When do we get our fee waivers?!?

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TMC116
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When do we get our fee waivers?!?

Postby TMC116 » Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:42 pm

2 quick questions. Now that LSAT results were released yesterday, when do we start getting fee waivers from law schools? I'd like to send mine in ASAP but i don't want to pay $1000 when i could just wait a week and get app fees waived

Secondly, will schools that we're interested in send us waivers if we have them on our list of schools to apply to on our LSAC account? (Or do schools randomly send out waivers to applicants with certain scores?)

Thanks

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Re: When do we get our fee waivers?!?

Postby grovevilleroad » Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:53 pm

Reach out to the schools. You can ask for fee waivers based on merit or financials. Schools were reaching out to me months after I took the June test, so don't wait and be proactive to send in your application asap.

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Re: When do we get our fee waivers?!?

Postby NoleMatt » Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:57 pm

Please forgive my ignorance, but I have no clue how the fee waivers work and I've always wondered about them :oops:

Do schools see your score and send you the waivers or what?

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Re: When do we get our fee waivers?!?

Postby 03121202698008 » Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:58 pm

NoleMatt wrote:Please forgive my ignorance, but I have no clue how the fee waivers work and I've always wondered about them :oops:

Do schools see your score and send you the waivers or what?


Some do, although typically they are school way below your numbers. E-mail and ask for them. I got 12+ two years ago.

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Re: When do we get our fee waivers?!?

Postby TMC116 » Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:10 pm

So it's normal (and acceptable) to request waivers if you're at the medians for a school?

I'll send out requests tomorrow. How long before I get an answer?

Thanks for the tip. I appreciate it

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Re: When do we get our fee waivers?!?

Postby 03121202698008 » Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:11 pm

TMC116 wrote:So it's normal (and acceptable) to request waivers if you're at the medians for a school?

I'll send out requests tomorrow. How long before I get an answer?

Thanks for the tip. I appreciate it


Yep, some I was below their 25. Mine weren't need-based either. And actually come to think of it, I had most before I even had an LSAT. I just asked.

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Re: When do we get our fee waivers?!?

Postby ThreeRivers » Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:26 pm

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

This honestly is an amazing write up / everything you need to know...

Hello,

I have a quick question – I was wondering if School X offered merit-based application fee waivers, and if I would qualify for one. My information is:

LSDAS GPA: x.xx

LSAT SCORE: xxx

LSAC ACCOUNT NUMBER: Lxxxxxxxx

Thank you for your time,

Hopeful Law Student

I used this almost word for word and sent it to the 9 schools I plan on applying to at like 1 AM last night... 2 told me yes so far, 3 said they only do it through CRS / check to see if I got one later, 1 said they only do needs-based, and 3 haven't responded yet.

So I haven't been as successful as some but still already saved $160

edit: 1 of the ones that gave me a fee waiver right away I'm well above both of their medians / I'm expecting a decent scholarship, but the other I'm not sure if I'll even be accepted (right at LSAT median / below their GPA median)

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Re: When do we get our fee waivers?!?

Postby 03121202698008 » Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:31 pm

No offense, but that isn't great. This is roughly what I sent when I applied. Yours is too... conciliatory? feeble? Not sure how to describe it but when I read it I think you lack self-confidence for some reason.

Dear sir or ma'am,

I am applying to law school for the 2009-2010 cycle and would greatly appreciate being considered for a merit-based fee waiver. My LSDAS GPA is 3.92 and while I will not take the LSAT for a few weeks (Sept administration), my average practice score is around 169. While I undoubtedly have too much income for a need-based waiver, such a waiver would help alleviate the burden associated with applying. I am especially interested in attending your school and would appreciate any help that you can provide.

Thank you for your consideration!

Name
LSAC: XXX


Also FWIW, some schools replied that they have a policy of giving it to anyone who says applying would be a burden....so I'd include that.

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Re: When do we get our fee waivers?!?

