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SAT Fee Waiver | Details & Eligibility Criteria

SAT Fee Waiver | Details & Eligibility Criteria

How to get a SAT fee waiver?

If taking the SAT is putting a financial strain in your family, the College Board is kind enough to allow a fee waiver on the SAT. The SAT fee waiver is available to low income 11th and 12th grade students. Students from grade 9-12 can also access SAT subject test fee waivers.

What does the SAT fee waiver cover?

The SAT fee waiver covers the following:

  • Registration fee for up to two SATs with or without the essay,
  • Registration fee for two SAT subject tests
  • Four score reports with limited time and four to use any time
  • Four college application fee waivers
  • Fee reduction for multiple choice and essay score verification
  • Question and Answer Service (QAS) or Student Answer Service (SAS) if opted for during registration
  • SAT essay if you are a SAT school day tester whose school or district covers only SAT but supports essay testing
  • Non-US regional fee for eligible students testing abroad

You cannot avail of fee waivers if you miss the deadline for registration and are waitlisted. Also, if you change your registration, your change of $28 will not be covered. However, you don’t have to pay anything if you change your decision on taking the SAT with essay.

Are you eligible for a SAT fee waiver?

Apart from low-income 11th and 12th grade students, you will be eligible for SAT fee waiver if you fulfil any of the following conditions:

  • Your family income is within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service
  • You are eligible or enrolled in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • You are enrolled in other federal or state program that supports low-income families
  • You receive public assistance
  • You are homeless or live in federally subsidized public housing
  • Orphan or a ward of the state

How to get a SAT fee waiver?

If you fulfil the criteria mentioned above, your school counsellor will give you a form. You can also take the help of an authorized community-based organization. You will have to provide documents such as proof of eligibility and tax records.

During registration, you will have to fill in the 12-digit SAT fee waiver code, name of the high school counsellor (or organization) and the way you qualified for the waiver.

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If you are planning to apply for a SAT fee waiver, you should remember that you will get only two free attempts. Make sure you are well prepared before taking on the SAT. Take a lot of practice tests to make sure you are confident going into the exam. Learn about the eligibility well in advance and prepare all the documents needed for the SAT fee waiver. Also, make sure that you know the total costs of taking the SAT so that your family can plan the finances in advance.



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