I was recently determined to have failed Reasonable Academic Progress here at Virginia Tech, had my aid revoked and was required to go through an appeals process to get it back.
Now, let me explain the circumstances. This was before the policy change was based on a requirement that was still a part of RAP before the change — namely, the 75 percent requirement.
Last academic year, I was enrolled for only one semester, and when I began that spring, I was signed up for 15 credit hours. I dropped one class during drop/add and later withdrew from a class at the end of the semester, when it became apparent that my grade was not what I desired. So, by RAP standards, I had only completed 60 percent of the classes from my original docket for that academic year.
I was not aware of the 75 percent requirement, which I do not abdicate responsibility for. As a student of this school who received aid for every semester after my freshman year, I should have been more familiar with RAP.
I received the information about my aid award for 2012 over the summer, which was more than enough to cover my tuition, so I went on with my life.
About two weeks before the start of classes, I received an email telling me that my aid had been revoked. At the time, I had no idea why this was happening and didn’t know why my aid would be taken away for my last semester at Tech. Keep in mind, I currently have a 3.49 grade point average and am graduating in no more than eight semesters, with an economics major and a math minor.
I called staff at University Scholarships and Financial Aid, who informed me of the circumstances behind this surprise, and told me I had received an email in June telling me I needed to appeal within 30 days to have my aid fully reinstated. I was not aware of any such email.
After I heard this, I searched my inbox and deleted items (which I had not emptied in some time) and was not able to locate it. Certainly, there was a possibility of some error on my part, but I know I never received a follow-up email within the 30-day period or any sort of paper correspondence about the issue.