LSAC fee waiver appeal response time

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tt5504a
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LSAC fee waiver appeal response time

Postby tt5504a » Wed Nov 10, 2010 5:32 pm

I just sent in my paperwork for a LSAC fee waiver appeal. About how long does it take to get a response back? I think I have a good shot with my parents AGI of $22,203 for a family of 4 (I submitted a non-filer) and around $1,000 in my bank account, but I'm still nervous. Anyone want to rate my chances? Thanks.

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Re: LSAC fee waiver appeal response time

Postby im_blue » Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:51 pm

I got a reply in 8 days (appeal denied). The $1000 bank account is what's killing you - you should include an explanation of why you can't use that toward law school apps.

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Re: LSAC fee waiver appeal response time

Postby tt5504a » Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:23 pm

Well it was actually (well) over $1000 but I wrote in my appeal that much of it was for rent and a big school fee. It brought the number down to around $800, which I understand is still a bit high but also stated I needed the money for food and other necessities, which is actually true. Hopefully it'll work out. I know the whole process will pay off in the long run and that law school is expensive, but the initial price of everything is a bit of a shock. Thanks for the reply.

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Re: LSAC fee waiver appeal response time

Postby tt5504a » Fri Nov 12, 2010 2:04 pm

Just as a follow up, I dropped off my appeal packet at the post office on Wednesday afternoon. I received an email at about 12:30pm today informing me that I have been approved for the fee waiver. Extremely fast turnaround. After hearing about all of the horror stories behind fee waiver appeals being denied, I have to say I'm a bit surprised. I know this is a dumb question, but is there any advantages (beyond the obvious fee waivers from the schools and LSAC, which honestly is more than enough) to getting the fee waiver in the actual admissions process? Do schools notice that you received a need-based waiver and possibly count that as a economic diversity? I know they do not publish numbers like that, but I was just wondering if anyone had any thoughts on it. Thanks!




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