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Do I Have a Hidden Waiver?! A Pictorial Guide

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:37 am
by Dany
If you've asked one or more of the following questions:

"How do I see if I have a hidden waiver???"

"What does this LSAC screen mean?!"

"I'm afraid to look - what if I accidentally submit?"

then you're in the right place. The following steps will show you how to easily check for a hidden waiver!


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STEP 1

Complete the application. You'll need to make sure all mandatory parts are done, but you can often check "this does not apply to me" and then go back and edit later in the instances in which you just want to check for a waiver.

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Optional sections need not be completed.



STEP 2

Click "Continue" at the top of the application checklist screen.

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Step 3

You must click the "Preview" button in order to Continue.

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Please note: an application fee listed here does not mean you don't have a fee waiver. There's still another step. Click "Continue."



STEP 4(a)

You should now be at the Application Fee Payment and Certification page. If you see several options for paying a dollar fee amount, it's bad news for you, friend. No hidden waiver here:

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STEP 4b
If, however, you see the following: "$xx application fee waived due to CRS fee waiver" then congratulations! Your application fee for that school has been waived!

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After you see this screen, you can simply click "Return to application" to exit the process. Your application will not be submitted, and you can still go back and change whatever you'd like on it.

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A few schools which usually have hidden waivers before any formal notification:

Columbia
NYU
Penn
Michigan
Northwestern

Re: Do I have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:39 am
by D. H2Oman
Very nice!


Add Northwestern to your list of schools with hidden waivers.

Re: Do I have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:41 am
by Dany
D. H2Oman wrote:Very nice!


Add Northwestern to your list of schools with hidden waivers.

Done, thanks!

Let me know of any other schools you guys might know of, or if there should be additions to or clarification of the OP.

Re: Do I have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:45 am
by granger
Wow, just used this to find out I got fee waivers from Duke and Michigan!!!

edit: fortunate, since i was going to submit today!

Re: Do I have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:46 am
by Dany
granger wrote:Wow, just used this to find out I got fee waivers from Duke and Michigan!!!

Eskimo, helping the world granger one fee waiver at a time.

:) Congrats!

Re: Do I have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:47 am
by granger
eskimo wrote:
granger wrote:Wow, just used this to find out I got fee waivers from Duke and Michigan!!!

Eskimo, helping the world granger one fee waiver at a time.

:) Congrats!



hahaha, thanks

Re: Do I have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:49 am
by 2011Cycle
Does the primary application form need to be completed for step 3 to appear? thanks

Re: Do I have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:52 am
by Dany
2011Cycle wrote:Does the primary application form need to be completed for step 3 to appear? thanks

Looks like you need to have required blanks filled in (the ones with the blue star) to Continue.

You do not need to add the required attachments, LORs, etc. You'll notice that in the Columbia example, I didn't attach any of the required documents or assign any LORs and I was still able to get to the Payment screen to check.

Re: Do I have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:54 am
by Entchen
Yay I have one from Michigan :) Nothing else I didn't already know about, but I'm now at 8/15, so that's pretty sweet.

Re: Do I have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:59 am
by 2011Cycle
eskimo wrote:
2011Cycle wrote:Does the primary application form need to be completed for step 3 to appear? thanks

No. If required blanks are not filled, you will get an Error message (like in Step 2) but you can just hit "Continue" anyway.

Same goes for required attachments, LORs, etc. You'll notice that in the Columbia example, I didn't attach any of the required documents or assign any LORs and I was still able to get to the Payment screen to check.


Thanks. I am doing something wrong. The error screen does not allow me to move forward. I will figure it out. Great post!

Re: Do I have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:01 am
by D. H2Oman
2011Cycle wrote:
eskimo wrote:
2011Cycle wrote:Does the primary application form need to be completed for step 3 to appear? thanks

No. If required blanks are not filled, you will get an Error message (like in Step 2) but you can just hit "Continue" anyway.

Same goes for required attachments, LORs, etc. You'll notice that in the Columbia example, I didn't attach any of the required documents or assign any LORs and I was still able to get to the Payment screen to check.


Thanks. I am doing something wrong. The error screen does not allow me to move forward. I will figure it out. Great post!



Fill in all the required blanks and try again

Re: Do I have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:02 am
by Dany
2011Cycle wrote:
eskimo wrote:
2011Cycle wrote:Does the primary application form need to be completed for step 3 to appear? thanks

No. If required blanks are not filled, you will get an Error message (like in Step 2) but you can just hit "Continue" anyway.

Same goes for required attachments, LORs, etc. You'll notice that in the Columbia example, I didn't attach any of the required documents or assign any LORs and I was still able to get to the Payment screen to check.


Thanks. I am doing something wrong. The error screen does not allow me to move forward. I will figure it out. Great post!

Okay. I will say that I have most of my primary application fields filled in, so maybe just go through and do the starred blanks?

Re: Do I have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:03 am
by 2011Cycle
Thanks H20 and Eskimo

Re: Do I have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:00 pm
by forward
This is great. Anyone have a sense as to how long it'll take for these to show up post-October LSAT (if at all)? I'd like to save money, but I don't want to wait for weeks for them to come in.

Re: Do I have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:22 pm
by 094320
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Re: Do I have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:20 pm
by JJDancer
haha awesome pictorial eskimo :)

Hopefully people will actually look at this before posting more "aah what is a hidden waiver?!?!?!" posts in the fee waiver/fall 2011 chat/other threads

Re: Do I have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:39 pm
by Spykuh
thanks eskimo!

Re: Do I have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:42 pm
by Bildungsroman
This thread gets a gold star.

Re: Do I have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:42 am
by nematoad
Bildungsroman wrote:This thread gets a gold star.


holy hell this thread is good.

Re: Do I have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:48 pm
by trudat15
Thanks Eskimo. I just found out I got Michigan! Very pleased with this, but still havent seen any others, though I didnt check most of the schools yet.

Re: Do I have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:49 pm
by Dany
nematoad wrote:
Bildungsroman wrote:This thread gets a gold star.


holy hell this thread is good.

<3

Re: Do I Have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:51 pm
by kk19131
I must be the only one who actually likes coming home to fee waiver emails...
:lol:

Re: Do I Have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:09 pm
by Dany
kk19131 wrote:I must be the only one who actually likes coming home to fee waiver emails...
:lol:

A word of caution: some places never email! I know Northwestern and NYU gave hidden waivers to some people and didn't email them last year.

Re: Do I Have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 3:54 am
by kazu
kk19131 wrote:I must be the only one who actually likes coming home to fee waiver emails...
:lol:

I like waking up to them! It sets the tone for the rest of my day :P

Re: Do I Have a Hidden Waiver?! A Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide

Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 3:19 pm
by younkink
Exciting news! Just went to submit my Northwestern application and...

Payment Method
$ 100 application fee waived due to CRS fee waiver.

HIDDEN FEE WAIVER TO THE RESCUE