How to write a letter requesting tuition assistance

Updated March 23, 2017

Writing a letter to request tuition assistance is a way to convince the necessary people that you are deserving of the privilege of going to college. Combined with a good transcript and test scores, a passionate letter can make the difference, landing you your spot in academia.

Research to find sources of tuition assistance. Many agencies have been established to assist students of all ages find a way to go to college. There are scholarships, grants and more. The college you want to attend surely has a financial aid office you can also contact. You won't be able to write your letter until you have the name and address of someone you can help you.

Follow the proper format for a business letter. After all, you're writing a professional letter. Don't worry; the format isn't hard to figure out. Start with a header that contains your name and contact information.

(You want them to contact you, don't you?) Then add your contact's full name and address.

Start with "Dear," then begin with your single-spaced missive. This should be done in a common 12-point font, such as Times New Roman or Arial on regular white paper. While a flowery font or pink paper might grab your contact's attention, it might do so in a way you don't want.

Pretend you're talking to your contact in person and start by introducing yourself. Tell just a little bit about who you are and where you are in life. Mention the biggest reason you have for believing you should get tuition assistance.

Be sure to mention why you are writing the person and what you want them to do for you. The person who reads your letter should be able to figure out the intent of your letter very quickly.

Prove your case. Why do you, of all people in the world, deserve tuition assistance for college? While you can use a little bit of emotion in your argument, try to include as many bare facts as possible.

Mention how hard you have worked and what you have done to prepare yourself for the challenges you'll face in college. While you should sound confident, you shouldn't sound cocky.

Before you write your letter, brainstorm the reason you should receive tuition assistance. Consider your work history, financial situation, personality, future plans and more.

Finish your letter with your crescendo of passion. Without saying so explicitly, let your contact know that you are a hard worker and even if you don't know who will help you go to college, whoever does so will be pleased with your future achievements.

This is where you should express how deeply you want to educate yourself and assume the challenges involved in going to college.

Things You'll Need

  • Word processing software
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About the Author

Ethan Pendleton is a teacher and writer in Columbus, Ohio. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Ohio State University at Marion and teaches writing in various capacities in his community.