fee waiver for individual schools

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mz253
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fee waiver for individual schools

Postby mz253 » Fri Sep 24, 2010 10:33 pm

i'm a int'l student. so no fee waiver from LSAC. i am not eligible for federal aid and my number won't get me any scholarship from any school i want to attend. so i have decided to pay sticker and i will apply to as many schools as possible (most schools in t10-t30)

i wonder if i ask schools for fee waiver, will that hurt my chance of ADMISSION?

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Re: fee waiver for individual schools

Postby hijodehombre » Fri Sep 24, 2010 10:34 pm

mz253 wrote:if i ask schools for fee waiver, will that hurt my chance of ADMISSION?


i seriously doubt it

mz253
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Re: fee waiver for individual schools

Postby mz253 » Fri Sep 24, 2010 10:36 pm

i'm concerned whether the admissions office will give a second thought of my ability to pay for law school. if they think i cannot pay the application fee, so i'm not rich, so i cannot afford it and thus won't enroll anyways, they prob will reject me to increase yield rate?

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Re: fee waiver for individual schools

Postby beachbum » Fri Sep 24, 2010 11:03 pm

mz253 wrote:i'm concerned whether the admissions office will give a second thought of my ability to pay for law school. if they think i cannot pay the application fee, so i'm not rich, so i cannot afford it and thus won't enroll anyways, they prob will reject me to increase yield rate?


Nope. That's what loans are for.

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Re: fee waiver for individual schools

Postby mz253 » Sat Sep 25, 2010 5:45 pm

i just said i'm not eligible for LOANS.

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Re: fee waiver for individual schools

Postby im_blue » Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:09 pm

Give them your numbers and ask for a merit-based fee waiver. Don't mention anything about application costs being a burden, since they know that you'll have to pay sticker to attend anyway. I wouldn't count on much though, since you say your numbers are not competitive for scholarships at those schools.

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Re: fee waiver for individual schools

Postby beachbum » Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:11 pm

mz253 wrote:i just said i'm not eligible for LOANS.


READING COMP fail on my part. That sucks, but I seriously doubt any of this will have a bearing on admissions.
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thesybarite
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Re: fee waiver for individual schools

Postby thesybarite » Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:20 pm

Hey - I'm international - I got a waiver from BU on request.

I honestly think they are completely unconcerned at this stage as to whether or not you will be able to pay the fees.

Definitely worth an email :D

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Re: fee waiver for individual schools

Postby therandom9 » Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:09 am

Sorry to hijack the thread, but could someone give a quick template of what you wrote in your request email? I want to come off as polite.

Also would I be likely to get fee waivers with stats:
179/3.43/Computer Science/Harvard

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thesybarite
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Re: fee waiver for individual schools

Postby thesybarite » Tue Sep 28, 2010 1:06 am

I mentioned my personal/family situation, and complained about international currency charges etc.

Sounds a bit whiny, but it worked. It was formal and polite - asked for "consideration". I also made it school specific, and stated what I was interested in at the school/why I was applying.

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Re: fee waiver for individual schools

Postby am588 » Sat Oct 09, 2010 4:16 pm

my formula for the email:

introduction
xxx school is one of my top schools because of x,y,z.
unfortunately the cost of applying to law school is becoming a financial burden. please let me know if i am eligible for a fee waiver.


5/6 so far from it.




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