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Fee Waiver Question

Fee Waiver Question
« on: October 06, 2008, 10:56:11 AM »
I am not sure that this is the correct place to post this question, and I searched and could not really find an appropriate answer...so does anyone have advice on the proper way to ask a certain school for a fee waiver. For example: got an email inviting me to apply, no fee waiver :( is there a polite way to email back and say that I am very interested in applying however, I would request a fee waiver to do so?

Re: Fee Waiver Question
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2008, 10:59:06 AM »
i think it makes you look bad asking for a fee waiver.  if a school doesn't offer you one, i'd just pay up.  sometimes they have a form online for need-based waivers, so maybe you could look into that.  maybe even email asking them if they have any method for requesting a need-based waiver.  but i think requesting a merit waiver is always going to be in poor taste no matter how you word it.

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Re: Fee Waiver Question
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2008, 04:34:41 PM »
I don't think it makes you look bad at all. I had a legitimate reason, based on need,  and I simply emailed them and explained my situation, and a couple schools gave me one. In the worst, it won't hurt. It's not like they will put a note on your file saying "this cheap SOB didn't want to pay the application fee. @#!* him/her. Chance of acceptance: nada." PM me if you want to know what schools didn't need documentation.

Re: Fee Waiver Question
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2008, 04:41:12 PM »
I think asking out of need is more acceptable than saying, "hi, this is my GPA and my LSAT score, can I apply for free?"  But yeah, I've asked for financial fee waivers, and I think that's perfectly acceptable.

Re: Fee Waiver Question
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2008, 04:47:09 PM »
I think asking out of need is more acceptable than saying, "hi, this is my GPA and my LSAT score, can I apply for free?"  But yeah, I've asked for financial fee waivers, and I think that's perfectly acceptable.

It is out of need. I was just wondering how exactly I should go about it.

Re: Fee Waiver Question
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2008, 04:49:52 PM »
Ah, I just emailed and said here's my my financial situation, what is the procedure for getting a fee waiver?  Some said, here download and fill out this forms, and some said oh sure no problem, print out this email and send it in.