Fee Waivers and Reductions

Every child deserves a good education regardless of how much money their family has in the bank. Our test fee waivers and reductions make it easier for students from low-income backgrounds to prepare for and apply to college.

Students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch at school are eligible for fee waivers and reductions, but they may qualify in other ways. To find out if your child qualifies, talk to their school counselor.

SAT Fee Waivers

If your child qualifies for an SAT fee waiver, they can take the SAT for free—twice. They can also take advantage of other benefits, like being able to send their SAT scores to as many colleges as they want—also for free.

After your child uses an SAT fee waiver for the first time, they'll see their remaining fee waiver benefits when they log in to their College Board account.

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PSAT/NMSQT Fee Waivers

Eligible high school juniors can take the PSAT/NMSQT for free with a fee waiver. Talk to your child's school counselor at the end of sophomore year to make sure your child has a fee waiver for the October PSAT/NMSQT test date.

Learn more about PSAT/NMSQT fee waivers.

AP Exam Fee Reductions

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam fee reductions allow your child to take the exams at a discount. Many states offer financial assistance to make it even easier for eligible students to take an AP Exam. To find out what assistance is available, talk to the AP coordinator at your child's school.

Learn more about AP Exam fee reductions.

College Application Fee Waivers

If your child uses a fee waiver to take the SAT, they'll get college application fee waivers automatically delivered to their College Board online account. They don’t have to apply, and they don’t have to talk to anyone. It's that easy.

Fee waivers allow your child to apply for free to over 2,000 U.S. colleges and universities.

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What can my child do with a fee waiver?

College Board test fee waivers let your child take the SAT and the PSAT/NMSQT for free. College application fee waivers, which students automatically qualify for if they use an SAT fee waiver, exempt your child from the college application fee.

Your child may also be able to take advantage of AP Exam fee reductions, which reduce the cost of taking AP Exams. Talk to your child's AP coordinator for more information.

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How do I know if my child qualifies for a fee waiver?

If your child qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch through the National School Lunch Program, they're eligible for any of our fee waivers or reductions. To learn about eligibility, contact your child's school counselor.

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How does my child get a fee waiver?

To get a test fee waiver, your child should contact their school counselor. If your child is homeschooled, they can contact a counselor at a local high school. Counselors distribute fee waivers to eligible students.

College application fee waivers automatically appear in your child’s College Board online account after they use an SAT fee waiver.

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Can my child use a fee waiver for SAT School Day?

No. SAT fee waivers are for weekend testing only. SAT School Day is when the SAT is provided during the regular school day. Schools and districts order SAT School Day and manage their own student registration. If your child qualifies for an SAT fee waiver, they can participate in SAT School Day and still take the SAT two more times during national administrations on weekends.

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