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Appeal Process

What is the process?

Federal Regulations allow an institution to use professional judgment on a case-by-case basis to determine if an unusual or extraordinary situation affected the student’s progression toward the successful completion of his or her program of study. The decision to permit appeals and the methods involved in reviewing appeals is at the discretion of the North Idaho College Financial Aid Office.

Our office recognizes that unusual and extraordinary situations do occur and therefore allows Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeals for the following conditions:

  • Illness or injury to you or your dependent (medical documentation required).
  • Death of a family member (death certificate or obituary notice documentation required).
  • Interpersonal problems with family or friends and/or difficulty balancing responsibilities (documentation required – two reference letters: one personal and one professional).
  • Financial difficulties (documentation required – bills, statements, collection notices or eviction notices).
  • Maximum time frame – Current degree audit that shows your current program, the number of classes needed to complete their program and current registration status.

The following information must be included in the appeal:

  • Why you believe you failed to make SAP.
  • What has changed in your situation that will allow you  to succeed at the next evaluation.

Appeal Forms

You can find the Unsatisfactory Appeal Form or the Maximum Timeframe Appeal Form by logging into your MyNIC Account, selecting Self Service, then Financial Aid, then the checklist item Complete Required Documents. All appeal forms and accompanying documentation can be submitted through the electronic submission form and are sent directly to the Financial Aid Office.

Please note that students who appeal should be prepared to meet their own educational expenses. Appeals must be submitted by the published deadlines on the college calendar. 

Please allow up to 10 business days for appeals to be reviewed. A decision will be emailed to your Cardinal Mail including any additional instructions.