Do the College Board and ACT organizations offer fee waivers?
What do they cover?
How can I help the students I work with obtain one?
Yes! Both the College Board and ACT offer fee waivers for eligible students. Eligibility requirements are basically the same for each. The student seeking a waiver must be:
1) In high school (for ACT, the student must be a junior or senior);
2) Testing in the United States or Puerto Rico; or, if testing internationally, the student must be a US citizen;
3) Be able to provide evidence they cannot afford to pay the registration fee.
Fee waivers for the SAT or ACT cover registration costs for the exams. Students who utilize the testing waivers may also be eligible to receive waivers for college application fees.
Students may obtain waivers from their high school counselor.
While the basics for each testing company are the same, some of the specifics differ. So, for the most up-to-date and accurate information, students should consult the following resources:
For SAT and SAT Subject Tests:
For the ACT Test: