There's an invaluable little lesson that I need to share with everyone:If you can find any way to have something (including LOR's) sent to LSAC via FedEx, do it that way.
I guess I should clarify that this only applies if you are, like most here, obsessed with everything being in and processed as quickly as possible.
My reasons are as follows:
- The documents will not get lost.
- You'll know exactly when they're delivered, and it will be quick.
- Best of all, documents FedEx-ed to LSAC don't end up in the normal PO box mail bag. Instead, they end up in a magical land of happiness where they get processed within about 36 hours. This has been the case for two recs that I submitted during the past couple of weeks, while others seem to be waiting forever.
But ManTGeo, you say, how do I do this in terms of logistics?
First, you need a FedEx account number - I got mine a long time ago, but I think it's an easy process that involves signing up on the website or by phone with a credit card.
Then, you go online and create shipments corresponding to each document you need sent, making sure to change the sender address to the appropriate LOR sender in every case. It doesn't matter at all what date you put as the sending date, I promise. The system lets you print out a shipping document. Go to a local FedEx or a FedEx drop box and pick up an express envelope for every document you need to send, and put the shipping label in the appropriate plastic enclosure on the front of each. Then, just give the envelopes to your recommenders / whoever and have them enclose everything and sign the flap like they would with a normal envelope. They can just drop it in a FedEx drop box or give it to the department secretary or whatever. You'll be able to track the shipment because you created it, and LSAC will process it the day after it is delivered (in my experience, this has been the case for both LOR's I had sent this way).
How much does it cost? Less than $15 per 3-day envelope in almost any case, and often less than than $12 for 2-day. And note that you don't get billed unless the label you printed is actually used, so there's no worry if you have to change things and discard an old label.