PSAT/NMSQT Fee Waivers

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Eligible juniors can take the PSAT/NMSQT for free.

Quick Facts

  • Fee waivers are for low-income 11th-graders taking the PSAT/NMSQT.
  • Schools, not students, request fee waivers.
  • Fee waivers might not be available after the June ordering deadline.
  • There are no fee waivers for the PSAT 10 or PSAT 8/9.

How to Request Fee Waivers

PSAT/NMSQT coordinators request fee waivers on the test ordering site.

Order early and estimate carefully.

Requesting Additional Fee Waivers

Schools are allocated a number of fee waivers based on the quantity used the previous year. If you need a higher number of fee waivers, click Request more fee waivers on the test ordering site and provide the percentage of 11th-graders in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the reason for your request.

We'll let you know within two business days if the request is approved or if additional info is needed.

Who’s Eligible

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.

Alternative Eligibility

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