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Appealing your Financial Aid with SwiftStudent

Free templates to help you appeal your financial aid

Whether you’re a 2-year, 4-year, or trade student, you can request changes to your financial aid at any time. To request for changes to your financial aid, you will follow a financial aid appeal process.

Reasons to Appeal your Financial Aid

The main reason to submit an appeal is because you had a change in your financial situation since submitting your financial aid application. Some commonly accepted reasons for appeal are

  • Unexpected additional school-related expenses
  • Unexpected or extenuating medical expenses
  • Childcare costs
  • New financial hardship or emergency situation

How to Appeal Your Financial Aid

The formal process involves sending an appeal letter to your school’s financial aid office asking them to review your award based on the change in your situation. If you’re not sure how to do that, call or visit your school’s financial aid office and ask how to complete a financial aid appeal.

Writing Your Appeal Letter:

Writing an appeal letter may sound intimidating. Luckily SwiftStudent has a list of free customizable templates to help craft your appeal letter so you don’t have to start from scratch. Their templates are categorized by type, making it easy to choose one that fits your circumstances.

SwiftStudent is also an excellent resource for eligibility requirements, needed documents, and letter submissions. Find a list of templates here to get started.


Bonus Tip!
Before submitting your appeal letter, take it to your Campus Writing Center, or another trusted advisor to have them proofread it. 

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