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Kantian

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Fee Waivers are uber hard to get if not done via LSAC
« on: November 03, 2008, 05:26:27 PM »
so if u need one, apply for one on the lsac page asap. it takes a while. I've only been successful at 1 out of 20 schools via email.

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Re: Fee Waivers are uber hard to get if not done via LSAC
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2008, 12:05:54 AM »
Not trying to be a male private part, but what'd you expect?

E-mail: "Hey, hook me up.  I want to apply to your school for free."

Next Day Response:  "SURE!  Go right ahead!"

I applaud your effort though.

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Re: Fee Waivers are uber hard to get if not done via LSAC
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2008, 01:29:45 AM »
Not trying to be a male private part, but what'd you expect?

E-mail: "Hey, hook me up.  I want to apply to your school for free."

Next Day Response:  "SURE!  Go right ahead!"

I applaud your effort though.

Some ppl don't have much choice. I did fish out a couple though.

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Re: Fee Waivers are uber hard to get if not done via LSAC
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2008, 01:42:18 AM »
I'm batting .500 at direct asking for fee waivers, but I do have an LSAT that most schools would give a fee waiver too anyways.

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Re: Fee Waivers are uber hard to get if not done via LSAC
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2008, 04:49:09 PM »
I have actually done fairly well.  I had decided against asking for merit based, but I have received a few just by including my GPA and extracurriculars in my need based request.  The rest either required some minor confirmation of my need (i.e. copy of financial aid letter) or gave me one based on the info I provided in the email.

I think I will only end up paying for about 5 apps and these schools either don't offer waivers at all or their process for requesting one wasn't worth it.

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Re: Fee Waivers are uber hard to get if not done via LSAC
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2008, 05:48:36 PM »
Though I havent taken the lsat yet Ive calculated that with just my out-of-state apps (assuming i dont get fee waivers to any of the schools) will cost me near $1,000. that's depressing.

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Re: Fee Waivers are uber hard to get if not done via LSAC
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2008, 06:15:42 PM »
Magnifique and I have had similar luck with requesting fee waivers...some have just given me the waiver by email, but some require documentation.  I haven't been denied one yet, though.
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Re: Fee Waivers are uber hard to get if not done via LSAC
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2008, 06:40:36 PM »
I hate this fee waiver process.  Mostly because I'm bitter and grumpy.  Schools think that I make some great amount of money, but in actuality, it's not *that* much, given where I live.  Thus, no fee waiver.  Also, sucky freshman and sophomore years = epic fail at merit based.  Grrrrrrrr....
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Re: Fee Waivers are uber hard to get if not done via LSAC
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2008, 06:45:01 PM »
I hate this fee waiver process.  Mostly because I'm bitter and grumpy.  Schools think that I make some great amount of money, but in actuality, it's not *that* much, given where I live.  Thus, no fee waiver.  Also, sucky freshman and sophomore years = epic fail at merit based.  Grrrrrrrr....

MA,

I have the same issue.  I was penalized by LSAC for basically securing a job to take care of myself.  They see a number and assume that you must have a large amount of money.

After being denied by LSAC, I took the approach of showing schools that even though I make a certain amount of money, I still need help.  Some schools took my word, some wanted proof and I sent my financial aid letter and a detailed monthly budget.  Every school that received my income info and my monthly budget gave me a waiver.

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Re: Fee Waivers are uber hard to get if not done via LSAC
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2008, 07:40:35 PM »
Thanks Mag, I'll give that a try.  I do have extenuating circumstances that I think should weigh in.  I wonder if they'd give me a waiver and then refund the fees I've already paid?  Would be nice to get my $800 or so back!
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