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How to get an SAT fee waiver

Eligible high school juniors and seniors can do more than just take the SAT for free.

The SAT is a necessary evil — but that doesn’t make it affordable. An SAT fee waiver could help make the SAT easier on your wallet, but that’s not all it can help you save on.

How to get an SAT fee waiver

Fee waivers aren’t directly available for students. Instead, you’ll need to request one from your school guidance counselor. If you’re eligible, your counselor will set you up with the waiver and provide instructions on how to register for the SAT.

You can also request fee waivers from community-based organizations.

Am I eligible for an SAT fee waiver?

Fee waivers for the SAT are available to low-income students in 11th or 12th grade. Fee waivers for the SAT subject test are available for students in 9th through 12th grade.

You’re eligible if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Enrolled or eligible to enroll in the National School Lunch Program
  • Enrolled in a federal, state or local program that helps students from low-income families
  • Receive public assistance for yourself or a family member
  • Meet the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA
  • Live in federally subsidized public housing
  • Live in a foster home or are homeless
  • Are an orphan or ward of the state

What does the SAT fee waiver cover?

The SAT fee waiver covers much more than just an exam.

Free tests

  • 2 free SAT exams with or without the essay portion taken during grades 11 or 12
  • 6 free subject tests taken from grades 9 to 12

Free or discounted score reports

  • 2 free SAT question-and-answer service or answer service reports
  • Unlimited score reports to college admissions offices
  • Fee reduction for score verification reports
  • No non-US regional fees for free tests
  • No late registration fees for free tests

College benefits

  • No application fee at participating colleges
  • Free CSS Profile

A full breakdown of SAT costs

What doesn’t the fee waiver cover?

The SAT fee waiver won’t cover the costs of changing your registration. You’ll still pay the normal fee for changing your test center or the date you plan on taking the SAT.

Getting your scores delivered early by phone will also cost the same amount as if you didn’t have the waiver.

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Bottom line

SAT tests and fees in addition to college application fees can start to add up fast. With a fee waiver, you’ll be able to take advantage of multiple benefits to reduce the cost — making it that much easier to plan for college. You can learn more about other costs of applying to college with our guide.

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