How to Write a Hardship Letter to a School

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How to Write a Hardship Letter to a School
Write a hardship letter to explain your situation. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Hardships in life often require people to put everyday responsibilities on the back burner. For a student, a financial hardship could limit his ability to pay certain fees, which might result in a penalty, such as withholding of his diploma. An illness or family problems could cause a student's grades to drop and subsequent academic probation. In situations such as these, a student, or his parents, can write a hardship letter to the school in order to reduce or remove penalties.

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  1. 1

    Date the letter. Enter the addressee information, including the name of the school official or administrative body and the mailing address.

  2. 2

    Enter a salutation, such as "Dear Academic Probation Committee."

  3. 3

    Identify yourself and your status at the school. You could say, "I am Paul Pauly and I am a junior at Get Degree Fast University."

  4. 4

    State your hardship. Include details, such as time frame of the hardship and any steps you may have taken to minimise the impact of the hardship on your school attendance.

  5. 5

    Express your concern about the impact of the hardship on your educational endeavours. Write a statement like, "Completing my degree is of great importance to me and I am concerned about how my inability to pay my school fees will impact my future attendance."

  6. 6

    State that you would like to work out a plan so that you continue your education.

  7. 7

    Provide your contact information and thank the school, in advance, for considering your request.

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