To remain eligible for financial aid, students must comply with the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. When a student does not comply with this policy for two semesters, they are placed on Financial Aid Suspension. To be reinstated, students must either bring their cumulative GPA and completion rate up to the minimums set in the policy or appeal if there were unusual/extenuating circumstances that affected a student's performance.

Download the Financial Aid/Veterans Affairs Appeal Form.

There is a maximum amount of time for which a student may receive financial aid. Federal regulations allow a student to receive aid up to 150% of the length of their academic program. For example, if your academic program is 62 credit hours in length, you may receive aid for 150% of 62 credit hours, or 93 hours. When students reach or exceed this limit, they are not eligible for financial aid.

Students who have received an associate, bachelor's or master's degree will automatically be placed on the 150% limit and must appeal to receive additional financial aid.

Download the Financial Aid/Veterans Affairs Appeal Form.

If dependent students feel they should be considered independent for some unusual circumstances, a petition to apply as an independent applicant must be completed and returned to the LLCC Financial Aid Office.

Per the U.S. Department of Education, the following situations do not merit a dependency override:

  1. Parents refusing to contribute to the student's education;
  2. Parents unwilling to provide information on the application or for verification;
  3. Parents not claiming the student as a dependent for income tax purposes;
  4. Student demonstrating total self-sufficiency.

Download the 2024-2025 Dependency Appeal Form.
Download the 2024-2025 Prior Dependency Appeal Form.

The FAFSA is a wonderful source that can be utilized to estimate a family’s ability to pay for a student’s education. However, we understand there are situations where it may not provide an accurate representation of your family’s financial situation. If you've experienced a significant decrease in income, our special circumstances appeal gives you the ability to gain a more accurate assessment of your family’s ability to contribute to your cost of education.

loss of job, extremely high medical expenses, marital status


Download the 2024-2025 Special Circumstances Form.