Regaining Eligibility - Appeal Process

Students, who fail to meet the academic standards of progress because of extenuating circumstances (please see below examples of ‘extenuating’ circumstances) may submit their appeal forms to the Financial Aid Office. An Appeal Form may be picked up or obtained from the financial aid website at and submit to the Office of Financial Aid at the end of the semester. Students will be allowed to appeal only twice during their enrollment at Bergen Community College.

Extenuating circumstances that may be considered:

  • Death in the student’s family
  • Trauma in student’s life
  • Serious illness to student
  • Involuntary call to Active Duty
  • Emergencies circumstances
  • Drastic Change to Employment Conditions

The SAP Committee will receive and review the appeal and student will be contacted of the Committee’s decision via email within 15 days of submission.

Under extreme circumstances beyond student’s control, students who fail probation may submit an appeal to the Dean of Student Services for further review. The appeal must include all supporting documentation pertaining to the term the student was not able to maintain minimum SAP standards.