Regaining Eligibility - Appeal Process

Students, who fail to meet the academic standards of progress because of extenuating circumstances may submit their appeal forms to the Financial Aid Office.

Students will be allowed to appeal only twice during their enrollment at Bergen Community College.

How to Appeal an Unsatisfactory Status

  • Step 1. Please see an Academic Counselor/Advisor in the Center for Student Success/One Stop Center – Pitkin Education Building, to review your Academic record and review the courses necessary to return you to a satisfactory status. Once this is done,
  • Step 2. You will receive a message in your Bergen C.C. email to finalize the process.
  • Step 3. Click the link in the email to complete the SAP Appeal online form: make sure to include/type in your appeal outline & academic plan and, if applicable, upload any documentation to support your special circumstance.
  • Step 4. The appeal will be reviewed by the SAP Committee.
  • Step 5. Please allow seven (7) business days to be notified of the SAP Committee’s decision in your Bergen Portal/Self Service ( and Bergen email.

Notes: The  appeal processing time is subject to change.

Extenuating Circumstances

Examples of extenuating circumstances are:

  • Death of a family member
  • Serious injury/illness
  • Significant Trauma that affected your emotional and/or physical health
  • Emergency Circumstances
  • Other Unforeseen Circumstances

Documentation to support the appeal can be submitted along with the SAP appeal form.

A denial by the SAP Committee can be reviewed by the Director based on additional information.