A student with extenuating circumstances may appeal a financial aid suspension by submitting a typed appeal to the Office of Student Financial Services. Appeals must explain in detail why the student failed to meet the minimum academic standards, what extenuating circumstances caused the failure, and how the situation has since improved. Examples of extenuating circumstances include illness, medical issues with immediate family members, or a death in the family. Personal or financial issues with family, friends, or roommates are not considered extenuating circumstances. A student's typed appeal should include:
- The reason(s) why the student failed to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress.
- Supporting documentation that may be pertinent to the student's appeal.
- An academic plan for success. (Details will be outlined in students suspension letter)
The Office of Student Financial Services appeal committee will evaluate all documentation submitted and the student's appeal will be approved or denied. The results of the appeal will be emailed/posted to the student's NSU Greenmail account within approximately ten working days.
If denied, the student is responsible for paying for their own educational costs until the student improves his/her scholastic record to meet the minimum standards. Students who were denied due to maximum time frame are responsible for paying for their own educational costs for the remainder of their degree program.
If approved, the student will either be:
- Placed on probation for one semester only, or
- Placed on a continued probation based on the academic plan for success that they submitted with their appeal.
The student's approval email/letter will explain all requirements that must be met during his/her probationary period to continue to receive financial aid.
A student who fails to complete a single course or has a complete withdrawal from the university after receiving financial aid may be automatically placed on suspension.