The specific volumes of molten Pd40Ni40P20, Pd77Cu6.5Si16.5, Pd82Si18, and Ni80P20, which are all glass formers, and were measured near the liquidus. It was found that the ratio α/Tg, where α is the thermal expansion coefficient and Tg is the glass transition temperature, remains fairly constant for all these systems. The scaling follows from the fact that with a larger thermal expansion coefficient, the free volume of the molten system would be squeezed out faster resulting in a larger Tg. This scaling behavior also allows us to roughly predict the glass transition temperature of a glass forming system. The glass forming ability can also be predicted by a parameter defined as α/T1. © 1995 American Institute of Physics.