SAT fee waivers let low-income students take the SAT and SAT Subject Tests for free. This service is a tremendous success thanks to educators.
Starting in the 2018-19 school year, schools automatically receive SAT fee waivers based on how many students used them for the first time during the previous testing year. To request additional fee waivers, call the SAT Educator Helpline at 888-SAT-HELP.
Distributing Fee Waivers
School counselors and community-based organizations can help remove the barrier of test fees by distributing fee waivers to students who meet the College Board's eligibility guidelines.
For more information about ordering and receiving fee waivers, go to Fee Waiver FAQs.
Fee Waiver Basics
Get details about who is eligible, what fee waivers cover, and more.
College Application Fee Waivers
The College Board provides college application fee waivers directly to students. Eligible seniors get their college application fee waivers when they get their scores. Eligible juniors will get college application fee waivers in the fall of their senior year.
More Ways to Help
Our research shows that counselors are the most important influence on students' decision to take the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. But research also shows that underrepresented students need more than a fee waiver to make it to test day.
Counselors have suggested these strategies for making sure students don't miss test day:
- Help arrange transportation to the test center.
- Help students prepare for the tests by connecting them to free practice resources. If they’re taking the SAT Subject Tests, send them to About the SAT Subject Tests for free resources. Students taking the SAT can practice for free at Khan Academy®.
- Urge students to research financial aid options. Students with SAT fee waivers can use CSS Profile to apply for financial aid from participating colleges, for free.
- Offer reminders and encouragement.