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Hardship Letter for School Tuition - Samples Included

By Edited Oct 14, 2016 0 0

If you are trying to find a hardship letter for school tuition, this article will provide you with relevant examples, so you can find the right one to suit your personal needs.  Each year, many people find they do not have the financial means to attend college.  If you are in this same situation this semester and cannot afford to go to college as a result, one of these samples should work for you.  This page is printable, so you can print it off for reference.  In addition, feel free to copy and paste the information, so that you can make your hardship letter for school tuition quickly and easily, so you can attend college this semester.

For All Forms

To make it easier on my typing this out, I will only include the actual “meat” of the hardship letter.  On all of them you use for school tuition, you will need to put your contact information, including name, address, phone number, email, and (if applicable) your college ID number.  In addition, you will want to make sure you include the contact info of the college you are writing to.  All forms should be signed personally, not just name-typed.

Asking for School Tuition Reduction – Loss of Job

In this hardship form sample, you will be asking for a reduction in your upfront costs to attend the school of your choosing.  You will be able to adjust the example as needed, so it fits your situation.




     My name is John Doe.  I have already completed my first year of college here at (school name).  Unfortunately, I am forced to ask for assistance with my school tuition this year, due to financial hardship. 

     As you will see from my enclosed college transcripts, I take my education seriously.  I was able to maintain a 3.45 grade point average last year.  I worked very hard to get the grades all year.  What you will not see reflected in those transcripts is my personal situation, which I need to share with you.

     As a single parent of three boys, I must work fulltime while attending school, just to make ends meet.  During summer vacation, I lost my job.  Now, middle-aged and unemployed, I am struggling to make ends meet.  I am able to collect unemployment for now, but it only pays 60% of my former wages.  I am still able to barely stay afloat, but cannot afford my tuition this year.  This financial hardship is the reason I am writing you this letter.

     I have applied for student financial aid and scholarships.  I have received an award letter that matches what I received last year.  With the changes in my financial situation, I must ask for a reduction in tuition to attend your school this year.  Completing my education and earning a degree is very important to me.  With the help of this board through a reduction, I feel I can still make my goals and provide a good example for my kids to follow.

     If you would like to meet with me in person to discuss this, I am more than willing and able to do so.  I can make myself available at a time that is convenient for the committee.


     I look forward to hearing from you.



As you can see, in this financial hardship letter for school tuition, you have successfully stated exactly what you are looking for – a reduction in cost.  You have stated why you need the reduction and what you will do if you are able to get it.  This example can work for most people if it is just tailored a little to suit personal needs.


Asking for School Tuition Reduction – General Financial Hardship Letter

In the samples and examples you will find for general assistance, you must make sure you are getting your point across well and that they fit you.  If you cannot pinpoint any specific reason you need help with college costs, you must still appeal to the committee that oversees this area.  Here is a good, although very general, example form you can use.




     I am writing to you in hopes that I can get a tuition reduction this year.  While I am sure many people struggle to make their obligation to the college, I feel my personal situation deserves some consideration.  Please, let me explain.

     I am struggling just to make my rent and monthly living expenses each month.  I have no problem with this, since I do not have a degree yet and need to work for an employer that will work around my college schedule.  I am lucky enough to have such an employer; however, I am simply not making enough money to get by.  When college starts again this fall, I will have a reduction in my hours.  When making near minimum wage, it’s important that I work every hour I can.

     I feel I am making a reasonable request.  I would like a small reduction in my college tuition, so I am able to attend this fall semester.  As you will see my enclosed transcripts, I have a 2.8 grade point average.  While I was never on the Dean’s list or honor roll, just by checking with my instructors and professors you will see that I worked very hard for my grades.  Learning does not come naturally to me; I have to work hard at it.  I was able to study as much as possible working fulltime last year.  Unfortunately, I will not be able to get as many hours in this year.  A reduction is the only way I can afford to attend college this year.

     I ask that you consider my request carefully.  I you would like to meet with me in person, I am open to it.  I think you will find that I am a hard-working person that is eager to complete the degree program at your college.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Thank you for your time and consideration.



In this sample hardship letter for school tuition you have made your request and have asked them to contact you.  This is pretty important, since it will give you a chance to speak with the committee one on one, so you can ask for help in person.  This can be very effective.  Use this example as a guide as you write your own hardship letter for school tuition.



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