I know you have some questions regarding SAT waivers and I’m hoping this blog post will explain a few things.
So, starting this year College Board, the company responsible for the SAT, is re-configuring the fee waiver system to make it a bit more easier for students who are truly in need of a fee waiver. Before I get into the details, let’s cover the basics.
Cost of the Exam:
- $47.50 without the essay
- $64.50 with the essay
Fee waiver basics:
- Fee waivers are only available to juniors & seniors.
- Fee waivers cover the following:
- 2 free SATs, with or without the essay
- 6 free SAT Subject Tests
- 2 free Question-and-Answer Service (QAS) or Student Answer Service (SAS) reports
What is changing with the fee waiver process?
- Fee waivers are only going to be students who are identified as economically disadvantaged.
- Fee waivers will be applied to your student account on College Board.
How do I know if I’m economically disadvantaged?
- When you completed pre-registration at your home school, you went through a variety of tables like “ID Card Station, Migrant Status Station, Nurse Station, etc…” You also went through a station called “Family Income Station.” If your family didn’t complete the information at this station or skipped this station, then you were automatically coded “not economically disadvantaged.”
- If you did complete the station, you family indicated their household income and if it met the federal guidelines for this area, you qualify. Typically a household of 4 with a total family income of $33,000 – $45,000 will be coded to qualify.
I’m confident I meet the above mentioned criteria, what do I do next?
- So, the home schools will run a report of who is coded economically disadvantaged and send it to College Board along with the payment for the SAT March School Day test.
- College Board will then get the list and automatically apply a fee waiver on your account. You be receiving an email to your account – the one that is registered under your College Board account.
- This process will take 2-3 weeks once it is received by College Board.
I’m pretty confident, I don’t meet the above mentioned criteria, what do I do next?
- You can register for the exam as your please and you will be required to pay for the exam.
May 4th SAT administration registration questions.
- If I get my fee waiver applied to my College Board account after the registration deadline of April 5th, but before April 24 late registration, will I still be able to use the waiver and will a fee be applied?
- Yes, you can use the waiver and no, a fee will not be applied.
If you have any more questions, please send me a Remind, email, or drop by the college center!