Students lose their financial aid eligibility when they are not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards, or they were reinstated through the appeals process, and they did not follow their approved plan. The most common reasons for suspension are due to the student:

  • Not having a 2.0 cumulative GPA in college coursework
  • Not having at least a 1.66 cum GPA in their TRS coursework
  • Not having course completion rate of 67% (pace)
  • Exceeding 180 attempted credit hours.;
  • Did not follow approved plan exactly.


Appeal Process -Students whose funding has been revoked can appeal that decision. To start the process please download and fill out the Financial Aid Suspension Appeal Applicationand return it to the Financial Aid Office, along with any applicable supporting documentation, by one of the deadlines listed below. Other forms and/or types of supporting documentation needed are outlined on the appeal application. Students appealing due to maximum time frame will need to have their professional academic advisor complete a program/degree plan, which needs to be included in their application. Please call 970-382-6985 to make an appointment to complete a degree plan with an advisor.

Earn Back - If you do not have grounds for immediate reinstatement of aid, you can re-establish eligibility by achieving satisfactory progress standards while attending Fort Lewis College without benefit of federal, state, or institutional need-based aid, including federal loans. Once standards are met, you can appeal as an "earn back" to regain financial aid eligibility. Please note, only courses taken at Fort Lewis College are used in the calculation of your GPA.


  1. Appeals will not be reviewed if:
  • the student has not been officially admitted to Fort Lewis College;
  • the student has a past due balance greater than $500;
  • the student is not eligible to register or has holds preventing registration on their account.

2. Students will be notified of the result of their appeal via their Fort Lewis College email.

3. Student must comply with any appeal conditions by the designated deadlines.

For more information please contact our office.

Be advised that the Financial Aid Office Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy is distinct and separate from the Scholarship Policy and the Academic Standards Policy of the institution.

There is a separate appeals process for students on Academic Suspension. See Academic Standards policies for details.


Deadline Date of Hearing Date of Notification of Decision Eligible Appeal Applicants
1 p.m.
Monday, January 27, 2020
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Tuesday, January 28, 2020

This appeal deadline is the final deadline for students appealing for financial aid eligibility in Spring 2020.

Monday, April 13, 2020 Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Friday, April 17, 2020

This appeal deadline is for students not attending Spring 2020 who are appealing for financial aid eligibility in Summer or Fall 2020.

1 p.m.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Thursday, May 14, 2020 Friday, May 15, 2020

This appeal deadline is the final deadline before Summer 2020 census date.