Fee Waivers

Are fees a barrier for you when it comes to testing and applying to college? You may want to see if you qualify for a fee waiver. We offer fee waivers to help lower-income students cover these fees. Students who meet the eligibility requirements can pick up a fee waiver from their counselor in the Guidance Center.
  • COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TESTS (SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT)
  • COLLEGE APPLICATIONS (College Board & NACAC)
  • NCAA (Please go to this tab for information on fee waivers for NCAA)
No matter your financial situation, college is within reach. Attending a four-year college means you'll have more career options in the future. You'll also have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of people, study subjects you love, and uncover your passions and talents. A fee waiver can help you realize your college dreams.


SAT & SAT Subject Tests

High school students in the U.S. or U.S. territories who can't afford to pay test fees may be eligible for SAT fee waivers. Fee waivers can be used for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. U.S. citizens living outside the U.S. may also qualify for a fee waiver. Students must be in 11th or 12th grade to use an SAT fee waiver, or in 9th to 12th grade to use a Subject Test fee waiver. To be eligible, you must meet at least one of the requirements below:

  • Enrollment in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free and Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
  • Annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
  • Enrollment in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g. Federal TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
  • Family receives public assistance.
  • Lives in federally subsidized public housing, a foster home or is homeless.
  • A ward of the state or an orphan.

What does a fee waiver cover?
  • Your SAT fee waiver covers 100% of the registration fees for a single test date.
  • You can use up to two waivers for the SAT and up to two waivers for the SAT Subject Tests™. That's a total of four fee waivers (up to three subject tests per test date).
  • Everyone gets four free score sends with registration. When you use a waiver, you can also send four additional score reports (worth a total of $44) to the colleges of your choice at any time for free.
  • Most colleges charge an application fee. As a fee waiver recipient, you can obtain up to four requests to waive college application fees from your counselor. Many four-year and two-year colleges accept application waivers – view a list of schools that participate in the College Application Fee waiver process. College is totally within your reach, and application waivers can help you get there.
  • Get a $40 discount on The Official SAT Online Course™ when you order it during online registration.
  • Choose either the Question-and-Answer Service or the Student Answer Service (for the SAT only), and get it FREE when you order during registration.

Register for the SAT® using your fee waiver

During registration:
  • Indicate that you are paying with a fee waiver and enter the entire 12-digit code from your fee-waiver card. If you are registering by paper don't forget to enclose the fee-waiver card in the envelope.
  • Consider the online course. We have tons of free practice materials — but if you want more practice, save $40 on The Official SAT Online Course™ when you order it during online registration.
  • Remember to send your scores to colleges!
  • Order either the Question-and-Answer Service or the Student Answer Service.

ACT Tests

If you can't afford the registration fee for the ACT (No Writing) or ACT Plus Writing, you may be eligible for an ACT Fee Waiver. Information about the eligibility requirements and how to request a fee waiver is sent each summer to high schools.

You must meet all of the following requirements:
  • Currently enrolled in high school in the 11th or 12th grade.
  • Either a United States citizen or testing in the U. S., U.S. territories, or Puerto Rico.
  • Meet one or more indicators of economic need listed on the ACT Fee Waiver form.
If you are eligible, you may use a maximum of two separate fee waivers total. The waiver is used once you register, even if you do not test on the requested test date.

IMPORTANT: To take full advantage of the waiver, you must follow through and test on your registered test date.

Fee waivers cover only the basic registration fee for your test option, including up to four college choices (if you provide valid codes when you register). Waivers do not cover the late registration fee, test date or test center changes, standby fee, or any other services.

You cannot request a fee waiver directly from ACT; you must contact your high school counselor. If you receive an ACT Fee Waiver Form, follow the "Student Directions" on it for your registration method (or if requesting Special Testing).

Note: If you register online, and register during the late period or request any additional services, you must enter a credit card to pay those fees before submitting your registration.


College Applications

The NACAC Request for Admission Application Fee Waiver form and SAT® Fee Waiver are mutually exclusive. As such, students who meet the eligibility requirements may use BOTH the NACAC and College Board forms when requesting fee waivers. In other words, students may theoretically use the NACAC form at four (4) colleges and the SAT® College Board Fee Waiver at a maximum of four (4) separate colleges.

College Board Fee Waivers - Four (4) Fee Waivers

If you plan to enter college in the 2013-14 academic year and you have used a fee waiver while in high school for the SAT or SAT Subject Tests, you can ask your counselor for up to four (4) Request for Waiver of College Application Fee forms. You should only send the forms with your college applications, and only to institutions listed in The SAT Fee Waiver Directory of Colleges. The directory is available online collegeboard.org/feewaivers.

NACAC Fee Waiver - Four (4) Fee Waivers

Students who have limited financial resources and meet the requirements below may use the NACAC Request for Application Fee Waiver Form when applying for college. The form helps ensure that access to college is possible for all students. The form is for traditional high school students applying to postsecondary colleges or universities in the fall immediately following high school graduation.

Students are eligible to use the form if:
  • Student has received or is eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver.
  • Student is enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
  • Student's annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
  • Student is enrolled in a federal, state or local program that aids student from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
  • Student's family receives public assistance.
  • Student lives in federally subsidized public housing, a foster home or is homeless.
  • Student is a ward of the state or an orphan. 

Requirements for completing the form:
  • Students must complete the student section in its entirety.
  • The student’s secondary school counselor, independent counselor or TRIO representative must verify that the student is eligible to use the form. 
  • The high school’s raised seal or stamp must be included on the form.
  • The form must be mailed directly to the admission office of the college or university to which the student is seeking admission.
  • How many fee waiver requests may I submit?
  • The Application for Fee Waiver Request Form is intended to be used at the schools to which a student is most interested in attending. NACAC recommends limiting the use of the form to no more than four (4) schools. If the Request for Application Fee Waiver is not accepted by the college or university, the student must pay the application fee. 

Does my school counselor need to sign the fee waiver form?
Yes. A secondary school counselor, Independent Counselor or TRIO representative must verify that the student is qualified to use the form.

Where do I mail the form?
Mail the Fee Waiver Form directly to the admission office of the institution to which you are applying.