Satisfactory Academic Progress Instructions

Right to Request a Review

If your eligibility for Title IV financial aid has been suspended because you have not met each of three standards of academic progress and you have experienced unusual circumstances that affected your ability to meet those standards, you may request a review of that suspension to the University Committee on Student Financial Services.


An unusual circumstance for this purpose is a serious situation outside the student’s control that had a negative impact on the student’s ability to complete courses at UNA and maintain satisfactory grades. Freshman or transfer year adjustment, for example, is probably not a truly unusual circumstance.

Review Process

Requests for review are screened and may be considered individually and independently by Committee members who are appointed by UNA’s president. Allow at least 2-3 weeks for complete review and more time during interim periods. If you submit a written request for review, you will be notified in writing of the Committee’s decision, which is final.

Types of Title IV Aid

Pell Grant
Federal Work Study
Alabama Student Assistance Program
Stafford Loan, including Unsubsidized
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students

Preparing Your Appeal

If you decide to appeal, here are some suggestions that might improve your chance of being reinstated:

  • Stick to the facts. Write about facts relevant to the unusual circumstances leading to your academic standing.
  • Discuss how you plan to improve your academic performance in future semesters.
  • Don’t write about your “need” for financial aid. It is not the function of the Committee to evaluate your financial need. Rather, the Committee determines the impact of your unusual circumstances on your academic progress.
  • Observe Standard English and college composition guidelines.