SAT Fee Waivers

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If you're eligible for a fee waiver, you can take the SAT or SAT Subject Tests™ for free and get other benefits that help you apply to college.

Viewing Your Fee Waiver Benefits

Students with SAT fee waivers can sign in and view their full set of fee waiver benefits.

You'll see your benefits and what you have left if:

  • You've already used an SAT fee waiver for tests during or after October 2014.
  • You took the SAT on a school day during or after October 2017 and already accepted your full set of fee waiver benefits.
  • You enter a 12-digit fee waiver code when registering for upcoming tests.

How to Get a Fee Waiver

If you think you’re eligible, your school counselor or a representative of an authorized community-based organization will help you get a fee waiver.

If you're homeschooled, you can get fee waivers by contacting a local high school counselor. Just provide proof of eligibility, such as tax records or proof of enrollment in an aid program like those listed below.

How to Register Using a Fee Waiver

If you're registering online, enter the following information:

  • The 12-digit fee waiver code
  • The name of a high school counselor or another authorized person
  • The way you qualified for the waiver

If you're registering by mail with a fee waiver card, make sure it includes this information and send it along with your paper registration form. Be sure to complete the fee waiver information in the form's Payment Information field. Incomplete cards or forms will be mailed back to you unprocessed.

If you've already used a fee waiver code, or taken the PSAT/NMSQT or SAT on a school day and accepted fee waiver benefits, you'll see a dashboard with your available benefits.

What Fee Waivers 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; not available for Subject Tests

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. Learn more about QAS and SAS.

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 test, you'll have to pay for that. You also have to pay for rush scores, or to receive your scores by phone.

Are You Eligible?

Fee waivers for SAT Subject Tests are available to eligible high school students in grades 9–12 in the U.S. or U.S. territories. U.S. citizens living outside the U.S. may be able to have test fees waived.

Fee waivers for the SAT are available to eligible 11th and 12th graders in the U.S. or U.S. territories. U.S. citizens living outside the U.S. may be able to have test fees waived.

You're eligible for fee waivers if you say "yes" to any of these items:

  • 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.

Send Your Scores—For Free

It's worth repeating: Every student who uses an SAT fee waiver can send scores to as many colleges as they want for free.


SAT Fee Waivers Student Brochure (.pdf/182 KB)

SAT Fee Waivers Student Brochure—Spanish (.pdf/209 KB)

SAT Fee Waiver Checklist (.pdf/129 KB)