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 2022-2023 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. or Canadian citizen, or
  • Be a U.S. national, or
  • Be a resident of either the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RFI), the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), or the Republic of Palau, or 
  • Be a permanent resident alien of the U.S. with an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I–151 or I–551), or
  • Have temporary protected status in the U.S., 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
  • Be a Protected Person/Convention Refugee in Canada

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, assuming all the other eligibility criteria are met:

  • An independent candidate earning up to 250% of the federal poverty guidelines may be eligible for the Tier 1 fee waiver package.
  • An independent candidate earning 250-300% of the poverty guidelines may be eligible for the Tier 2 fee waiver package.
  • A dependent applicant may be eligible for the Tier 1 fee waiver package if their income does not exceed 150% of the federal poverty guidelines, and if their income combined with their parents’ income does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty guidelines.
  • A dependent applicant may be eligible for the Tier 2 fee waiver package if their income does not exceed 200% of the poverty guidelines, and if their income combined with their parents’ income is between 300-350% of the poverty guidelines.

It is important to note that the fee waiver criteria also include maximum asset and cash balance levels and other factors LSAC may consider in its sole discretion, 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 and eligibility. 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:

LSAC Service Associated Fee (waived)
Two LSATs (test dates must fall within the two-year fee waiver period), including one LSAT Writing™ $430 value
One CAS registration, which includes the Letter of Recommendation Service and access to electronic applications for all LSAC-member law schools $195 value
Six CAS Law School Reports (available only after final approval of an LSAC fee waiver) $270 value
One-year subscription to LSAC’s Official LSAT Prep Plus®, which provides access to more than 70 practice tests in the authentic LSAT test environment, as well as other exclusive content $99 value
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 $45 value
In addition, free Khan Academy Official LSAT® Prep is available to all interested individuals at khanacademy.org/LSAT Available for free to all test takers

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:

LSAC Service Associated Fee (waived)
One LSAT (test date must fall within the two-year fee waiver period), including one LSAT Writing™ $215 value
One CAS registration, which includes the Letter of Recommendation Service and access to electronic applications for all LSAC-member law schools $195 value
Three CAS Law School Reports (available only after final approval of an LSAC fee waiver) $135 value
One-year subscription to LSAC’s Official LSAT Prep Plus®, which provides access to more than 70 practice tests in the authentic LSAT test environment, as well as other exclusive content $99 value
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 $45 value
In addition, free Khan Academy Official LSAT® Prep is available to all interested individuals at khanacademy.org/LSAT Available for free to all test takers

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 2022-2023 Verification of Nonfiling Instructions page.
  • DACA documentation — if you were granted (or applied for) deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
  • Driver’s license, passport, or state ID — if you are a resident of either the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RFI), the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), or the Republic of Palau.

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. 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

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 (i.e., Notice of Assessment for the applicant, and for the spouse or parents of the applicant, if applicable)

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. All supporting documentation for Canadian 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.

The Approval Process

Once submitted, your online fee waiver application will be either conditionally approved or denied.

If Your Online Fee Waiver Application Is Conditionally Approved

Your LSAC file will be placed on hold while LSAC reviews your application and supporting documentation. The review process is usually completed within one week after receipt of your supporting documentation. Even if your file is on hold, you may proceed to take the LSAT. However, your LSAT score will not be released to you or any law schools until your application is fully approved or, if denied, applicable fees are paid.

This is important. Please note that fees previously paid cannot be waived retroactively, and no refunds will be issued. We encourage you NOT to submit payment while you’re waiting for LSAC’s decision.

Final Approval

If review of your supporting documentation results in final approval for your fee waiver application, we will remove the hold from your LSAC file, which will enable your LSAT score to be released. In addition, all applicable, outstanding fees will be waived. Your fee waiver will be valid for two years from the date of LSAC’s conditional approval of the waiver.

Fee Waiver Application Is Denied

If a review of your supporting documentation results in your fee waiver application being denied, the hold will remain on your file if you used the conditionally approved fee waiver for any services. We will bill you for those services for which you registered. You have two options:

  1. Appeal the decision. You may appeal the decision once; appeal decisions are final. The hold will remain on your file while we review your appeal. The review process is usually completed within three weeks after receipt of your supporting documentation.
  2. Pay all applicable, outstanding fees. Once we receive payment, the hold will be removed from your file.

If Your Online Fee Waiver Application Is Denied

You may appeal the decision once; appeal decisions are final. If you choose to appeal, a hold will be placed on your file while we review your supporting documentation. The review process is usually completed within three weeks after receipt of your supporting documentation. Even if your file is on hold, you may proceed to take the LSAT. However, your LSAT score will not be released to you or any law schools until your application is fully approved or, if denied, applicable fees are paid.

This is important. Please note that fees previously paid cannot be waived retroactively, and no refunds will be issued. We encourage you NOT to submit payment while you’re waiting for LSAC's decision.

If your appeal is approved, we will remove the hold from your LSAC file, which will enable your LSAT score to be released. In addition, all applicable, outstanding fees will be waived. Your fee waiver will be valid for two years from the date of LSAC’s conditional approval of the waiver.

If your appeal is denied, you must pay all applicable, outstanding fees. Once we receive payment, the hold will be removed from your file.

This is important. To submit a fee waiver application, you are required to accept LSAC’s terms and conditions for the fee waiver program.

Fee Waiver FAQs

Why does LSAC offer fee waivers?

LSAC has established a fee waiver program to help avoid denial of 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)
  • Other factors LSAC may consider in its sole discretion to support law school candidates who are financially under-resourced

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.