SAT Fee Waivers for College Applications

These small fees can add up and put a dent in your wallet during the college search.  But you may be eligible to bypass them altogether.  Here’s how…
When applying to college – or more accurately, several colleges — saving a few bucks here and there is more than a little important.

I’m not talking about tuition, room and board, books, etc. I’m strictly referring to the actual application process itself.

Because – believe it or not – getting your child’s grades and test scores in order and sending off those applications can actually be a rather pricey process.

There is, however, a way to cut some of those costs considerably.

There are a bunch of miscellaneous fees that you can sidestep with the right know-how.  These are fees that, by themselves, may not sound like a lot, but when totaled up can turn into a healthy chunk of change.

So, here are a few of those fees you can avoid.

SAT Program Fee Waiver:

The fee to take the SATs is usually around $45 when it’s all said and done.

If you can’t afford the fee (and your child takes the test multiple times, this can really add up), then you may be eligible to request a SAT fee waiver from your high school’s guidance office.

Proof of eligibility is required to receive the waiver. If you qualify for free or reduced-fee school lunches, or if your total household income is below a certain level, this is usually a pretty good indicator that you can have the SAT fee waived.

When you qualify you’ll receive an SAT fee waiver card with a 12-digit code on it. When you register for the test by mail or e-mail, just include the code in the appropriate spot on the registration form. It is as easy as that.

You can request up to four waivers per student.  The waivers will cover the registration fee for a single test date and up to three SAT subject tests. You can begin using them as early freshman year and up until graduation.

College Application Fee Waiver:

If you’re eligible for the SAT fee waiver, you’ll also qualify for the college application fee waiver as well.

The fee to file a college application can be up to $50 apiece (I’ve seen even higher, as much as $90 in the Ivy Leagues), so it pays to check if you qualify to avoid these costs.

The process works almost identically to the SAT fee waiver program. You request the waiver form from the high school guidance office. The waivers will allow you to apply to up to four schools free of charge.

It’s important, however, to contact schools prior to applying to find out if they accept the fee waiver.  Not all do. You then must mail the form directly to the admissions office of the school to which your child is applying.

Taking the time to check with your student’s guidance office as to whether or not you’re eligible to have these fees waived is well worth it.

If you use all four SAT and application fee waivers, you could save yourself around $400 off the total cost of the college process. That’s enough to purchase several text books or even a decent laptop computer for your future freshman!

Remember to confirm that the school you’re applying to accepts the fee waiver. In order to help you with this, I’ll be back soon with a listing of some major schools that do just that. So be on the lookout in the next few days.

To Your Successful College Search,

Scott Weingold


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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.