Fee Waivers for the LSAT & Credential Assembly Service (CAS)

Our fee waiver program is designed for law school candidates who are financially under-resourced, with the goal of increasing equity and access to legal education. This program is part of our mission to reduce barriers for law school applicants.

In order to increase the number of fee waiver applicants we can assist, the 2021-2022 LSAC Fee Waiver Program has been modified to recognize different levels of financial need. We have developed a two-tiered benefit system to assist applicants of varying economic circumstances in receiving fee waiver benefits. 

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for an LSAC fee waiver, you must:

  • Be a U.S., Canadian, or Australian citizen, or
  • Be a U.S. national, or
  • Be a permanent resident alien of the U.S. with an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I–151 or I–551), or
  • Have been granted deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), or
  • Have applied for deferred action under DACA, or
  • Be a permanent resident of Canada or Australia, or
  • Be a Protected Person/Convention Refugee in Canada or Australia

You must complete a fee waiver application and provide supporting tax forms and other documentation, as requested by LSAC.

Fee Waiver Tiers

Under the new two-tiered LSAC Fee Waiver Program, a financially independent candidate earning up to 250% of the federal poverty guidelines will be eligible for the Tier 1 fee waiver package, assuming they meet all the other eligibility criteria. An independent candidate earning 250-300% of the poverty guidelines will be eligible for the Tier 2 fee waiver package. Similarly, dependent candidates earning up to 150% of the poverty guidelines will be eligible for the Tier 1 fee waiver package; if their income exceeds this amount, they can receive further consideration if their income combined with their family income does not exceed 300% of the poverty guidelines. 

It is important to note that the fee waiver criteria also include maximum asset and cash balance levels, and the income levels outlined above do not guarantee approval. All applicants are required to complete an online application and provide documentation supporting their financial information. We also maintain an appeals process to consider unusual or exceptional situations on a case-by-case basis. 

Tier 1 Fee Waiver Package

Each approved Tier 1 LSAC fee waiver will waive the following fees:

  • Two LSATs (test dates must fall within the two-year fee waiver period), including one LSAT WritingTM
  • One CAS registration, which includes the Letter of Recommendation Service and access to electronic applications for all LSAC member law schools
  • Six CAS Law School Reports (available only after final approval of an LSAC fee waiver)
  • One-year subscription to LSAC’s Official LSAT Prep PlusSM, which provides access to more than 70 practice tests in the authentic LSAT test environment, as well as other exclusive content
  • Score Preview for first-time test takers, enabling them to see their score before deciding whether or not to keep it as part of their LSAC record and enable it to be reported to the law schools to which they apply 
  • In addition, free Khan Academy Official LSAT® Prep is available to all interested individuals at khanacademy.org/LSAT

No other LSAC fees will be waived. Fees previously paid cannot be waived retroactively, and no refunds will be issued.

Tier 2 Fee Waiver Package

Each approved Tier 2 LSAC fee waiver will waive the following fees:

  • One LSAT (test date must fall within the two-year fee waiver period), including one LSAT Writing™
  • One CAS registration, which includes the Letter of Recommendation Service and access to electronic applications for all LSAC member law schools
  • Three CAS Law School Reports (available only after final approval of an LSAC fee waiver)
  • One-year subscription to LSAC’s Official LSAT Prep PlusSM, which provides access to more than 70 practice tests in the authentic LSAT test environment, as well as other exclusive content
  • Score Preview for first-time test takers, enabling them to see their score before deciding whether or not to keep it as part of their LSAC record and enable it to be reported to the law schools to which they apply 
  • In addition, free Khan Academy Official LSAT® Prep is available to all interested individuals at khanacademy.org/LSAT

No other LSAC fees will be waived. Fees previously paid cannot be waived retroactively, and no refunds will be issued.

Please note:

Some law schools will waive their application fees for LSAC fee waiver recipients.

Applicants who have had an LSAC finding of misconduct or irregularity are not eligible for an LSAC fee waiver.

How to apply for a fee waiver

Submit your completed fee waiver application to LSAC at least six weeks prior to the registration deadline for the LSAT administration you wish to take.

