This assignment asks students to consider money in a very personal way: as recipients of financial aid. The class discusses why financial aid is determined based on income and need, rather than merit, and what it means to ask for financial help, declare hardship, and be labeled as “needy” or “poor” or any other class.
Students then draft a letter in response to their particular financial aid situation. Either, they write an appeal to keep their aid from being revoked; or they write an appeal to be eligible for aid. These letters must demonstrate 1) Personal Proof of Hardship (which another form of financial aid appeal requires); 2) Demonstration of Use (how the student will apply their funds); 3) Quotations from this Unit’s readings.