LSAC Notice: Fee Waiver Process Change

Winnie Tsao – April 4th, 2017

LSAC established its fee waiver program in 1968 to ensure that no one is denied access to law school because of the inability to pay for the LSAT and other essential applicant services. The LSAC process for granting fee waivers has been revised and streamlined over time. Today, a US law school candidate can easily apply for a fee waiver online. 

For the past 10 years, LSAC has granted an average of $2.5 million each year in fee waivers. LSAC fee waivers are unique among testing organizations because fees are waived for all essential services, not just the test.  

Currently, law schools can grant LSAC fee waivers to any candidate who requests one—without regard to a candidate’s need or LSAC’s guidelines. Because there is no limit on the number of waivers a school can grant, and there is no requirement to have or follow any specific criteria for determining eligibility, the potential for unequal treatment exists. Therefore, in order to promote fairness, access, and consistency for all candidates, the US fee waiver process going forward will be entirely online through LSAC.org. This change will be effective July 1, 2017.

Please feel free to direct any questions you may have about this change to Bob Meshanko at 215.968.1195 or rmeshanko@LSAC.org.