Right to Appeal for Course-Based Programs

Occasionally, a student’s academic progress may be impacted by unusual circumstances that are beyond the student’s control. A student may appeal for an extension of financial aid if after a period of financial aid warning the student successfully completes the warning term, or if the student reaches maximum timeframe.

In both instances, the student must be able to document that unexpected, unusual, and temporary circumstances affected the student’s ability to progress at the required rate. Examples of such mitigating circumstances are a death in the immediate family, illness, or other significant life change.

Students who wish to appeal must log in to their myFinAid Document portal and submit an appeal request. The student is required to submit to the Office of Financial Aid a personal letter and supporting documentation regarding the following:

  • Why the student failed to make satisfactory academic progress
  • What has changed in the student’s situation that will allow the student to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress at the next evaluation

Failure to provide supporting documentation will result in an automatic denial. If the appeal is accepted, the student must meet the requirements outlined in the written approval of the appeal.

A pre-existing condition (a condition or illness that a student had before beginning any Walden University program) is not cause for appeal unless there was an unexpected change in that condition.

Students may not use the same circumstances in a subsequent appeal, although a student may submit an appeal for a future period of difficulty for different mitigating circumstances. Courses that adversely impact financial aid academic progress cannot be removed from the student’s academic transcript.

SAP decisions by the Office of Financial Aid are final.

Right to Appeal for Tempo Learning® Programs

Occasionally, a student’s academic progress may be impacted by unusual circumstances that are beyond the student’s control. A student may appeal for an extension of academic continuance and financial aid after a period of SAP warning if the student completes the following: at least the minimum required credit equivalencies for the program within the warning evaluation period and if the student can document that unexpected, unusual, and temporary circumstances affected the student’s ability to progress at the required rate. Examples of such mitigating circumstances are a death in the immediate family, illness, or other significant life change. Students may appeal to Tempo Learning® Academic Appeal Committee 30 days prior to the end of the financial aid warning period. Students who wish to appeal must complete the Academic Progress Appeal form and provide the Academic Appeal Committee with supporting documentation regarding the following:

  • Why the student failed to make satisfactory academic progress
  • What has changed in the student’s situation that will allow the student to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress at the next evaluation

Failure to provide supporting documentation will result in an automatic denial. If the appeal is accepted, the student must meet the requirements outlined in the written approval of the appeal.

A pre-existing condition (a condition or illness that a student had before beginning any Walden University program) is not cause for appeal unless there was an unexpected change in that condition.

Students may not use the same circumstances in a subsequent appeal, although a student may submit an appeal for a future period of difficulty for different mitigating circumstances.

SAP decisions by the Academic Appeal Committee are final.

Do you have questions about financial aid? If you haven’t yet applied to Walden, please contact an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286 in the United States. If you are a current student, please contact a financial aid advisor at finaid@mail.waldenu.edu or call 1-800-WALDENU (1-800-925-3368).

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