What’s an SAT Fee Waiver?

If eligible, an SAT Fee Waiver can cover many of the costs associated with the SAT. Read on to check them out.

Am I eligible for an SAT Fee Waiver?

SAT fee waivers are available to low-income 11th and 12th grade students in the U.S. or U.S. territories. U.S. citizens living outside the country may be able to have test fees waived. SAT Subject Test fee waivers are available for students in grades 9–12.

You’re eligible for fee waivers if you say “yes” to any of the following:

  • You’re enrolled in or eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
  • Your annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
  • You’re enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., Federal TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
  • Your family receives public assistance.
  • You live in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home, or are homeless.
  • You are a ward of the state or an orphan.

What does an SAT Fee Waiver cover?

Free Tests and Feedback

  • 2 free SATs, with or without the essay
  • 6 free SAT Subject Tests
  • 2 free Question-and-Answer Service (QAS) or Student Answer Service (SAS) reports

Free College Benefits

Other Benefits

  • Fee reductions for score verification reports
  • No non-U.S. regional fees for free tests (if you’re a U.S. student testing abroad)
  • No late registration fees for free tests (if you’re in the U.S. or U.S. territories)

Additional Details

  • You can take your free SATs in grades 11–12.
  • You can take Subject Tests in grades 9–12. You can take your free Subject Tests during 2 registrations, where you can schedule up to 3 tests each time.
  • Depending on when you take the SAT, your free QAS or SAS reports will include your test’s questions and answers, or just your answers. These reports aren’t available for Subject Tests.

What doesn’t an SAT Fee Waiver cover?

What Fee Waivers Don’t Cover

Even if you have a fee waiver, it doesn’t cover some of the costs for changing your registration. For example, if you want to change your test center, or the date you’re taking the SAT, you’ll have to pay for that. You also have to pay for rush scores, or to receive your scores by phone.

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This information is provided by the College Board on their website, and is subject to change at their discretion.

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