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avemundi
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Fee waiver question

Postby avemundi » Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:04 pm

So...I asked a similar question a couple days ago (beating dead horse, I know, I'm really sorry, sorry), but...
I haven't got many fee waivers from schools where I'm at the median and it's starting to get worrisome.
I know a lot of fee waivers go out to people who are below the school's medians (theoretically b/c they want to enhance their applicant pool), so what does it mean in my case? Is it because I went to a foreign UG?
Don't they send fee waivers to everyone in their 'range'?

It's a bit crazy but I can't stop thinking of the whole thing in necessary/sufficient terms - 'A fee waiver is not sufficient for your acceptance, but it is necessary mwhahahahaha'

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Re: Fee waiver question

Postby avemundi » Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:50 pm

hate to be a pain, but anyone? :(

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Re: Fee waiver question

Postby rinkrat19 » Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:56 pm

Getting a waiver or not means pretty much nothing. Relax.

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Re: Fee waiver question

Postby 2014 » Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:00 pm

In many cases they seem to not grant Fee Waivers to those who are right in their target accept range because those individuals are likely to pay regardless.

They are more likely to give waivers to people who are numerically overqualified to entice them to apply to a school they might originally overlook, or to people who are underqualified to apply to a reach school.

In both cases it enables them to decline or waitlist more people and boost their USNWR stats.

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Re: Fee waiver question

Postby cinephile » Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:12 pm

If you have a fee waiver, you might as well apply -- it's only $12. What's the worst that could happen? Being rejected it much better than looking back and wishing you applied more broadly/aimed higher.

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Re: Fee waiver question

Postby avemundi » Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:12 pm

2014 wrote:In many cases they seem to not grant Fee Waivers to those who are right in their target accept range because those individuals are likely to pay regardless.

They are more likely to give waivers to people who are numerically overqualified to entice them to apply to a school they might originally overlook, or to people who are underqualified to apply to a reach school.

In both cases it enables them to decline or waitlist more people and boost their USNWR stats.



I would like this to be true, lol.
But for the few schools that did give me fee waivers so far, I am in their target accept range. I haven't gotten any from super-reach schools OR from lower-ranked schools. Blech, I just don't get the system - do they send them to everyone who's within the range of numbers? A randomly selected number of people within the range of numbers? gahhhh

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Re: Fee waiver question

Postby avemundi » Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:14 pm

cinephile wrote:If you have a fee waiver, you might as well apply -- it's only $12. What's the worst that could happen? Being rejected it much better than looking back and wishing you applied more broadly/aimed higher.


I must have confused you. I meant I was worried because I wasn't getting many fee waivers, from schools where i'm at median, from reach schools, OR from total safety schools.

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Re: Fee waiver question

Postby avemundi » Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:20 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:Getting a waiver or not means pretty much nothing. Relax.


Sigh...I try to tell myself that. But I can't help being all 'if it doesn't matter, THEN WHY DON'T I HAVE ONE?' lol

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Re: Fee waiver question

Postby franklyscarlet » Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:30 pm

avemundi wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:Getting a waiver or not means pretty much nothing. Relax.


Sigh...I try to tell myself that. But I can't help being all 'if it doesn't matter, THEN WHY DON'T I HAVE ONE?' lol


Prepare to psych yourself out over fee waivers. No matter how much you know it doesn't matter, your brain thinks it will. Mine is still weeping over the Cornell snub no matter how much I reason with it :? But in the end they really mean nothing.

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Re: Fee waiver question

Postby acrossthelake » Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:36 pm

Fee waivers really don't mean much. I got left out of a fair number of fee waivers at schools that let me in pretty quickly. If you want one because it's generally good to save money, just e-mail them.

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Re: Fee waiver question

Postby cinephile » Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:38 pm

avemundi wrote:
cinephile wrote:If you have a fee waiver, you might as well apply -- it's only $12. What's the worst that could happen? Being rejected it much better than looking back and wishing you applied more broadly/aimed higher.


I must have confused you. I meant I was worried because I wasn't getting many fee waivers, from schools where i'm at median, from reach schools, OR from total safety schools.


Sorry, must have misread. Have you tried contacting these schools and asking for a fee waiver on basis of merit/need?




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