If a student fails to meet the SAP requirements as stated above due to extenuating circumstances, such as a family member’s death, illness (of the student or an immediate family member), the student may submit a written and signed appeal to the Financial Aid Office. The signed appeal request must be received by the Financial Aid Office within 15 days of receipt of the notice of SAP suspension.
The written appeal should explain any relevant extraordinary circumstances, address the reason(s) for failing to meet the minimum academic requirements, and offer some solution to the problems that affected prior academic performance. Supporting documentation, such as statements from academic advisers, professors or health care providers, may also be requested. The appeal will be reviewed by a committee chaired by the Executive MBA director, associate director of Admissions and assistant director of Financial Aid. All decisions made by the committee are final. Students will be notified if their appeal is granted or denied via an email to their Kellogg email account.
If an appeal is granted, the student will be placed in one of two categories:
1. SAP Probation
If a student is placed on SAP Probation after an appeal, the student will be eligible for federal financial aid during one additional payment period. During the probationary period, the student must meet all SAP requirements. If the student fails to meet SAP during their probationary period, their aid will be suspended without the ability to appeal. In order to reinstate federal financial aid eligibility after the SAP suspension, students must meet the criteria for reinstatement listed above without the use of federal financial aid.
2. SAP Academic Plan
Students may be placed on an academic plan upon submission of a successful appeal. If it is mathematically impossible for a student to resolve all deficiencies during one term of attendance and the student’s reason for appeal is appropriate according to federal regulations, the student may be placed on an academic plan with the end goal being to resolve all deficiencies. An academic plan varies in length and is determined by the SAP committee. It does not have to equate to the exact number of quarters it would take a student to resolve all deficiencies. If the student is meeting the criteria identified in the SAP appeal approval at each quarter review, the student’s academic plan may be extended.