College Application Fee Waivers

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Every income-eligible senior who takes the SAT or SAT Subject Test using a fee waiver will receive four free college application fee waivers directly from the College Board, which they can use to apply to over 2,000 participating colleges and universities. Additionally, as part of the College Board’s Access to Opportunity initiative, select students will receive college application fee waivers.

This initiative recognizes and builds on the long-standing policies of our higher education partners 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 the SAT fee waivers page for complete guidelines.

How to Get a College Application Fee Waiver


Eligible students who have taken the SAT can access their fee waivers from their College Board accounts. The waivers will be available when SAT scores are delivered.

Juniors who are eligible and have taken the SAT will receive their fee waivers in the fall of their senior year. 

In the Mail

A select group of eligible students will receive mailed fee waivers through the College Board’s Access to Opportunity Realize Your College Potential program.

From Counselors

The College Board sends a limited supply of college application fee waivers to high school counselors 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 directly 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 the list of participating schools to ensure that it will be accepted. Colleges that cooperate with the SAT Fee-Waiver Service are not required to waive their application fees, and some may request additional information before considering or honoring  the waiver.

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