I ran the numbers on LSN from all cycles, which includes about 200,000 applications.According to the data, 63.4% of people with a fee waiver (merit, special, and unspecified fee waivers only) listed on their application were admitted (either outright [62.4%] or off the WL [1%]). This number is actually a little higher if we take away the "not applied" people (3% of those with a fee waiver did not apply). Even higher if we account for the pending (10% of those with a fee waiver were still pending), though it might be said that you're less likely to admit to being rejected. Even one admittance listed as pending helps the percentage, however.A little perspective: 33.67% of applications on LSN were accepted outright, with an additional 1.38% accepted off the WL.The general advice is that receiving a fee waiver isn't an indicator that you're more likely to be admitted. In the aggregate, this seems to indicate otherwise.
Thanks frybread.BJ, I don't think GULC has done fee waivers lately, but I got the data anyhow. Did my best to make this readable.Data Valid As Of May 30th (should only affect a few applications)All Fee Waivers (merit, special, unspecified)All SchoolsTotal Applications: 197,979Total Fee Waived: 10,599% Waived: 5.4%Status % of FW Total %Admits 62.4% 34%WL, Admits 1% 1%Waitlist 15.4% 12%Rejected 7.5% 20%WL, Reject .01% 1%Pending 9.9% 19%Not Applied 3.1% 13%ColumbiaTotal Applications: 5134Total Fee Waived: 608% Waived: 11.8%Status % of FW Total %Admits 39% 23%WL, Admits .03% .05%Waitlist 23% 17%Rejected 14% 20%WL, Reject 2% 3%Pending 19% 23%Not Applied 3% 13%GeorgetownTotal Applications: 6346Total Fee Waived: 249% Waived: 3.9%Status % of FW Total %Admits 90% 33%WL, Admits .04% 2%Waitlist 4% 11%Rejected 2% 29%WL, Reject 0% 1%Pending 3% 12%Not Applied 1% 12%MinnesotaTotal Applications: 1,389 Total Fee Waived: 49% Waived: 3.5% Status % of FW Total %Admits 67% 37%WL, Admits 0% 1%Waitlist 8% 6%Rejected 4% 18%WL, Reject 0% 1%Pending 16% 26%Not Applied 4% 12%
Be sure to ask for fee waivers too, even if they aren't pro actively offered. I sent Michigan an email asking for a fee waiver; I detailed my LSAC number, name, a very brief explanation of my extracurriculars, and of course my GPA and LSAT. Remarkably, they gave me the waiver even though my LSAT is at the median and my GPA fell below the 25th%. I got another waiver this way at Minnesota as well. Cornell shot me down (they don't do any waivers). It definitely worth it to ask for your own waivers though for school's you're interested at.Alternatively, I found that because of fee waivers that I applied to a disproportionate number of "safety" type schools and turned all of them down in the end. It was sort of a waste of time for me and a waste of an admissions slot for other applicants. So be careful about overloading your safety picks.
I took the LSAT late in the previous cycle (December?) when fewer fee waivers are issued. However, I did not intend to apply until this cycle. I'm curious whether I can have name and LSAT score resubmitted to the candidate referral service in order to accrue the early and more abundant fee waivers for this cycle.I can call LSAC and ask on Monday, so I'm basically thinking out loud.