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How do I ask Finacial Aid for more money to stay next semester?

I dont want to move back home but the school is expensive.

Thank you comment icon First of all it's important to understand what resources you currently have and can use to your benefit , second would be to stay patient and also start a fund raiser while thriving towards it with a positive outlook Shane Mendes

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Sherri’s Answer

Good Evening Shaniya,

What a great question, I have had many students ask the same. It can be frustrating for you to think you may need to return home and sit out for some time.

I would recommend first starting with the financial aid office where you are in attendance. They would have the full picture of your eligibility. You may ask if you also qualify for any scholarships or work study programs offered through the college.

Depending on what your GPA is, you may see if you qualify for an academic grant or scholarship.

I have listed some excellent sites to start searching:

I wish you the best,

Sherri recommends the following next steps:

First meet with the financial aid office where you attend.
Second, apply for scholarships.
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Shaniya !

Thanks for reaching out about this. There are a lot of resources out there for you to assist with your college costs.

You should look into the Excelsior Scholarship which you will have to qualify for, but it's really a large scholarship for students attending any CUNY or SUNY college. I left the link for information below.

Scholarships come in all different categories and requirements. I know it is a lot of reading, but there really is a lot out there in the way of assistance. Look for scholarships pertaining to your major, too. Your college may have some private grants that you can learn about by speaking with a financial aid officer on campus. Also check with the student services center and your academic counselor about grants and scholarships pertaining to your qualifications. There are many various categories so cover a lot of ground and apply for all that you meet the requirements for. It will be worth it. There are even unusual scholarships that are very exact with the requirement and there are so many more you can find through doing a search on the internet.

I would advise reading your college website, too because some colleges do post their scholarships on their website. Most of all, keep reaching out for resources and advice ! Best wishes !

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Jessica’s Answer

Hi Shaniya,

Here are some tips.

To ask for more financial aid for the upcoming semester, it is important to approach the matter professionally and effectively. Here are some steps you can follow:

1. Review your financial aid package: Familiarize yourself with the financial aid package you have been offered, including grants, scholarships, and loans. Understand the terms and conditions associated with each.

2. Assess your financial situation: Evaluate your current financial circumstances and determine if there have been any significant changes since you initially applied for financial aid. This could include unexpected expenses, loss of income, or other financial hardships.

3. Research the institution's policies: Understand the financial aid policies and procedures of your institution. Review their guidelines on requesting additional aid and any specific deadlines or requirements.

4. Prepare a formal request: Write a formal letter or email to the financial aid office explaining your situation and the reasons why you are seeking additional financial assistance. Be clear, concise, and polite in your communication. Include any supporting documentation, such as recent tax returns or medical bills, to substantiate your request.

5. Highlight your achievements: Emphasize any academic or extracurricular achievements you have attained since your initial financial aid application. This can demonstrate your commitment to your education and potentially strengthen your case for additional aid.

6. Provide a detailed budget: Create a comprehensive budget outlining your anticipated expenses for the upcoming semester. Clearly articulate how the current financial aid package falls short in meeting these expenses and how additional aid would help bridge the gap.

7. Follow up: After submitting your request, follow up with the financial aid office to ensure they have received your communication. Be prepared to provide any additional information or answer any questions they may have.

Remember, each institution has its own policies and available resources, so the outcome of your request may vary. It is essential to approach the process professionally, demonstrating your genuine need for additional financial aid while maintaining a respectful and courteous tone throughout your communication.

Hope this helps. Good Luck!