Asking for More Financial Aid


You've been accepted to the school of your dreams - WOOHOO! Unfortunately, it's entirely possible, given the rising costs of college, that the price tag (think: tuition and fees) is not so nice. So, what do you do? Well, one option is to send a letter to the school asking for more financial aid.

You may be wondering how this process works in action, and what it actually looks like. And hey, I don't blame you!

Low and behold, I have created a comprehensive infographic to help answer all of your questions and to illuminate the steps of the process, along with the do's and the dont's of asking for more financial aid.

At the very bottom, you will even find a template that you can use for yourself when it comes time to reach out to your dream school to essentially say "Hey, I love you, but I need a bit more".

Without further ado, here she is in all of her glory!

Infographic: Asking for More Financial Aid

Asking for more financial aid

Concluding Notes on Asking for More Financial Aid

I hope this infographic guides you in the right direction when it comes to deciphering the process of asking for more financial aid!

A few things that I couldn't fit on the infographic that I think are also worth mentioning on this topic are:

  • Going through the process of asking for more financial aid does not have any impact on the fact that you have already been given an offer for that school. So, don't worry - your offer cannot be rescinded!
  • Don't ask for more money after you have sent in your deposit. According to Forbes article contributor Lindsey Conger, doing so will make the school less inclined to give you more aid because they can see that you are already and essentially fully committed, regardless of the cost.
  • I know that I briefly mentioned this, but it is worth saying again - be POLITE! In any situation in which you are the one asking for a boost, it does pay to be polite, nice, and thankful to the people at the school that you're communicating with.

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