Fee waivers..do they mean a whole lot?

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masterthearts
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Fee waivers..do they mean a whole lot?

Postby masterthearts » Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:08 pm

I received more fee waivers than I care to count, including waivers to some of the T14 schools. These were unsolicited and were given to me based on my profile.
Is it a good sign when you get an unsolicited fee waiver? I would think it means you have the minimum GPA and lsat score, or ethnicity that they are looking for.
But, I realize the schools may be looking for 10,000 applicants so they can reject most of them and appear to be very selective.

I am Hispanic (not Mex or Puerto Rican) with a very high gpa from an Ivy, but a lower lsat score (163). I think the score sucks, but these schools are telling me they selected me for a fee waiver based on my score and academic record!

What has your experience been regarding unsolicited fee waivers (not based on financial need). Have the schools that sent you the waivers accepted you?

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The Gentleman
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Re: Fee waivers..do they mean a whole lot?

Postby The Gentleman » Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:09 pm

masterthearts wrote:the schools may be looking for 10,000 applicants so they can reject most of them and appear to be very selective.


This.

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Re: Fee waivers..do they mean a whole lot?

Postby Pleasye » Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:19 pm

The Gentleman wrote:
masterthearts wrote:the schools may be looking for 10,000 applicants so they can reject most of them and appear to be very selective.


This.

Yup. That.

masterthearts
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Re: Fee waivers..do they mean a whole lot?

Postby masterthearts » Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:23 pm

I wish they would ban US News and World Report...they are raping the system

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Re: Fee waivers..do they mean a whole lot?

Postby bdubs » Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:29 pm

It means that you saved the application fee, so if you want a very outside shot it will only cost you a $12 report fee.

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Re: Fee waivers..do they mean a whole lot?

Postby Pleasye » Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:39 pm

masterthearts wrote:I wish they would ban US News and World Report...they are raping the system

Even if US News and its rankings didn't exist I think schools would still want to mess with their yield rates. How "selective" your school is is always going to be a great talking point.

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Re: Fee waivers..do they mean a whole lot?

Postby whymeohgodno » Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:47 pm

Yeah they mean that you save $75.

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Re: Fee waivers..do they mean a whole lot?

Postby mst » Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:48 am

Doesn't mean a thing other than the fact you get to save money. Doesn't mean you have a greater or less chance of getting in than you have otherwise... I feel like we get this question once a week?

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Re: Fee waivers..do they mean a whole lot?

Postby Pleasye » Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:16 pm

mst wrote:Doesn't mean a thing other than the fact you get to save money. Doesn't mean you have a greater or less chance of getting in than you have otherwise... I feel like we get this question once a week?

We do.




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