Merit-Based Fee Waiver Requests

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berndie90
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Merit-Based Fee Waiver Requests

Postby berndie90 » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:08 am

I was able to e-mail UCLA and request a fee waiver for the 2013/2014 cycle this last week which got me thinking - how many other schools will just hand out a fee waiver if asked? Has anyone had luck doing this?

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Re: Merit-Based Fee Waiver Requests

Postby sinfiery » Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:10 am

It's worth trying to ask at every school except HYS

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Re: Merit-Based Fee Waiver Requests

Postby PRgradBYU » Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:32 pm

berndie90 wrote:I was able to e-mail UCLA and request a fee waiver for the 2013/2014 cycle this last week which got me thinking - how many other schools will just hand out a fee waiver if asked? Has anyone had luck doing this?


Absolutely. There's nothing to lose by soliciting fee waivers; just don't be disheartened if a school doesn't grant you one. A granting or non-granting of a fee waiver isn't necessarily indicative of your admissions chances at a given school (unless maybe you give the school your LSAT/GPA, and the school replies with "LOL no").

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Re: Merit-Based Fee Waiver Requests

Postby nyjets2090 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:28 pm

I think most schools are pretty cool about it if you're at their medians.

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Re: Merit-Based Fee Waiver Requests

Postby MarkinKansasCity » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:33 pm

berndie90 wrote:I was able to e-mail UCLA and request a fee waiver for the 2013/2014 cycle this last week which got me thinking - how many other schools will just hand out a fee waiver if asked? Has anyone had luck doing this?


I received fee waivers for 16 out of the 20 places I applied to. That's all the way from UMKC to UVA. If they want you, they'll give you a fee waiver so you'll apply. If they don't want you, they'll give you a fee waiver to increase their selectivity numbers. You really can't lose here.

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Re: Merit-Based Fee Waiver Requests

Postby phillylaw215 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:45 pm

For those of you that have been successful, what do you usually include in your (what I am assuming to be) email?

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Re: Merit-Based Fee Waiver Requests

Postby phillylaw215 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:49 pm

Also, are schools more likely to grant waivers at certain times? Early vs. Late, Fall vs. Spring enrollment, etc.

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Re: Merit-Based Fee Waiver Requests

Postby MarkinKansasCity » Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:07 pm

phillylaw215 wrote:For those of you that have been successful, what do you usually include in your (what I am assuming to be) email?


http://www.top-law-schools.com/guide-to ... ivers.html

I used the form letter from that page.

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Re: Merit-Based Fee Waiver Requests

Postby phillylaw215 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:15 pm

MarkinKansasCity wrote:[http://www.top-law-schools.com/guide-to-fee-waivers.html

I used the form letter from that page.

Great, thanks!




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