1.      My contract says I cannot drop after the census date, but I thought I had until the last day to drop. Isn’t this the same day?

-          No, the census date is generally two weeks before the last day to drop.

2.      My appeal was denied. Can I appeal again?

-          No, you would need to regain SAP status on your own before you would be eligible to receive aid again.

3.      I had a semester’s worth of grades wiped out by medical withdrawal. Why are you counting those hours and grades?

-          For SAP purposes, all courses wiped out by a medical withdrawal after the census date will count for GPA and hours attempted.

4.      How is my Pace of Progress determined?

-          This standard is calculated by dividing the cumulative number of credits successfully completed by the cumulative number of credits the student has attempted.  Attempted hours are the credits you are currently enrolled in at the time of census. 

5.      You are counting way too many hours in my maximum timeframe.  Some of those hours were from AP classes in HS.  Why are you counting those?

-          All courses transferred to VT are counted as completed credits and will count toward your maximum timeframe. 

6.      I dropped some classes because I was going to receive failing grades, but it ruined my pace of progress?  Isn’t GPA more important?

-          GPA is important, however, all aspects of SAP matter.

7.      I failed my contract.  Can I appeal again?

-          No, you would need to regain SAP status on your own before you would be eligible to receive aid again.

8.      How long does it take once I submit an appeal?

-          Generally, it takes a minimum of two weeks for your appeal to be processed.

9.      What is considered “supporting documentation” in an appeal?

-          Third party documentation cannot be from a family member.  This can be a letter to verify your circumstances.  Sources may include counselor, doctor, police, clergy, etc.

10.   If I don’t meet SAP, can I still get an alternative/private loan?

-          No, you will need to regain SAP status on your own before you would be eligible to receive aid again, including alternative loans.