LSAT Fee Waiver
Fee Waivers for the LSAT
The LSAC started its fee waiver program in 1968. Their intention was to ensure that everyone could take the LSAT if they wished to do so, and that no one missed an opportunity to do so only because of the inability to pay for the LSAT registration and other applicant services.
Who Is Eligible to Be Considered?
Only citizens of the USA or Canada, US nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States with an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-551) are eligible to be considered for an LSAT fee waiver. For Australian citizens, the procedure is to apply for a waiver to Melbourne Law School, even if the application is for admission to a law school in USA or Canada.
Who Is Not Eligible to Be Considered?
Anyone who has enrolled in a law school or has been found indulging in a misconduct or irregularity by the LSAC will not be considered for an LSAT fee waiver.
What Are the Criteria for Granting a Fee Waiver?
The LSAC grants a fee waiver only in case of extreme financial need. All requests for an LSAT fee waiver must be accompanied by supporting documents to prove that the applicant is not in a financial position to pay the fee.
What Will the Grant of a Fee Waiver Entitle You to?
Each fee waiver that has been approved will be valid for 2 years. It will entitle you to the following:
- Two LSATs that fall within the two-year period.
- One registration for Credential Assembly Service (CAS) including the Letter of Recommendation Service and the LSAC Evaluation Service. It will also entitle you to gain access to electronic applications to the LSAC-member law schools.
- Four law school reports.
- A copy of the Official LSAT SuperPrep, to help you prepare for the LSAT.
What Is the Procedure for Application for an LSAT Fee Waiver?
As per the LSAC, the application for a fee waiver is to be submitted at least weeks before the deadline for regular registration of the LSAT. You can apply for an LSAT fee waiver in three ways. These are as follows:
- The fastest and easiest way is to apply online. You need to have an LSAC.org account to use this method. If you don't already have an account, you can create a new one.
- You can download the LSAT fee waiver packet from the official LSAC website. You can also obtain a paper form of the fee waiver packet by calling 215.968.1001. You need to do this at least six weeks before the deadline for the LSAT registration. Only U.S. and Canadian citizens may use this option.
- You could get an LSAT fee waiver packet from the law school admission office or a prelaw advisor. This is applicable only to US or Canadian law schools. This too must be done at least six weeks prior to the LSAT registration deadline. If you are a US citizen, you can complete the application and submit it to the LSAC directly or to an LSAC-member law school for consideration. If you are a Canadian citizen, you must submit the application to a Canadian law school for consideration.
Additional Important Points to Note:
- All the tax documents required should reach the LSAC within 45 days of the receipt of the application. Until then, the LSAC will place your file on hold. This will not prevent you from taking the LSAT, but the LSAC will not release your score, nor will it send your law school reports, until it has reviewed your supporting documents. Once it approves your application for an LSAT fee waiver, it will remove the hold on your file. If on the other hand, your application is rejected, you will be billed at the regular rates.
- If the supporting documents do not reach on time, your application will be cancelled.
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