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Fee Waivers for LSAC - Eligibility and How to Apply

August 29, 2023
6 min read


Reviewed by:

David Merson

Former Head of Pre-Law Office, Northeastern University, & Admissions Officer, Brown University

Reviewed: 08/29/23

Are you trying to apply to law schools but have financial problems? In this guide, we'll take an in-depth look at LSAC’s fee waiver. 

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If you're reading this article, you might have your eyes set on a career in law. Starting from the very first step of embarking into the field of law, applicants and students have massive fees they must pay, whether tuition or LSAC fees. Unless you get a full-ride scholarship, those pursuing a career in law face extremely high costs.

These high costs start from the very beginning. When applicants apply to law schools, they use the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) site to start their application. LSAC has fees that applicants must pay to use its services. 

If you're applying to law schools and cannot afford the LSAC fees, you may be eligible for a fee waiver. This guide will cover how to get a waiver, who's eligible, and what the fee waiver covers.

Are You Eligible for an LSAC Fee Waiver? 

The fee waiver is only for those who cannot afford the fees. You must prove your income to be considered for this program. LSAC considers applicants whose income falls within the 250-300% income limit of the poverty guidelines for their Tier 1 and 2 packages. In addition to that, a person must:

  • Be a U.S. or Canadian citizen.
  • Be a U.S. national
  • Be a resident of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RFI), the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), or the Republic of Palau.
  • Be a permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Have temporary protected status in the U.S.
  • Have been granted deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
  • Be a permanent resident of Canada.
  • Be a Protected Person in Canada

You must provide documentation when applying for the LSAC Fee Waiver Program.

What Does LSAC Fee Waiver Include?

The fee waiver program has been modified to follow a two-tiered system to cover the costs of more applicants seeking financial assistance when applying to law school. Both tiers cover the costs of different services. Below are tables that show what each tier covers. 

Tier 1 Fee Waiver Package

The Tier 1 Fee Waiver package includes the following:

LSAC Service Fee (Waived)
Two LSAT test dates (within two years of the fee waiver period) $444
One CAS registration $200
Six CAS Law School Reports $270
One-year subscription to LawHub Advantage $115
LSAT Score Preview for two tests $90-150
One LawReady registration and LawReady Certificate and Portfolio fee (if eligible) $249

Source: LSAC

The table above shows the various services LSAC waives with the Tier 1 package. As you can see, it covers many services many applicants have trouble covering. 

Tier 2 Fee Waiver Package

The Tier 2 Fee Waiver package includes the following:

LSAC Service Fee (Waived)
One LSAT test date (within two years of the fee waiver period) $222
One CAS registration $200
Three CAS Law School Reports $135
One-year subscription to LawHub Advantage $115
LSAT Score Preview $45-75
One LawReady registration and LawReady Certificate and Portfolio fee (if eligible) $249

Source: LSAC

As you can see, both tiers cover the same services; however, Tier 1 includes a lot more. Now we'll be going over a brief description of each of the services the LSAC offers. 

Credential Assembly Service Fees

When applying to law school, applicants must register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Law schools for registration require CAS. The fee for CAS is $200, and it's for five years. 

CAS is an extension of LSAC, and it gathers an applicant's transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other documentation to submit to law school admissions.

LSAT Registration Fees

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is the standardized test applicants must complete applying to law schools. Registering for one LSAT is $222. The Tier 1 Fee Waiver Package covers two LSATs, while the Tier 2 Fee Waiver Package covers only one. 

Law School Reports

The Law School Report is a standardized report that LSAC will send to law schools. The reports include your LSAT scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. 

Nearly all law schools in the country require a copy of your Law School Report. One CAS Law School Report is $45. If you’re trying to stretch your dollars even further, you can apply to law schools with great financial aid options

LawHub Advantage

LawHub Advantage provides applicants with a subscription to over 75 official LSATs that have been administered in the past. The practice tests are administered online and are designed to help applicants practice before they take the LSAT. A one-year subscription is $115. 

LSAT Score Preview

The LSAT Score Preview allows first-time LSAT takers the option to purchase a preview of their LSAT scores. This allows applicants to see their LSAT score and decide if they want to keep it or not. 

In the past, applicants could not remove their bad LSAT scores from the permanent record. But now, applicants have the option to remove their lousy scores. The LSAT Score Previews cost $45.


LawReady is a new LSAC initiative allowing college students to explore the legal profession and develop the skills necessary for success while navigating the admissions process and building their network. LawReady costs $249.

How To Get an LSAC Fee Waiver

Documents needed for your LSAC Fee waiver

Getting a fee waiver through LSAC means first applying through your account. You’ll need to make an account first through the site. Next, through your LSAC account, you must upload all documentation supporting your fee waiver application. These documents include:

1. All tax documents supporting your fee waiver application. You must include all federal income tax schedules filed with Form 1040, including:

  • Schedule 1 (Additional Income and Adjustments to Income)
  • Schedule 2 (Additional Taxes)
  • Schedule A (Itemized Deductions)
  • Schedule B (Interest and Ordinary Dividends)
  • Schedule C or Schedule C-EZ (Profit or Loss from Business | Sole Proprietorship)
  • Schedule D (Capital Gains and Losses)
  • Schedule E (Supplemental Income and Losses)
  • Schedule F (Profit or Loss from Farming)
  • Schedule J (Income Averaging for Farmers and Fishermen)

2. The Verification of Non-filing Letter from the IRS. 

3. DACA documentation

4. Driver’s license, passport, or state ID

You must submit these documents at least six weeks prior to the registration deadline.

When You Should Apply 

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You should submit your completed fee waiver application to LSAC six weeks before the registration deadline. 

If you plan on taking advantage of the one-year Prep Plus subscription, you should submit your completed fee waiver application six months before the LSAT registration deadline.

What to Do If Your Application Is Denied 

LSAC will hold your file if your fee waiver request is denied. You then have two options: appeal the decision or pay all outstanding fees. You may only appeal the decision once, and the review process should be complete within two weeks. During this time, there will still be a hold on your file.

LSAC Fee Waiver: FAQs

If you still have questions after reading this guide, check out these frequently asked questions. 

1. How Much Do You Have To Earn To Qualify for an LSAC Waiver?

According to the LSAC website, you must earn 250-300% of the poverty guidelines to be considered for the fee waiver. 

2. How Long Does It Take To Get an LSAC Fee Waiver?

Once you've applied and submitted your documentation to LSAC, it usually takes about two weeks to process. If your application is denied, you can appeal it, which may take an additional two to three weeks.

3. What Factors Impact the Determination of My Fee Waiver Eligibility?

LSAC will approve or deny your fee waiver request’s approval depending on whether you’re within the income limit and what your residency status/citizenship status is. 

4. When Should I Start the Procedure to Secure a Fee Waiver?

LSAC recommends applicants apply for a fee waiver at least six months before your LSAT test date to “maximize the benefit from the one-year LawHub Advantage subscription included in the fee waiver package.”

Final Thoughts

Applying to law school can be expensive, stressful, and nerve-wracking. You're probably thinking about the LSAT, which law schools to apply to, and the many essays you'll be writing. 

Applying to law schools can be extra stressful if you're not financially able to pay for the many LSAC services. However, now that you've read this guide, you know there are programs to help cover these costs. An LSAC fee waiver can help cover these costs and help you during these stressful times.

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