I was put on financial aid suspension for Fall 2010. I just found out yesterday. I plan to appeal becausse I did have medical issues affecting my academic performance.
My question however, is- I had no idea I would be placed on financial aid suspension so quickly, because my school's financial aid website says the following:
Financial Aid Probation Status:
A student who does not meet the SAP standards will be placed on Financial Aid Probation and sent a communication regarding their status and the ramifications. A student may be on probation for a maximum of two terms, no exceptions.
Financial Aid Suspension Status:
A student who has been placed on probation for two terms and then fails to meet SAP standards a third time will immediately be placed on Financial Aid Suspension. Suspension means that the student is no longer eligible for federal or institutional financial aid.
Here is the thing- I was never placed on Financial aid probation- much less for 2 terms! Isn't this also the University's goofup because they are ignoring their own policy? Should I put that in my appeal or speak to someone high in the department about this? I know my grades are my responsbility- however- I feel it is highly unfair that I was not even given a probation period!
Also- just to clarify- I've only been at the University for 2 semesters, so there is no way I could have been on Financial Aid Probation for 2 terms. My GPA was JUST below 2.0, so it's not like I completely flunked everything.
My understanding of the policy stated is that a student must fail to meet SAP requirements after 2 terms on probation in order to be placed on suspension... in that order.
So can a college really just ignore their own policy? I don't feel that's right at all. I'm not being combative and I'm not looking to blame anyone other than me for my GPA however, if by the school's own policy I should have been placed on financial aid probation instead of suspension, well, that's really not fair.
Also, a few months ago, I asked my financial aid advisor what would happen if my GPA didn't quite make it to 2.0, and specifically asked if I would lose my financial aid for Fall, and she said NO.