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Appeal Procedure
All graduate students who do not meet satisfactory academic progress requirements may submit a written appeal for a reinstatement of their eligibility to receive federal and institutional aid. To appeal, a student must complete the University of Miami's Academic Progress Appeal. This appeal requires the student to:

  • Submit in writing an explanation as to why he/she was unable to meet or maintain the satisfactory academic progress requirements.
  • Submit all documentation that substantiates the student's circumstances, such as a letter from a doctor or copies of medical bills if a student cites medical reasons for not meeting the requirements.

    Submit the Appeal form and all documentation to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Committee, c/o the Office of Financial Assistance Services. All appeals should be submitted no later than 30 calendar days from notice of ineligibility. Decisions are made based upon the information provided by the student and a review of the student's academic record. All decisions made by the committee are final.

      A. For purposes of this policy, an academic year is defined to be the combined summer sessions, the fall semester, and the spring semester, in that order.
      B. For Graduate Students, completed semester hours is the sum of University credits for which the student has earned a grade of A, B, C, or S. No other status in either category will be considered a completed semester hour.
      C. Hours attempted is defined as the sum of the hours for all University of Miami semester hours for which registration charges are incurred.


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