeal does not guarantee that your appeal will be approved. SAP decisions rendered by the SAP Appeals Committee are final and cannot be appealed.

You may continue to attend classes while appealing SAP restriction; however, financial aid will not be released unless the appeal is approved. If you wish to receive an appeal decision that may impact your decision to enroll, you must adhere to the deadline date specified in your email notification. Please be aware that late appeals will not be considered. You will be responsible for payment of your bill by the due date for any outstanding charges even if your appeal decision is pending.

2013-2014 Deadlines for SAP Appeals

The SAP Appeals Committee will meet to review all complete appeals and decision letters will be emailed to your myUMBC email address within 3-4 weeks of the deadline date. Decisions made by the SAP Committee are final and cannot be appealed.

Please note: if you are currently enrolled and appealing for the upcoming semester, all current semester grades must be reviewed before your appeal decision can be determined.

You must submit the appeal and all supporting documentation no later than one of the following deadline dates:

July 26, 2013, 4:00pm

  • If you are appealing to receive summer Pell Grant based on your 2013/14 FAFSA and/or fall 2013 financial aid, you must submit all documents by this deadline
  • Decision notifications will be emailed before the start of the fall semester unless you are enrolled in summer courses - summer grades must be reviewed before an evaluation can be completed

January 3, 2014, 4:00pm

  • If you are appealing to receive spring/summer 2014 financial aid, you must submit all documents by this deadline
  • Decision notifications will be emailed before the start of the spring semester unless you are enrolled in fall courses - fall grades must be reviewed before an evaluation can be completed

May 1, 2014, 4:00pm

  • If you are appealing to receive financial aid for summer 2014, you must submit all documents by this deadline
  • Decision notifications will be emailed before the start of the summer semester unless you are enrolled in spring courses - spring grades must be reviewed before an evaluation can be completed

If you do not appeal by one of these deadline dates you will not have financial aid to assist you for the 2013 - 2014 academic year.

For your appeal to be considered, please submit the following documentation:

Please be aware that late and/or incomplete appeals will not be considered.

Please note: If you are currently dismissed or suspended from UMBC, you must be readmitted to the university before your SAP appeal can be considered. Reinstatement to the university does not guarantee receipt of financial aid.

SAP Approved Appeals

Students whose SAP appeals are approved will be placed on Financial Aid Probation for the upcoming semester.

Students placed on Financial Aid Probation will:

  • Only have financial aid approved for the probationary semester
  • Have their academic progress reviewed at the end of the first semester of their probationary period

Students placed on Financial Aid Probation must:

  • Enroll only in courses outlined in their Academic Plan for each specific term
  • Successfully complete each course within the term with a passing grade of A, B, C or P
    (Receiving grades of I, F, W, or D in a course are considered non-passing grades)

Students that fail to meet their plan requirements or have not regained eligibility by meeting SAP standards will be placed on SAP Restriction and may only appeal if they have new extenuating circumstances that impacted their inability to meet the terms of their Financial Aid Probation.