Writing A Financial Aid Appeal Letter

Kantrowitz states that “too often families think of the financial aid award letter as being set in stone and not subject to appeal, the first sign there might be an issue is if the financial aid offer is not merely a harsh assessment of your ability to pay, but an impossible assessment. Chances are there is some bit of information the financial aid office was unaware of when they calculated your financial aid package.”

In cases such as these, families seeking financial assistance should consider appealing the financial aid offer, he says, noting that an appeal letter should be written by a parent if the student is considered a dependent.