Name of Contact
Dear [Name of Contact]!
I am a citizen of Russia currently enrolled/working at [University] 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]. Offical score reports for these tests will be sent to your university.
I am not in a position to pay for the required application fee. [Explain your financial situation briefly, in one or two sentences - what your student stipend is equivalent to in dollars, how much you earn per month as a researcher, etc. Be sure to explain what ruble figures mean in dollars at the current exchange rate.] I would ask that your department and the office of 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 for which I am eligible.
Channels of communication between the US and the NIS are very poor. At all times, I will try to stay in touch with you by phone or fax to monitor the progress of my application. [If you have an e-mail address, be sure to list it.]
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.