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This is a rough draft of my financial aid appeal letter. How does it sound to you? Is it professional? Would it qualify? Any comments would be much appreciated. Thanks, guys.
Dear Academic Progress Appeals Committee,
I am writing to appeal the hold on my 2009-2010 financial aid package. During the fall 2009 school year, my grades fell below not only the committees standards but my own.
That semester saw me demonstrating poor time management in a personal financial crisis. Faced with a looming tuition due date, I chose to work to pay off my remaining balance of $1,505. My Federal Direct Subsidized Loan did not cover the entire tuition cost. I worked nightly closing shifts after attending class in the mornings and afternoons (Note: Please see attached letter for recorded work hours).
These late-night and weekend shifts combined with a maxed-out 18 credits of courses
made for a disaster I only saw in hindsight. I lost time to study, my grades suffered, and now my chance to pay off this years tuition has been compromised.
This fall and spring I am fully prepared to focus on school and leave my financial worries behind. I have taken a few steps to prevent repeating history:
First and foremost, I will be quitting this job by summers end to dedicate my time to school.
Secondly, I took the spring 2009 semester off to work more hours. In doing so, I built up enough savings to take care of rent, food and other expenses that may pop up this school year.
Lastly, I was awarded enough of a 2009-2010 financial aid package to cover all tuition costs. This time I will not have to balance school with working off another immediate tuition balance.
I appreciate your committees time in reading my appeal and kindly ask reconsidering your decision.