Eligible juniors can take the PSAT/NMSQT for free.
- Fee waivers are for low-income 11th-graders taking the PSAT/NMSQT.
- Schools, not students, request fee waivers.
- You are no longer required to order fee waivers for eligible students you plan on testing prior to test day.
- Login to the test ordering site after test day to apply fee waivers for eligible students.
- There are no fee waivers for the PSAT 10 or PSAT 8/9.
Eleventh graders who qualify for or are enrolled in the NSLP are eligible. Students in areas covered by the Community Eligibility Provision must qualify on an individual basis. The PSAT/NMSQT and SAT have the same fee waiver criteria.
Eleventh graders qualify for fee waivers if any of the following statements is true:
- Their family's annual income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service. View the USDA's Income Eligibility Guidelines.
- They're enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound). PSAT/NMSQT coordinators responsible for requesting fee waivers should work with the individuals coordinating these programs to ensure that sufficient quantities of fee waivers are requested by the deadline.
- Their family receives public assistance.
- They're homeless or live in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home.
- They're a ward of the state or an orphan.
Home-Schooled and International Students
The guidelines listed above also apply to:
- Home-schooled students
- United States citizens who are living abroad and will be testing outside the U.S.
- Nationals of countries other than the U.S. who live and test in the United States or U.S. territories