ask for fee waiver -- any impact on admission?

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florencezx
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ask for fee waiver -- any impact on admission?

Postby florencezx » Mon Oct 11, 2010 4:03 pm

I'm a foreigner so I am not eligible to apply for LSAC's fee waiver. I plan to write to schools directly asking for application fee waiver, but will this have bad influence on my application?

thanks!!!

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Re: ask for fee waiver -- any impact on admission?

Postby sarahh » Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:12 pm

If you are polite and don't complain if they turn you down, I don't think it will have a negative impact.

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Re: ask for fee waiver -- any impact on admission?

Postby kalvano » Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:56 am

No. Lots of people do it.

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Re: ask for fee waiver -- any impact on admission?

Postby Cupidity » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:01 am

Do it.

florencezx
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Re: ask for fee waiver -- any impact on admission?

Postby florencezx » Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:08 pm

some schools have merit-based, some others are need-based...what should I mention in the email?

Thanks!!!

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Re: ask for fee waiver -- any impact on admission?

Postby kalvano » Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:12 pm

florencezx wrote:some schools have merit-based, some others are need-based...what should I mention in the email?

Thanks!!!



Just send out a general email. Here is what I sent -


Dear Office of Admissions -

I will be applying to law school for the entering class of 2010 and would like to be considered for a merit-based fee waiver. I am especially interested in the University of XYXYX and would greatly appreciate any financial assistance you could provide. To assist with this process, I have included my information below. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Kal V. Ano



Worked pretty well.

florencezx
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Re: ask for fee waiver -- any impact on admission?

Postby florencezx » Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:14 pm

great sample! thanks a lot!

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Re: ask for fee waiver -- any impact on admission?

Postby kalvano » Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:15 pm

Plus it only takes about 10 minutes to send them all out...just make sure you change the school name and put your LSAC number / GPA / LSAT at the bottom.

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Re: ask for fee waiver -- any impact on admission?

Postby florencezx » Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:49 am

Thank you! I worried that asking for it would make me look bad in front of the admission committee. Still worried... anyone asked for fee waiver and got in?
kalvano wrote:Plus it only takes about 10 minutes to send them all out...just make sure you change the school name and put your LSAC number / GPA / LSAT at the bottom.

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Re: ask for fee waiver -- any impact on admission?

Postby cowgirl_bebop » Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:55 am

What negative impact could it possibly have? Are the adcomms going to look poorly upon your application because you dont have the money to send in an application?

I say go for it. People get fee waivers all the time and get in. People get LSAC fee waivers and pay no app fees and get in. I think the only way it can negatively impact your app is if you harass a school to give you one or after they turn you down. Besides, plenty of schools give fee waivers out like candy if you go to their tables at law school fairs.

I already have an LSAC waiver, so I didnt need them. But I know I was offered one at just about every school I talked to.

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Re: ask for fee waiver -- any impact on admission?

Postby padthai » Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:06 pm

No, it shouldn't hurt your chances. If they agree to give you a merit-based waiver, it's because your numbers are good enough. This in itself shows you have a decent chance.




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