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Appeal Procedure

The Office of Financial Assistance Services notifies students failing to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress in writing. To appeal, a student must complete the University of Miami's Academic Progress Appeal Form. Appeals may be granted only if the student failed to meet academic progress requirements as a result of an emergency and/or illness. This appeal requires the student to:

  • Submit in writing an explanation of why he/she was unable to meet or maintain the academic progress requirements  that describes the illness or emergency and a letter from parents (dependent students), explaining its impact on the student's performance; and
  • 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 (i.e. copy of a doctor's statement, hospital bill, bills related to the emergency, police report, divorce documents, obituary/death certificate, etc.).

    The circumstance affecting the student's satisfactory academic performance must occur within the semester/academic year which the student failed to maintain sufficient academic progress. Incomplete courses are taken into consideration during our review; therefore students with an “I” must explain reasons for incompletion.

    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 Undergraduates, completed semester hours is the sum of University credits for which the student has earned a grade of A, B, C, D, or CR (including repeats).  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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