Frequently Asked Questions on the SAT Fee Waiver

In the process of searching for the right college, there are many little expenses that crop up along the way. When added up, these small fees can be bend household budgets and put another financial burden hard working students and parents.

But some fees are avoidable. The SAT Fee Waiver is one of them.

So much of students and parents’ attention to the SAT exam is focused on test performance that they overlook the fact that they can take it for free.

Here’s a highlight of the SAT Fee Waiver’s biggest features.

Q:  What is the SAT Fee Waiver?

A:  The SAT Fee Waiver is exactly what it sounds like it is. It’s an exemption from the SAT Exam fee.

If you meet the waiver’s qualifications, you will be given a 12-digit code that you enter on your SAT registration.

After entering the code, proceed with the registration as usual and you’ll be absolved of the costs.

Q:  How much will the SAT Waiver save me?

A:  The SAT Fee is usually between the $45 to $50 range.

Most people don’t bat an eye to pay it because the SAT score is so important to the college application process.

Most people take the SAT exam at least twice and also the SAT Subject Test to practice.


Q: Can this waiver more than once?

A:  The SAT Waiver can be used up to a total of four times – up to twice for the SAT exam and up to three times for the SAT Subject Tests – saving you as much as $200.

As early as your freshman year of high school, you can begin using the waiver for SAT Subject Tests.

But here’s what make that savings far more valuable…

The average cost of application fees as of 2012 was $37.88 (not including online applications), according to U.S. News and World Report.

Saving as much as $200 – all while working to improve your SAT scores – will afford you the money and ability to apply to up to five additional schools. You reach will be further, as are your possibilities.

That’s a tangible way to put you in a better position to going to the schools on the top of your wish list.

Q:  Where can I get a can an application for a SAT Exam Waiver?

A:  See your guidance counselor to find out if you qualify for a SAT Fee Waiver and find out how you can apply for a waiver.

To your college funding & admissions success,

Scott Weingold

Co-Founder, College Planning Network LLC

Publisher, – The free educational resource of College Planning Network


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Editor's Note: Scott Weingold has been ranked the #1 “College Financial Aid Expert Worth Knowing About” in the entire country by  He has co-authored the book, “The Real Secret To Paying For College. The Insider’s Guide To Sending Your Child To College – Without Spending Your Life’s Savings.” Scott also publishes a popular free online newsletter, “College Funding Made Simple" which reveals insider’s tips, methods, and strategies for beating the high cost of college.

Scott is the co-founder and a principal of the widely renown College Planning Network, LLC – the nation’s largest and most reputable college admissions and financial aid planning firm. CPN is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, the National Association of College Funding Advisors, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Scott, along with his college funding advisory team, helps thousands of families throughout the country with their college planning needs and offers a series of free educational webinars and workshops on “How To Pay For College Without Going Broke In The Process!” He's been featured or mentioned in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Yahoo News,, Voice America with Ron Adams, Crains Cleveland Business, and on Cleveland Connection with James McIntyre.  Scott has published numerous articles and is a professional speaker who has addressed thousands of audiences online and offline throughout the United States.  His actionable insights and candid, open approach have earned him & his team numerous media interviews, citations, and speaking opportunities, and his free online video workshop is one of the Internet’s most widely viewed pieces in the college funding space.