Financial Aid Suspension Appeals

If you fail to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards for financial aid due to a crisis situation, such as personal illness or accident, serious illness or death within the immediate family, or other circumstances beyond your reasonable control, the following steps may be completed to receive consideration for reinstatement of financial aid eligibility.

Financial Aid Suspension Status Appeal Process

  1. Complete the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Appeal form [pdf]. This form requires you to provide a written explanation of your situation and provide supporting documents to verify your situation.

  2. Set up an appointment to meet with your academic advisor to complete an Academic Planning Worksheet. Your advisor will help you develop a plan to complete your program and graduate from Hawkeye.

  3. Submit the following to the Financial Aid office:

    1. your completed Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Appeal Form
    2. your completed Academic Planning worksheet
    3. documentation of your crisis situation. If no documentation is submitted with the appeal, it may be denied.


Appeals will only be reviewed for the current term until 30 calendar days into the term starting from the first day of the term. Appeals submitted after this timeframe will be reviewed for the following term.

See Dates and Deadlines for the specific dates.

Reviewing Your Appeal

A committee will review your appeal paperwork to determine if your financial aid eligibility should be reinstated. Once a decision has been made we will contact you via your Hawkeye email.

Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility

If your appeal is approved by the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Committee and your financial aid eligibility is reinstated, you will be placed on either Probation status or Academic Plan status. You will receive a Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Agreement form via your Hawkeye email to be signed and returned to the Financial Aid office.

You are expected to follow the detailed academic plan that is discussed with the advisor and submitted with the appeal. If at any time you are no longer following your academic plan and making academic progress, you will again be placed on Suspension status.

To check your current academic status you will need to contact your academic advisor or Academic Affairs. Approved appeals require a signed contract to be returned to the Financial Aid office prior to the end of the semester being approved in order for aid to be awarded for that semester.

Financial Aid Adjustment

If you have already been awarded financial aid for the upcoming term, but your appeal is not complete or approved, your financial aid funds will be cancelled for the entire award year at the time of suspension.

Reinstatement of financial aid is contingent upon the availability of the funds at the time the appeal is approved.

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