Appeal Process

What is the process?

Federal Regulations allow an institution to use professional judgment on a case-by-case basis to determine if an unusual or extraordinary situation affected the student’s progression toward the successful completion of his or her program of study. The decision to permit appeals and the methods involved in reviewing appeals is at the discretion of the North Idaho College (NIC) Financial Aid Office.

Our office recognizes that unusual and extraordinary situations do occur and therefore allow Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeals for the following conditions:

  • Illness or injury of the student or the student’s dependent (medical documentation required)
  • Death of a family member (death certificate or Obituary notice documentation required)
  • Interpersonal problems with family or friends and/or difficulty balancing responsibilities (documentation required – two reference letters, one personal and one professional)
  • Financial difficulties (documentation required – Bills, statements, collection notices, or eviction notices)
  • Maximum Time Frame -  (Current degree audit which shows the students current program, number of classes needed to complete program and current registration status).

The following information must be included in the appeal:

  • Why the student believes he or she failed to make SAP
  • What has changed in the student’s situation that will allow him or her to succeed at next evaluation