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Help with my Financial Aid Appeal Letter?

Postby Jessica_Reavis » Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:33 pm

Dear Financial Aid Committee:
My name is _______ ______ and I am writing this appeal letter in hope that you will reconsider your decision and grant my financial aid. I would like to begin thanking you in advance for taking the time to read this letter and consider my request to reinstate my financial aid at Clovis Community College. I apologize for the lack of attention to my courses in the previous semester of 2006, and I do not blame anyone but myself, however, I would like to explain the circumstances.
On August 18, 2006, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, which had spread through her entire body. My mom began chemotherapy in Lubbock, TX the following week. Seeing my mom suffering due to the treatments was extremely emotionally straining for me. I was terrified my mom was going to die. Shortly after, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, and was prescribed anti-depressants. During the six weeks of my mother’s chemotherapy, I had no desire to do anything; it seemed even getting out of bed in the morning was an obstacle. I regret dropping out of school; I realize now the importance of an education.
I am now a single mother of a 2 ½ year old special needs child. I am fully dedicated to continuing my education, not just for myself, but for my son as well. While I greatly appreciate the chance to attend CCC, I'm afraid I will be unable to attend unless my financial aid is granted. I’m asking that given the circumstances, that the committee give me another chance and reinstate my financial aid.
I am serious about my future and I recognize that a degree is essential in attaining a great career. Again, thank you for taking the time to read this letter, and I assure you, if granted financial aid, my education is and will continue to be my main priority.

Thank you,


_______ ______
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Re: Help with my Financial Aid Appeal Letter?

Postby ejacobs » Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:16 am

Hello Jessica.

This letter definitely reads as heartfelt, compelling, and genuine. The writing looks ok as far as I can see, and you should probably submit it on some nice paper with a signature by hand.

If you find that you continue to have trouble with getting normal financial aid from your school, you should consider an alternative student loan for your educational needs. Their interest rates are generally a bit higher than their federal counterparts, but are an excellent option if school-granted aid does not fully cover your cost of attendance.
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Re: Help with my Financial Aid Appeal Letter?

Postby Jessica_Reavis » Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:43 pm

My financial aid was approved!! Yay! Thank you so much, ejacobs!! =]
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Re: Help with my Financial Aid Appeal Letter?

Postby ejacobs » Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:27 am

So glad to hear that :-)

Congratulations, and best of luck with your education and baby :)
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Re: Help with my Financial Aid Appeal Letter?

Postby kw139654 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:02 pm

Hi. I was wondering, what type of info did you send them regarding your mother's diagnosis. I'm currently on academic suspension due to many circumstances. My grandfather has been diagnosed with lung cancer and has recently began chemotherapy. What type of information did you attach with your letter to support your situation?
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