Requesting Fee waivers when below medians?

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pdftlvson
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Requesting Fee waivers when below medians?

Postby pdftlvson » Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:46 pm

Would it look bad/should I try to request a merit-based fee waiver from schools where I am one point below their LSAT median but above their 75th percentile GPA? Is it common for schools to grant fee waivers if you are below one of the medians?

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howlery
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Re: Requesting Fee waivers when below medians?

Postby howlery » Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:50 pm

From what I've read fee waivers are meant to increase the applicant pool, not to ensure likely-admits will apply. If I were you I'd at least ask. If you don't ask, you won't receive (though some schools send them out unprovoked, you know what I mean).

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Re: Requesting Fee waivers when below medians?

Postby 23402385985 » Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:52 pm

Worst thing they can do is say, "no."

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Re: Requesting Fee waivers when below medians?

Postby Hopefully2012 » Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:53 pm

Your title says below both medians... I would say ehh, what do you have to lose?

However, your opening post says one above and one below, in that case... I would look at LSN and see which school's have granted fee waivers to students with similar numbers in the past and send to those schools. Off the top of my head, USC does not give fee waivers unless you are above both their medians.

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Re: Requesting Fee waivers when below medians?

Postby bport hopeful » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:01 pm

Just do it.

pdftlvson
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Re: Requesting Fee waivers when below medians?

Postby pdftlvson » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:06 pm

Thanks! I just sent out a few requests so we'll see if anyone gets back to me.. And to clarify I am only below one median (1 pt.. grr!).

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Re: Requesting Fee waivers when below medians?

Postby bmili » Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:04 pm

Just ask. My responses have been across the spectrum. Some schools are nice, a few slightly annoyed (ironically a couple of the put off schools my LSAT was above their median). However, I did successfully solicit a fee waiver from a school where I was below the LSAT median.

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Re: Requesting Fee waivers when below medians?

Postby bport hopeful » Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:35 pm

I dont exactly remember, but I think I got waivers at schools I didnt get into.




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