Penn State Waives Application Fee

Three guesses as to why...

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 18, 2011 9:17 AM CST

(Newser) – Penn State's School of Law on Wednesday informed a number of prospective students that they wouldn't have to fork over the $60 application fee—and many are wondering about the timing of the move, the Daily Beast reports. "Congratulations," reads the email. "Your application fee has been waived." The note references the Jerry Sandusky scandal: "No doubt you have seen recent headlines regarding Penn State," it reads. "Penn State’s new president is dedicated to restoring the trust of all people Penn State serves."

The email goes on to say the fee has been ditched "to make it easier for you to apply." The dean of admissions says the offer had nothing to do with the sex abuse case, saying such an offer is "standard practice" and "timed to arrive shortly after" the October LSAT results are sent to would-be law school students. Applicants aren’t so sure. The Daily Beast recounts the similar responses of two email recipients: "Just got an email from Penn State encouraging me to apply to their law school and giving me an application waver. HAHA. gotta be kidding me," tweeted one. Tweeted another, "Hahahaha Penn State just sent me a fee waiver to apply to their law school. #nothappening."

Fans watch a Penn State game.
Fans watch a Penn State game.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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