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Third-Party Documentation

As part of the appeal process for financial aid, students must provide qualified third-party documentation that supports the student's personal statement regarding the extenuating circumstances that prevented the student from being academically successful.

The deadline to submit an appeal for the fall semester has passed. Please note that appeals submitted after the deadline will be reviewed for the spring semester.

Acceptable documentation must:

  1. Address or have dates that fall within the period(s) in which the student was having academic difficulties;
  2. Come from an official third-party such as a physician, therapist, counselor, clergy member, law enforcement, or court official;
  3. Be signed by the third-party providing the documentation; AND
  4. Be on official letterhead.
Examples of Acceptable Documentation for Each Extenuating Circumstance:
  • Medical condition such as student injury, illness, or mental health diagnosis
    • Written statement from a health care provider (signed and on official letterhead) OR medical documentation confirming that the student was seen for the medical condition, including dates of service
  • Medical diagnosis of family member or close friend
    • Written statement from a health care provider (signed and on official letterhead) OR medical documentation confirming that the family member or close friend was seen for the medical condition, including dates of service
  • Death of a family member or close friend
    • Copy of the death certificate (preferred) OR obituary with the student's relationship to the deceased written on the document (e.g. grandparent, parent, sibling, significant other, friend, etc)
  • Birth of your child
    • Copy of your child's birth certificate
  • Divorce, separation, or adoption of a child
    • Court documentation (if available) and/or a written statement from a counselor, clergy member, employer, or attorney
  • Personal difficulties
    • Written statements from a physician, therapist, employer, counselor, clergy member, law enforcement, or court official
    • Police reports
Examples of Documentation That CANNOT Be Accepted:
  • Statements or documentation from academic advisors, faculty (exception for students whose faculty are also their physician or medical counselor), family, friends, roommates, or other students.
  • Insurance statements
  • Physician prescription pad notes
  • Unsigned statements
  • Print-outs or statements from social media

Click here to read the full Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.