​​​​​​​​Financial Aid Appeals

Who must appeal?

Any student who is disqualified from receiving financial aid due to not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards and who desire an opportunity to have their financial aid reinstated or extended must go through the appeal process. 

How to file an appeal

There are four different types of appeals. Each appeal has its own filing process:

  1. Reinstatement Appeals: Students disqualified due to not meeting the cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0 and/or the cumulative minimum unit completion percentage of 67% must file a Reinstatement Appeal:

    • Attend a one-time Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) workshop before submitting their appeal. Click here to view available SAP Workshops for available workshop times and dates. 

    • Completely fill out an appeal form through lahc.verifymyfafsa.com account explaining why you were unable to meet SAP policy requirements. To submit the appeal form please do the following:

      • Create an account through lahc.verifymyfafsa.com (if you haven't already done so). If you are creating an account make sure your name, social, and date of birth are correctly filled out. Once your account is created make sure you answer all the questions accurately and concisely. 

      • In order to submit a completed appeal form be sure you have completed the following:

        1. Your completed financial aid appeal form
        2. Your TYPED explanation about what has happened and what has changed
        3. Supporting documentation of extenuating circumstances
        4. Copies of your two GetSAP module completion certificates
          • https://laharbor.get-counseling.com/
          • A Refresher on the Impact of Satisfactory Academic Progress
          • The Key Components to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Financial Aid Appeal Process
        5. Attend a virtual SAP workshop with our Financial Aid Counselor, Leland: https://lsimpliciano.youcanbook.me/

        Your financial aid appeal MAY NOT be reviewed or accepted if:

        • You have not filed your FAFSA for the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 academic year.
        • You are not enrolled in classes, for the semester you are appealing for.
        • You do not submit the proper supporting documentation.
        • You do not submit your two printed GetSAP Completion Certificates
        • You do not attend a SAP Workshop.​
      • Once you submit it you will receive a confirmation email to your student email.

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  1. Extension Appeals: Students disqualified due to exceeding the 150% unit time-frame or who have earned a Associates degree or higher outside of the LACCD must file an Extension Appeal:

    • Students will make an appointment with a Los Angeles Harbor College academic counselor to create a Student Educational Plan in the college's new system. Once the Educational Plan is created you do not need to submit it to the Financial Aid Office. Paper Educational Plans will not be accepted.

    • Make sure you answer all the questions accurately and concisely. You may attach any documentation that will help build your case. Click here to access the SAP form for 150.pdf

    • Students must go to the Student Portal to submit the appeal. 

      • Click on Student's Finances Menu to access the SAP Petition Forms under Financial Aid. 

      • Complete the process online and submit it.

      • Extension appeal forms cannot be submitted at the Financial Aid office counter.

  2. Combination Appeals (Extension and Reinstatement): Students disqualified due to not meeting the cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0 and/or the cumulative minimum unit completion percentage of 67% AND due to exceeding the 150% unit time-frame and/or have earned a Associates degree or higher outside of the LACCD. 

    • Complete all steps for both 1. Reinstatement Appeal and 2. Extension Appeals as stated above.

What are the appeal deadlines?

  • Fall 2019: December 5, 2019
  • Winter 2020: January 24, 2020
  • Spring 2020: May 21, 2020​
  • Summer 2020: August 6, 2020

What is the review process?

  • The first-level appeal for both Reinstatement and Extension appeals will be reviewed by the Appeals Committee. The result of the first-level appeal will generally be emailed to the student's LACCD email account within 45 calendar days. During peak periods, which are August through October and January through March, the review process may take up to eight (8) weeks due to the number of appeals received.

What options do I have if my appeal is denied?

  • If the first-level appeal is denied, the student may submit a Second-Level Appeal.pdf within fourteen (14) calendar days of the notification. The second-level appeal is reviewed by the Financial Aid Director. The result of the second-level appeal will generally be emailed to the student's LACCD email account within two (2) weeks.

SAP Appeals workshops

Topics covered include the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards and the process of appealing for reinstatement. The presenter will discuss the appeal process and what a student should include in their appeal to improve their chances of getting their financial aid reinstated. Students who have been disqualified due to not meeting the cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0 and/or the cumulative minimum unit completion percentage of 67% must attend this workshop.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the workshop. You must bring a student ID or a valid government issued ID (state, federal, or military) and an ink pen.​

Click here to see the list of available Appeals workshops times and dates.​