Sample Application Cover Letter

Name of Contact

Dear [Name of Contact]:

My name is [name], and I am a citizen of Ukraine currently enrolled (working) at university (institute) in [city]. I am sending you my completed application form for the undergraduate (graduate) degree program in [field].

I have (will have) taken the TOEFL on [date] of test and SAT (GRE, GMAT) on [date of test]. Official score reports for these tests will be sent to your university.

As you know, the currency in Ukraine is nonconvertible. Therefore, I am not in a position to pay for the required application fee. I would ask that your department and the office of undergraduate (graduate) admissions give full consideration to my application without this fee.

I have noted on the application form that I am applying for full financial support from the university to cover tuition and living expenses. Due to my financial situation, I am totally reliant on the generosity of the university to support my studies. I would ask you to consider me for any scholarships, (teaching assistantships, or research assistantships) or other awards for which I am eligible.

I would like to inform you that channels of communication between the USA and Ukraine are very poor and highly unreliable. Therefore, I have enclosed all application materials in one envelope. I would ask that you please allow for extra time in transferring letters, documents, etc. At all times, I will try to stay in touch with you via phone or e-mail to monitor the progress of my application.

I have enclosed another copy of this letter which I would ask you to pass along to the office of undergraduate (graduate) admissions so that they are alerted to the special circumstances surrounding my application.

Thank you very much for your attention to all these matters and for your consideration of my application. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,[Your Signature] [Your Name]