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College Application Fee Waivers

Beginning this August, every income-eligible senior who takes the SAT or SAT Subject Test using a fee waiver will receive four college application fee waivers from the College Board (see sample) which may be used to apply to 2,000 participating colleges. Additionally, as part of the College Board’s Access to Opportunity initiative, select students will receive college application fee waivers.

These initiatives recognize and build on the long-standing policies of our partner colleges to ensure that application fees are not a barrier for low-income students in applying to and enrolling in college.


Students who qualify for SAT fee waivers are eligible to receive college application fee waivers.

Visit SAT fee waivers for complete guidelines.

How to Get a College Application Fee Waiver


Eligible students in the class of 2015 who tested during the 2013-14 academic year can access fee waivers from My SAT at the beginning of their senior year.

Seniors testing for the first time during 2014-15 will receive college application fee waivers when they receive their SAT test scores online — typically 19 days after the test date.

In the Mail

In fall 2014, a select group of eligible students will receive fee waivers or fee waiver information in the mail in packets labeled Realize Your College Potential or Apply to 4 or More™.

From Counselors

The College Board has sent a limited supply of college application fee waivers to high school counselors this fall as a backup, to be distributed to eligible students in case they have not received fee waivers from the College Board for any reason. Before distributing, counselors should check with each eligible student to ensure that they have not already received college application fee waivers from the College Board.

Using College Application Fee Waivers

To have a college application fee waived, students must submit their fee waiver to the college they are applying to (NOT to the College Board).

Most colleges and universities define eligibility for a college application fee waiver as being eligible for or having received a fee waiver for a test such as the SAT or an SAT Subject Test, participating in the National School Lunch Program, or receiving public assistance.

Before using a fee waiver, students should check to see if the college will accept it. Colleges that cooperate with the SAT Fee-Waiver Service are not obligated to waive their application fees, and some may require additional information before considering or granting a college application fee waiver.

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