Hello All, Ok, Long story short...I was laid off back January 09, actually the manufacture I worked for closed its doors due to the economy. I am still unemployed, and there are no jobs in my field of work in my area or in a 40 mile range from where I live. My local D.O.L. sent me a letter encouraging me to continue my education and take advantage of the opportunities that are out there for unemployed workers...(which means, go back to school before your unemployment runs out) The letter also talks about the Presidents announcement about special circumstances for financial aid, for the unemployed. As far as Grants etc...
Well, I applied online for the hope, and all the other grants on FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
and I was turned down, All of this is based on LAST years income, (when I was working full time) including my husbands salary. So, I went to the financial aid office and admissions to get the ball rolling when, after I registered and paid my fee, I was told that I could not get financial aid, but I could apply for a loan...I don't want to borrow money, that would be a bad idea. One of the girls in financial aid told me since I was laid off, that I can request a professional judgment an/or a consideration of special circumstances, which includes these documents: my separation notice, W's, tax form 1040, wage & claim statements from my unemployment office, AND I will need to write a handwritten statement on why I should be considered a special circumstance. After I do this I will need to take it back to the school and they will give it to the Director of Financial Aid and then he/she will call me for a meeting.
Before I start writing my letter, I wanted to ask if any of you have ever had to write a letter like this and ask for examples...???!! Should I write one paragraph (short and sweet) or make it a couple/three paragraphs? I am not sure how personal I should get...???
I know I was employed, and happy and then all of a sudden the economy got worse, then I was unemployed, but now, I do want change, I have a degree already in Drafting/Design (Engineering) and have worked in this field for almost 20 years..I am 39 and would have never thought I would go back to school, (I have kids in school) but, I believe that continuing my education in the medical field is what I want and I really want to be excited about going back to school (hopefully it won't take but 2 years) but I am scared that I won't be accepted or approved for some type of financial aid...I cannot afford to pay for it, and I like I stated before, I don't want a loan.. I just wonder what I am suppose to explain to them and will all this extra effort be an advantage to me and my family in the long run??
Any websites or ideas from you would be great! I am ready to get my "PLEA" written, accepted , and be able to get on with my 2nd CAREER! YEAH! (-;
Thanks for your time,