SAP Appeals


If you have experienced extenuating circumstances beyond your control that prevented you from satisfying the requirements to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), you may appeal that status.

What type of appeal do I need to file?


Extenuating circumstances beyond a student's control include, but are not limited to:

  • Documented medical condition or serious illness
  • Documented learning disability
  • Death of a family member or friend
  • Domestic violence
  • Involuntary call to active military duty
  • Documented change in conditions of employment
  • Other extraordinary/emergency circumstances, such as natural disasters.
  • Maximum Time Frame Appeals
    • Completed prior degree(s) before enrolling in current degree program
    • Dislocated worker

FAILED Financial Aid Academic Plan

Extenuating circumstances occurring during the term in which the student failed their Financial Aid Academic Plan:

  • Death of an immediate family member (spouse, mother, father, guardian, sister, brother, son or daughter)
  • Major medical issue (i.e. requires hospitalization) experienced by the student or an immediate family member of the student (as designated above)
  • Domestic violence
  • Involuntary call to active military duty
  • Other extreme circumstances (case by case basis)

The following circumstances are not considered extenuating and beyond the student's control, but based on personal choices:

  • Incarceration resulting from a guilty verdict
  • Voluntary pause, lapse, or termination of employment
  • Voluntary overtime
  • Young and irresponsible

What form do I need to submit?

Choose and complete the form that fits your situation.

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal 
    Complete this form if you are on Financial Aid Suspension for Financial Aid GPA, Completion Ratio, Maximum Time Frame, or a failed Financial Aid Academic Plan, and are submitting an initial appeal.
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal for a denied SAP Appeal 
    Complete this form if you are appealing a denied SAP Appeal. You must meet with a Financial Assistance Services Counselor or call and speak with a Cyber Generalist (if you are a distance learner) in order to obtain this form and a Counselor must sign the form. You are limited to one appeal to a denial per academic year. 

To submit an SAP Appeal you may bring it into Financial Aid, fax it to 727-444-6991, or e-mail it to 

 A verbal appeal will not be accepted.

What do I need to include in my appeal?

Unofficial Transcript 

You must mark the terms and academic years you experienced extenuating circumstances.  Do not mark just the previous academic year.

My Learning Plan 

Print and attach a copy of your My Learning Plan signed by an advisor or a Cyber Generalist (if you are a distance learner). If Maximum Time Frame Appeal, document the classes and number of credit hours you have remaining to complete your program.


Appeals must be typewritten, signed, and include a detailed explanation of how extenuating circumstances beyond your control prevented you from meeting the requirements. In addition, you must explain what has changed that will allow you to maintain academic progress. If Maximum Time Frame Appeal, you must explain why you are not on target to complete your degree program within 150% of the credit hours needed for your current degree.


Attach date-specific documentation from a disinterested third party. Documentation should be kept to the minimum amount needed to provide sufficient proof of what is written in your appeal. FAS reserves the right to require a student to reduce the number of pages if there is an abundance of documentation NOT needed for an approval.

Documentation includes, but is not limited to:

  • Letter from a physician or counselor on letterhead indicating the dates you were under their care
  • Copy of a death certificate, obituary or third-party documentation of death
  • Accident reports, police records, court records, etc.

DO NOT submit original documents - they will not be returned.  Make sure all copies are legible.

Letters from family, relatives, and friends are not recommended. If this is the ONLY information that can be provided, you must meet with a Financial Assistance Counselor to determine what is acceptable. If the FAS Counselor approves submission of such letters, they must be returned to Financial Assistance Services.

Appeals submitted without documentation will be denied or returned without review.

Documents must be submitted according to the requirements listed above; however, this DOES NOT GUARANTEE approval.   

Appeal time frame

Appeals are reviewed within 15 working days of receipt of all required documentation in Financial Assistance Services. You will be notified by email if the above timeframe is revised during peak processing times.


Results will be emailed to your SPC student email. If you do not have a FAFSA on file for the term in which you are appealing, you will not be notified via email. You may call or visit your campus Financial Assistance Services for results.

You may also view your status in MySPC.


Students with an approved SAP Appeal will have their financial aid reinstated, will be placed on Financial Aid Probation for one term only and be assigned a Financial Aid Academic Plan.

Any student whose SAP Appeal has been denied or whose eligibility has been suspended for Satisfactory Academic Progress reasons will have financial assistance eligibility reinstated once the requirements are met, whether or not the student submitted an appeal.

What is an SAP Appeal?

What are the criteria that are considered for a GPA/Completion Ratio Appeal?

What is a Maximum Time Frame appeal?