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My name is [name removed by mod] and I’m writing to appeal my suspension of financial aid. I would like to explain what happened but before I do so, please know that I’m not trying to place blame elsewhere; I accept full responsibility for my actions that led to me neglecting my studies.
My transcript shows that I had difficulty working and attending college both full-time. After attempting two semesters I realized that I wasn’t able to handle it. The next two semesters I enrolled half-time and did great. I got over confident and attempted to work and attend college both full-time again and failed (see enclosure 1). At the end of 2002 I moved in with my mother and grandmother so that I could save money and try to finish college. I enrolled full-time in Spring 2003 since I wasn’t planning on working full- time. Unfortunately, in February 2003 my grandmother’s health got bad. The doctor didn’t know what was wrong. She was missing work due to her health and taking on new expenses so I made a choice to seek a full-time job so I could help (see enclosure 2). I later quit attending classes because I couldn’t keep up. After six grueling months we finally found out what was ailing her. In August 2003 she was being evaluated for reflux when they found that she had atrial fibrillation. A chest x-ray was obtained and that’s when they found a mass in her left lung and she was diagnosed with unresectable lung cancer (see enclosure 3). In Spring 2004 I completed a class and planned on taking one class a semester until I could get my financial aid back but in August 2004 my grandmother passed away, then in October 2004 I found out I was pregnant. I put my college education on hold until now. I recently filed for divorce and I’m starting over.
My goal is to finish my college education. I will take the following steps to help complete my goal:
1. I have been approved for education leave at my place of employment and can leave during work hours and attend class while keeping my full-time pay.
2. I will not enroll more than half-time.
3. I will manage my time wisely so that I can balance my family and studies together.
College has always been important to me but more so now that I’m a single parent. I’m not financially capable of paying on my own. I have been denied for private student loans (see enclosure 4). I would be very grateful for another opportunity.