Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Appeals
We want to fully support the educational goals of students participating in the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Program. We also expect students to take a pro-active role in addressing any issues that are preventing them from performing at the level required to maintain this scholarship award
Renewal requirements for the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Program are posted at http://www.loyno.edu/financialaid/yellow-ribbon-gi-education-enhancement-program-yellow-ribbon-program.
The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid reviews the academic records of all aid recipients at the end of each spring semester AND after 4 semesters of post-secondary education.
Students will receive written notification if the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid adjusts or cancels their Yellow Ribbon Award for the upcoming school year. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will send this notice out as soon as possible after all spring semester grades have been posted in the Student Records Ofiice but no later than July 1.
Right to Appeal:
Students have the right to appeal any decision of ineligibility to continue to receive financial assistance. Appeals must be filed within 30 days of notification that aid eligibility has been lost, and it must be made in writing to the Director of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. The appeal may not be based upon your need for the assistance OR your lack of knowledge that your assistance was in jeopardy. An appeal would normally be based upon some unusual situation or condition which prevented you from passing more of your courses, or which necessitated that you withdraw from classes.
- Complete the Request for Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Reinstatement and attach the following documentation:
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: If you have attempted over 150 hours and have not completed your undergraduate degree requirements, you must provide an advisor’s statement giving the Month and year of your expected graduation date written on departmental letterhead.
REMEMBER:All appeals MUST include the following:
- LETTER OF EXPLANATION FOR REQUESTING AN APPEAL: - You must provide a signed letter of explanation detailing in general, the problems that have occurred during the past academic year, how your studies were affected, and why you believe the issues are now resolved.
- REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION:
- If your GPA is below a 2.0 you must also include an Academic Plan from the Academic Resource Center or the Associate Dean of Your College
- If you or an immediate family member experienced a serious injury, illness or mental health condition, please attach a statement from your physician or mental health professional, reflecting date(s) of occurrence/treatment.
- If you experienced the death of immediate family member, please attach a copy of the death certificate, paper obituary/link to online obituary, or statement from physician.
- If you experienced other circumstances beyond your control, please attach documentation from a 3rd party(such as a Veterans’ Administration Counselor) about the steps you are taking to address the problem.
- Any other relevant supporting documents
Financial Aid Appeals Committee
The Financial Aid Appeals Committee will review all appeals submitted within 14 business days.
Depending on the nature of the circumstances, the Committee may be expanded to include academic advisors from the student's college, University Ministry, Center for Intercultural Understanding, Women's Resource Center , Academic Resource Center and Student Affairs.
The Committee reserves the right to request additional clarifying information from the student.
The Financial Aid Appeals Committee will review everything that you submit. The Committee will genreally send its decision within 10 working days to your Loyola University e-mail address. The Committee may choose to renew an award on a conditional basis for one semester. The conditions of the renewal will be spelled out in a "contract" which the student must sign in order to finalize the award.
The Committee's decision is final and not subject to further review.
Limitation on Appeals:
Students are limited to a maximum of 8 semesters of scholarship assistance under this program (if they enroll at Loyola with no prior college credits ). Students will be allowed to have their aid reinstated on a conditional basis for one semester only during their enrollment at Loyola.
Updated May 16, 2011