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App fee waiver [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2004, 20:50
Does getting an application fee waiver, work against you in considering you for an actual admission ?

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Hi [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2004, 09:20
This is an interesting thought....i guess statistics on this count would be very useful.
On hindsight - it also depends on how one secures application fee waiver. For some institutes which gives the application fee waiver on their own - i thought the exactly opposite should be true...people getting application fee waiver would have higher chances of getting admitted.

I read Emory's admission head stating (in one of the chats) that 40% of above 700 scorers get dinged. This also means that 60% of 700+ applying at Emory get accepted which is much higher than their overall acceptance rate....

The argument here is - assuming that application fee waiver normally goes to students with high GMAT and GPA combination, their likelihood of being admitted should be higher....

Isnt it?
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2004, 17:33
I've heard of schools sending fee waivers to long shot candidates to inflate the rejection rate but this is not the same as saying that taking advantage of the fee waiver had any effect on the acceptance rate of students who took advantage of them. Indeed, they would have enjoyed a low probability of success whether they used the waiver or not.

I would love to see the logic behind reducing the admissions chances of candidates that your school recruited because they seemed like viable candidates and thus you wanted to encourage them to apply by sending a waiver.

Since the attributes of those who receive waivers are often quite strong, it is reasonable that they would have a higher acceptance rate (again, not because of the waiver per se, but because waiver status would be dependent on high standing on admissions attributes).

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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2004, 00:47
The reason why I am asking this question is - I got app fee waiver from one of the top B-schools and am just wondering if that would be a negative aspect because they might think twice about my financial constraints before giving me the admission...

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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2004, 10:08
I suppose it is possible that schools would judge students in this manner but your scenario would seem more credible if you had actively solicited the waiver from the school.

Schools generally grant waivers to students who are desired in one sense or another e.g. high academic factors or sought after demographic characteristics.

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