Admissions & Aid



Appeal Process for Financial Aid Reinstatement

If you have been disqualified from receiving financial aid, either for exceeding the maximum time-frame or for failing to meet the GPA or pace (completion rate) standards, you are entitled to go through the appeal process for financial aid reinstatement. Federal law allows schools to approve appeals if injury, illness, death of a relative, or other special circumstances affected a student's ability to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

How to Appeal

  1. If you attended another school other than SMC, submit official transcripts to Admissions prior meeting with your Academic Counselor.

  2. Meet with an Academic Counselor (Academic Counselors are available at the Financial Aid Office in a drop-in basis, please check the times below).
    Be prepared to discuss your specific educational goal (AA, vocational certificate, or transfer) and major at the meeting with the counselor. Together you will create a Financial Aid Educational Plan.

  3. Complete the Appeal for Financial Aid Reinstatement Form. For more forms, visit Forms .

  4. Print out completed form and then sign and date (by hand) before submitting it along with your educational plan and any supporting documents to the SMC Financial Aid Office by the respective deadline.