Postby ThreeRivers » Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:36 pm

blowhard wrote:No offense, but that isn't great. This is roughly what I sent when I applied. Yours is too... conciliatory? feeble? Not sure how to describe it but when I read it I think you lack self-confidence for some reason.

Dear sir or ma'am,

I am applying to law school for the 2009-2010 cycle and would greatly appreciate being considered for a merit-based fee waiver. My LSDAS GPA is 3.92 and while I will not take the LSAT for a few weeks (Sept administration), my average practice score is around 169. While I undoubtedly have too much income for a need-based waiver, such a waiver would help alleviate the burden associated with applying. I am especially interested in attending your school and would appreciate any help that you can provide.

Thank you for your consideration!

Name
LSAC: XXX


Also FWIW, some schools replied that they have a policy of giving it to anyone who says applying would be a burden....so I'd include that.

That wasn't mine.. it was from the link I posted. I adjusted it slightly I didn't like the "hello" / quick question etc... bottom line it doesn't really matter.

Include your name / LSAT / LSAC ID / LSDAS GPA and you're fine. This was mine actually


I am inquiring to see if XXXXXXXXX offered merit-based application fee waivers, and if I would qualify for one. My information is:

LSDAS GPA: xxx
LSAT SCORE: xxx
LSAC ACCOUNT NUMBER: xxxxx

Thank you for your time,
xxxxxx


I don't even think they really read it all / just look at your info. Include it is hard to pay if what you said is true

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Re: When do we get our fee waivers?!?

Postby 03121202698008 » Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:42 pm

ThreeRivers wrote:
blowhard wrote:No offense, but that isn't great. This is roughly what I sent when I applied. Yours is too... conciliatory? feeble? Not sure how to describe it but when I read it I think you lack self-confidence for some reason.

Dear sir or ma'am,

I am applying to law school for the 2009-2010 cycle and would greatly appreciate being considered for a merit-based fee waiver. My LSDAS GPA is 3.92 and while I will not take the LSAT for a few weeks (Sept administration), my average practice score is around 169. While I undoubtedly have too much income for a need-based waiver, such a waiver would help alleviate the burden associated with applying. I am especially interested in attending your school and would appreciate any help that you can provide.

Thank you for your consideration!

Name
LSAC: XXX


Also FWIW, some schools replied that they have a policy of giving it to anyone who says applying would be a burden....so I'd include that.

That wasn't mine.. it was from the link I posted. I adjusted it slightly I didn't like the "hello" / quick question etc... bottom line it doesn't really matter.

Include your name / LSAT / LSAC ID / LSDAS GPA and you're fine. This was mine actually


I am inquiring to see if XXXXXXXXX offered merit-based application fee waivers, and if I would qualify for one. My information is:

LSDAS GPA: xxx
LSAT SCORE: xxx
LSAC ACCOUNT NUMBER: xxxxx

Thank you for your time,
xxxxxx


I don't even think they really read it all / just look at your info. Include it is hard to pay if what you said is true


That's better but you never ask for it. Just makes it seem like you're dodging the question. It'd read better if you come right out and ask for it. If that's all you're sending I agree there won't be a big difference. Mine really had a sentence in it about being in the military...which I feel made the yield better. (A few T6 schools I was below 25 and other people reported being told no)

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Re: When do we get our fee waivers?!?

Postby sendmeonmyway » Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:13 pm

Mine really had a sentence in it about being in the military...which I feel made the yield better.

Blowhard, can you give me an idea of how to phrase such a sentence? I always feel like I'm bragging or a poser or something when I try to get cool stuff for being in the military. Thanks for your time!

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Re: When do we get our fee waivers?!?

Postby 03121202698008 » Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:43 pm

sendmeonmyway wrote:
Mine really had a sentence in it about being in the military...which I feel made the yield better.

Blowhard, can you give me an idea of how to phrase such a sentence? I always feel like I'm bragging or a poser or something when I try to get cool stuff for being in the military. Thanks for your time!


Sent you a PM.




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