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Life Skills-College Admissions 101: How to Write a Financial Aid Appeal Letter

In this one-time course, scholars will build critical thinking skills and learn effective strategies for appealing unfavorable financial aid awards. Scholars will write an appeal letter that conveys a clear reason why more aid is needed.
Demeka Mays, M.Ed.
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50 minute class

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Class Experience

Scholars will
1. Learn if and when to appeal financial aid awards.
2. Distinguish between effective and ineffective strategies for appealing financial aid awards.
3. Brainstorm reasons to ask for more aid.
4. Write an appeal letter that includes a clear "ask" and a specific "why."
As an independent college counselor and education consultant for federal and state granted-funded programs, I have developed award-winning college and career readiness programs that have been scaled and replicated in several schools and districts. In these capacities, as well as my formed district and building roles, I have helped thousands of students of varied socioeconomic and academic programs succeed in getting accepted into the colleges, universities, and post-secondary institutions of their choice. Ninety-five percent (95%) of Pinnacle Prep scholars get into one or more of their top three choices. I consider my own two children’s success my greatest college counseling accomplishments because both graduated valedictorian (two years apart), were accepted to Stanford, MIT, five-six Ivy League universities, and several Top 20 colleges, and earned $2.5 million in merit scholarships together.  I have helped both of my children and many of my Pinnacle Prep scholars seek and secure better financial awards.
Revise and submit an appeal letter to the financial aid office.
The Pinnacle Prep #Aim2GetAdmitted Financial Aid Appeal Letter template (digital) will be posted at the beginning class. Students will draft their application using one of the following: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .pages, .rtf, .txt, Google Docs, Google Slides, etc.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
No formal assessment. The teacher provides informal feedback during class. 

For letter, essay, or application editing and feedback services, please register for a 1:1 Coaching Session (50 minutes). Please note that editing occurs in real-time. For letter writing, I edit for 30 minutes via Google Doc, ask clarifying questions, and make recommendations. Then, I facilitate a 30-minute discussion to answer the scholar's questions and to provide the scholar with an editorial assessment and next steps.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
My role is to provide coaching and guidance to scholars. My role does not involve making decisions for scholars, writing applications or essays, creating the 4-year plan or college list, completing FAFSA, or any other action that may be deemed unethical in practice and counterproductive to scholar taking ownership for his/her/their own college journey. While I guarantee to provide high-quality, coaching and support, I do not make any guarantees that scholars will succeed excel at every high school endeavor or be admitted to their schools of choice, as intrinsic motivation and a number of other variables relative to a scholar's qualitative and quantitative data inform high school and college success.
The student may need to reference his/her financial aid award from the college or university. 


Demeka Mays, M.Ed.
Lives in the United States
Get Lit and #Aim2GetAdmitted to your top-choice college with an award-winning educator, mom of two valedictorians/Stanford & MIT students/Ivy League admits, literacy specialist, college writing instructor, and college counselor. My goal is to help all children develop college and career ready literacy skills and to succeed in their #Aim2GetAdmitted to their schools of choice.
12 total reviews
32 completed classes

About Me

My name is Demeka, and I am beyond excited to be a part of the Outschool community! I love working with children from across the globe and of all different ages. I mainly teach classes that are research-focused (e.g., how to conduct scientific or... 
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