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SAT Fee Waiver 2023: How to Get it as an International Student?

Yocket Editorial Team

The Scholastic Assessment Test is a standardised test that is widely accepted by universities all around the world. It measures students' academic skills and knowledge and consists of 3 areas of study: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.

You can appear for the test in March, May, June, August, October, and December. The test is three hours long with the highest possible score being 1600. The SAT is a globally recognised test which means that your SAT score is accepted by colleges worldwide in various countries like the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia. Indian universities also accept SAT scores but only those which come under the alliance with the College Board. You can find out more about which colleges accept SAT scores on Yocket.

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What is the SAT Fee Waiver?

If you have financial problems and are not able to afford to take the test, then  SAT fee waivers are the perfect solution for you. If you fit into the eligibility criteria of the SAT fee waiver, then you do not have to pay for the registration as it covers the full cost of registration for the SAT.

What Does the Fee Waiver Include?

The basic fee structure of the SAT is as follows:

  • The SAT exam with test subjects costs $52.
  • SAT exams with an essay cost $68.

If, in any case, you miss the deadline, you have to pay a penalty fee of $30, and the waitlist fee is $53. These are the standard prices of the SATs, according to the College Board.

Know all about SAT Exam fees here.

How to get SAT Fee Waiver for International Students?

You can get an SAT fee waiver as an International student if you are a student in classes 11 or 12 with financial problems. You can also check the general eligibility criteria for the SAT on Yocket.

You must also meet the following criteria regarding the income of your family to be eligible for the SAT fee waiver as an International student:

  • If you are a participant in a free or reduced-price school lunch program.
  • If your annual family income is below the USDA's minimum and maximum guidelines for food and nutrition.
  • If you are in a program that is designed for students from low-income families on a national, state, or local level
  • If you are homeless or live in housing funded by the government.
  • If you are an orphan or a part of the state-designated ward.
  • Family size was sometimes considered in the eligibility determination, with larger families often having higher income thresholds.

SAT fee waiver for Indian students

You are eligible to get the SAT fee waiver if you are in classes 9 through 12. Also,  if your annual family income is less than INR 8 lakhs, it makes you eligible. And, of course, you must be a citizen of India

Process for getting a SAT Fee waiver

The first step would be to check if you are eligible for the fee waiver. Once it is confirmed that you are, it is an easy process. Here it is:

Step 1: Talk to your school counsellor about your wish to apply for the SAT fee waiver. They will guide you through the process and help you complete all the paperwork required.

Step 2: You will receive the SAT fee waiver form. Complete it and then you have to get it signed by both you and your counsellor. 

Step 3: Fill out all the information required on the fee waiver form. This will include personal details, family income information, and other such questions related to your fee waiver eligibility. 

Step 4: You will be required to provide necessary documentation to confirm that you are eligible for the SAT fee waiver. This will include your proof of income, verificationthat you have participated in government assistance programs, or documentation of special circumstances, such as being homeless or a ward of the state.

Step 5: Return the completed fee waiver form along with any supporting documentation back to your school counsellor.

Step 6: Once your SAT fee waiver application is approved at the school level, you will receive SAT fee waiver codes. These codes are what will get you the fee waiver. These need to be used during the online SAT registration process to waive the SAT registration fee.

How to register for SAT fee waiver?

When registering, you can register for the SAT by entering the SAT fee waiver code.

After receiving your SAT fee waiver code, go to the official website of the College Board and make an account there. During the time of your registration, you can enter the SAT fee waiver codes provided by your school counselor. This will waive the SAT registration fee. Then, you will be asked to choose your preferred SAT date and testing center locations. Choose the ones that are convenient for you. Provide all the required information, including personal and high school information.

Benefits of the SAT fee waiver

Receiving an SAT fee waiver offers several significant benefits to you if you fit the eligibility criteria. These benefits are there in order to reduce the burden of the financial problems that may prevent you from taking the SAT exam and further pursuing your education. 

The most immediate and helpful benefit, though, is the waiver of the SAT registration fee. Without the fee waiver, students would have to pay the full cost of registering for the SAT exam which also includes the SAT exam fee. 


The SAT fee waiver program is an essential initiative in breaking down financial barriers and promoting equality in the field of higher education. It aims to provide equal opportunities to everyone and ensures that financial problems do not take away your chance of having quality higher education.

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