To maximize the benefit from the included one-year Prep Plus subscription, you are encouraged to submit your completed fee waiver application at least six months prior to the LSAT registration deadline.

United States

Apply for a fee waiver through your LSAC.org account.

Please upload all documentation supporting your fee waiver application to your LSAC online account no later than 45 days after submitting your application online. This documentation should include:

  • All tax documents supporting your fee waiver application
    • You must include all federal income tax schedules filed with the 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)
  • The Verification of Nonfiling Letter from the IRS — if you were not required to file a federal tax return. More information about this documentation is available on the 2021-2022 Verification of Nonfiling Instructions page.
  • DACA documentation — if you were granted (or applied for) deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

If we do not receive the required supporting documentation within 45 days, your application will be canceled. (However, in most cases, your application can be reinstated after all required documentation is received.)

This is important. Please Note: All supporting documentation for U.S. fee waiver applicants must be uploaded directly through your LSAC online account. We can no longer accept fee waiver documentation submitted via email or postal mail.

Canada

Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and Protected Persons/Convention Refugees in Canada who need a fee waiver for LSAC services may apply through the LSAC Canadian Fee Waiver process. To request a fee waiver, download the Canadian Fee Waiver Form and Instructions (PDF) and send your completed application to LSAC by email to CanadianFeeWaiver@LSAC.org.

All tax documentation supporting the fee waiver application (Notice of Assessment for applicant, and for the spouse or parents of applicant, if applicable) should accompany the fee waiver application. The application cannot be processed until this supporting documentation is received.

This is important. Please Note: As of August 1, 2020, Canadian LSAC Fee Waiver Forms and all supporting documentation must be submitted directly to LSAC. Individual Canadian law schools will no longer process LSAC fee waiver applications.

The Approval Process

Your LSAC file will be on hold until final approval of your fee waiver. A hold will not prevent you from taking the LSAT; however, your score will not be released to you or the law schools to which you are applying until our review of your tax forms confirms the data you supplied in your fee waiver application.

When we approve your fee waiver, we will remove the hold 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 we will bill you for the services for which you registered. (This hold will be removed once we receive payment.)

If your fee waiver application is denied, you may appeal the decision; appeal decisions are final.

LSAC usually processes tax documentation within one week from when we receive it. It may take up to three weeks to process and review documentation for an appeal. We will notify you by email about all fee waiver decisions.

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.

Fee Waiver FAQs

Why does LSAC offer fee waivers?

LSAC has established a fee waiver program to ensure that no one is denied access to legal education due to an inability to pay for the LSAT and other essential application services.

What is the process I must follow if applying for a fee waiver?

Apply for a fee waiver through your LSAC.org account. Please send all documentation supporting your fee waiver application to LSAC no later than 45 days after submitting your application online. This documentation should include:

  • All tax documents supporting your fee waiver application
  • The Verification of Nonfiling Form — if you were not required to file a federal tax return
  • DACA documentation — if you were granted (or applied for) deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

What is offered to candidates granted a fee waiver?

A candidate who is granted a fee waiver will receive either Tier 1 or Tier 2 benefits depending on their determined level of need. 

What factors affect my fee waiver determination?

  • Income, including wage, self-employed, unemployment, disability, and investment income (Income is evaluated within the context of federal poverty guidelines for U.S. candidates.)
  • Assets, including cash, bonds, equities, and other financial instruments held in taxable accounts (Substantial cash balances and/or investment holdings will likely result in the denial of a fee waiver application, even if there is little to no income.)
  • Dependents (number thereof)
  • Housing expenses (rent or mortgage)
     

What if my fee waiver application is denied?

LSAC wants to make sure all relevant evidence of need is considered in granting fee waivers. If your fee waiver application is denied, you can appeal that decision. However, all appeal decisions are final. You will be eligible to reapply during the next fee waiver season (April through March).

How does LSAC determine independent/dependent status?

Your dependency status is based on your answers in Section B of the fee waiver application. If you are deemed to be a dependent, you will be required to provide both your own and your parents’ tax documentation. LSAC’s determination of your dependency status may not be the same as the determination made by the IRS or other organizations.