If you have lost your financial aid and need to learn how to write an appeal letter to the Financial Aid committee of your school, it is best to either ask a financial aid counselor that works in your school’s financial aid office or the specific person who sent you your financial aid letter of suspension. Each school may have different requirements but the reasons for the suspension are usually about the same. Most schools already have their own appeals forms but it is also good to send them a personal letter from yourself as well as a letter from a faculty member in your area of study vouching for you that you will strive hard to fix the areas that need to be fixed in order to get your financial award reinstated. You may also have to consider getting a guaranteed approval loan or a no cosigner student loan in case your financial aid is not reinstated.
When writing your awards letter request for reinstatement, NEVER, and I mean NEVER put the blame on someone else as to why you failed to meet the criterion. This is different than writing a letter of financial aid appeal because you need more money. Unless you got into a car accident that put you in a coma or were otherwise the victim of some crime that was out of your control, you should never blame someone else for your shortcomings. Always take responsibility for why you failed. You can go further and explained why you fell short, but make sure you state that it was your fault and it is you that will make steps to correct the short coming. If the financial aid committee sees that you can’t even take blame for failing to meet the criterion, they may also feel that you are not yet ready to take full responsibility to fix what needs to be fixed. In essence, they may see dealing with you and your appeal as a waste of time and deny your appeal.
Next, you should lay out a plan to succeed and tell them exactly what you are going to do or doing to solve the problem. If you are in counseling, if you have moved out of stressful environment, if you have gotten extra tutors, they should know this in your letter of appeal.
Third, try to get a letter from a faculty member in your area of study vouching for you and perhaps explaining why they should reinstate your financial aid