LSAC established the fee waiver program in 1968 to assure that no person is denied access to law school because of the absolute inability to pay for the LSAT and other essential applicant services.
Are you eligible?
The basic criterion for receiving a waiver is the absolute inability to pay for the LSAT and Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Because the cost of these services is only a fraction of the cost of a legal education, the need criterion is considerably more stringent than for other financial aid processes. Only those with extreme need should apply.
Your inability to pay will be validated via your LSAC Fee Waiver Application, supporting tax forms, and other documentation as requested by LSAC or the law school to which you submit your application.
To be considered for a fee waiver, you must either
- be a US, Canadian, or Australian citizen;
- be a US national;
- be a permanent resident alien of the United States with an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I–151 or I–551);
- have been granted deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); or
- have applied for deferred action under DACA.
LSAC will not accept fee waiver applications from any other candidates.
- Students who have enrolled in law school or who have had an LSAC finding of misconduct or irregularity are not eligible for an LSAC fee waiver.
- Fee waivers will not be granted retroactively.
If you receive a fee waiver ...
Each approved LSAC fee waiver will entitle you to
No other LSAC fees will be waived.
Because of the rigorous financial standards applied in the LSAC fee waiver process, some law schools waive their application fees for LSAC fee waiver recipients. However, the need for application fee waivers is not considered in the LSAC fee waiver process.
If you receive a fee waiver and are unable to test on your scheduled date, you must request a withdrawal of your test registration by the withdrawal deadline. Your fee waiver will then be available for a future test within your two-year waiver period.
How to Request a Fee Waiver
LSAC recommends that you submit your completed fee waiver application at least six weeks prior to your region’s regular LSAT registration deadline.
There are three ways to request a fee waiver:
- Apply through your LSAC.org account. This is the fastest and easiest way to request an LSAC fee waiver.
All tax documents supporting fee waiver applications must be received by LSAC no later than 45 days after the application is received by LSAC.
Applicants who were granted (or applied for) deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will also have 45 days to submit the required DACA documentation.
If the documents are not received within 45 days, the fee waiver application will be canceled. The application may be reopened after a cancellation.
- Mail or fax a completed paper application to LSAC:
662 Penn Street
PO BOX 2001
Newtown PA 18940-0981
- Take a completed paper application to a participating US LSAC-member law school.
- Only LSAC or LSAC-member law schools can approve a fee waiver. Fee waivers cannot be granted by financial aid offices of undergraduate institutions, nonmember law schools, prelaw advisors, or any other individual or organization.
- If you intend to register for the LSAT or CAS by paper, you must contact LSAC at 215.968.1001 to obtain a paper LSAT Registration Form.
Download the Canadian Fee Waiver Form and Instructions (PDF), or request a paper fee waiver packet from LSAC by calling 215.968.1001, from a Canadian law school admission office, or from a prelaw advisor.
Submit your completed application to a Canadian LSAC-member law school (even if you plan to apply to a US law school for admission).
- Fee waivers for Canadian citizens cannot be granted by financial aid offices of undergraduate institutions, US LSAC-member law schools, nonmember law schools, prelaw advisors, or any other individual or organization.
- Canadian LSAC-member law schools will consider fee waiver requests for Canadian citizens only.
- If you intend to register for the LSAT by paper, you must contact LSAC at 215.968.1001 to obtain a paper LSAT Registration Form.
The Approval Process
Your LSAC file will be placed on hold pending final approval of your fee waiver. A hold will not prevent you from taking the LSAT; however, you will not receive your LSAT score, and law school reports will not be sent, until review of your tax forms confirms the data you supplied in your fee waiver application.
Upon final approval of your fee waiver, the hold will be removed from your LSAC file. If, however, a review of your documentation determines that you are ineligible for a fee waiver, the hold will remain, and you will be billed for the service(s) for which you registered.
Fee waivers will be good for two years from the date of conditional approval of the waiver by LSAC.
Completing a fee waiver application acknowledges your acceptance of these terms.