Student Financial Aid Appeal Submission Dates
Summer - No Appeal Process
Fall 2016 - May 2 - June 30, 2016
Spring 2017 - September 16 - October 31, 2016
Click HERE for instructions to complete the appeal process in ACES.
Q. How long do I have to submit supporting documentation once I have submitted my appeal?
A. You have 7 days to submit any supporting documentation after you submit your appeal.
Q. I have been out of college for a number of semesters or years, how can I be on suspension?
A. Your academic history, including hours transferred into the Alamo Colleges, is cumulative and never resets itself. Once you are in violation of SAP requirements, the suspension status remains until an appeal is approved or sufficient progress is made. Transferred hours count towards maximum attempted hours.
Q. I've been removed from Academic Dismissal or am approved for Academic Fresh Start, does this remove me from financial aid suspension?
A. No. An approved petition or Academic Fresh Start does not impact your financial aid suspension. Only an appeal approved through the financial aid appeal committee can reinstate students.
Q. I'm on financial aid suspension, can I still apply for a Direct Loan?
A. No. Your suspension status impacts eligibility for all federal aid, including Direct Loans.
Q. Is there any way to expedite the review of my appeal?
A. No. Appeals are reviewed according to the date they are received.
Q. How long will it take to receive a decision?
A. The review time can take up to 7 weeks and there is no guarantee your appeal will be approved.
Q. How will I be notified whether my appeal is approved or denied?
A. A message will be sent to your ACES financial aid portal.
Q. If my appeal is denied can I petition the decision?
A. No. The committee's decision is final.
Q. If I submitted my appeal before the Priority Processing Date, does this impact the processing time?
A. No. The Priority Processing Date does not apply to Financial Aid Appeals for Reinstatement.
Q. If my appeal is approved, does it go into effect immediately, or can I use it for a later date?
A. If approved, SAP appeals allow financial aid eligibility only during the term for which you are submitting the appeal. If you do not attend Alamo Colleges during the term for which the appeal is submitted, the approval will become null and void. In which case, your SAP status will be returned to 'Suspension' and you will be required to submit another appeal, with no guarantee of approval, if you return to Alamo Colleges at a later date and wish to be considered for financial aid.