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Re-establishing Aid

  Re-establishing Eligibility for Financial Aid

A student may re-establish eligibility for Title IV aid by paying for and passing credits and/or improving cumulative GPA that was lacking.  Once the student has resolved the deficiency, the student can notify the Financial Aid Office in writing that he/she would like to be re-evaluated for Title IV aid. 

Alternatively, a student may also have grades posted for incomplete coursework or study abroad or have a grade changed.  In these cases, a student must complete an “Academic Progress Exception Form” and send a copy of his/her final transcript to the Financial Aid Office.  If coursework was completed outside the Pitt system, the student must include a copy of that grade transcript as well.  The deadline for submitting this exception form is October 15th following the initial year of unsatisfactory progress. 

 -- OR --    

 Written Appeal for Academic Progress

  • Appeals will be granted only in extreme circumstances due to events beyond the student’s control, such as – death of a student’s relative, injury or illness of student (see chart below).  If such a circumstance has occurred, the student should submit an appeal in writing, along with all required documentation. 

 

 Family Circumstances

 Medical Concerns

 Work Circumstances

 
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Birth Certificate
  • Divorce Papers
  • Court Documents
  • Police Reports
  • A copy of plane tickets
 
 
  • A copy of medical bills
  • Letter for Doctor:
    • Verifying illness
    • Verifying treatment
    • Supporting your ability to handle an academic course-load
     
 
 
  • Letter from Employer
    • Verifying unemployment
    • Verifying reduced hours
     
 

 Death

 Emotional Concerns

 Accident

 
  • Death Certificate
  • Obituary
  • Memorial Service Bulletin
 
 
  • Letter from a counselor/therapist
    • Verifying treatment
    • Supporting your ability to handle an academic course-load
     
 
 
  • Original police report
  • Medical documentation
  • Car repair bills
 

 

 

 Incomplete forms and requests without proper documentation will be automatically returned to the student for completions.   Appeal must include:  

  • An explanation of why the student failed to make satisfactory academic progress  

-- AND --   

  • what has changed that will allow the student to make satisfactory academic progress at the next evaluation. 
  • The completed appeal and the required documentation must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.  The appeal form and the required documentation will then be forwarded to the Financial Aid Appeal Committee for review.  The decision of the Appeal Committee is final and may not be appealed.  Students will receive email notification of the committee’s decision.
  • If an appeal is approved, the student is placed on “financial aid probation” status when it is assumed they can meet SAP within one (1) term and “financial aid academic plan” if the student is not able to get to a 2.0 and 67% in one (1) term, Title IV aid eligibility is reinstated for the next payment period or term (with possible requirements specified by the school). If the student does not make satisfactory progress or meet requirements of the academic plan by the end of the next payment period or term, the student loses eligibility for Title IV aid again.

 

  • 2nd or Subsequent Appeal
    What happens if I am granted a first appeal and then fail to meet the requirements of the academic plan or probation?
    • If student appeals and is placed on academic probation or plan and does not meet the terms of the agreement, the student must complete six (6) credits that apply toward graduation on his/her own and obtain at least a 2.0 term GPA before the student can appeal for federal financial aid again.
    • If GPA was also an issue and the student was placed on academic probation or plan and did not meet the terms of the agreement, student must obtain at least a 2.3 term GPA and complete six (6) credits that apply toward graduation on his/her own. The bill for the make-up term must be paid in full before the subsequent appeal will be renewed.