How to Write a GPA Waiver Letter

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A grade point average, or GPA, does not comprise the sole basis for consideration at most upper level learning institutions. Even if a program possesses a GPA requirement, you can generally send a GPA Waiver letter to forego the requirement in the event of special circumstances. This will effectively enable an applicant to gain admission even though they have failed to meet the GPA threshold. A GPA waiver letter has some basic components.

1 Start the letter

Start the letter. Place your name and contact information at the top of the letter. Begin the document with “Dear Admissions Committee:.”

2 Express your interest in the institution

Express your interest in the institution. The first paragraph should be a passionate statement about why you wish to attend the school. Keep the paragraph concise; however, be sure to really convey your desire.

Express the rationale for the waiver proposal. Some good reasons include illness, death in the family, duration of time between your GPA and the application, adversity, disablement or other extenuating circumstances. If you have documentation, attach it to the letter.

Thank the committee for its time. Conclude the letter with “Sincerely” followed by your name. Physically sign the letter.

Alex Lubyansky has been a writer since 2007. He was a research assistant for the legal publication "Feminist Jurisprudence: Volume IV" and has been published in the Education and Employment Tips section of a prominent website. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and is currently a law student at DePaul University.