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How Much Does the SAT Cost?

Written by Shefali Sundram

Updated on: 19 Apr 2024

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The fee for registering for the SAT is $60. This is only for the students who are from the U.S. For students who will take the SAT outside of the United States, they need to pay an extra $43 as a regional fee. So, for such students, the total SAT registration fee is $103.

Additional Registration Fee

Students can opt for some additional services on a chargeable basis. The table below shows all the additional services for which students need to pay additional fees.

Test center fee (for selected locations only)$24Some test centers will charge a test center fee, so if you select any of those centers, you need to pay this fee.
Click here to check the list of test centers that charge this fee.
Change test center$25If you wish to change your test center, then you need to pay this additional fee.
Late registration$30
Free with fee waiver
If you register after the regular deadline but before the late registration deadline, then you need to pay this fee.
Cancel registration fee$25
Free with fee waiver
This fee is for canceling your registration by the change deadline.
Late cancel fee$35
Free with fee waiver
This fee is for canceling your registration after the change deadline.

Additional SAT services & their fee

Score Service Fees

This is the fee charged for score-related services. 

The table below lists all the score services offered by the College Board and service fees.

Scores ServicesFeeDetails
Additional score reports$14 per report
Unlimited free score reports with fee waiver
You need to pay this if you need additional score reports. Your first four score reports are free if you order them within 9 days after the test date.
After 4 score reports, if you need more reports, then you need to pay this fee.
Rush reports$31If you need your SAT scores to be sent faster than regular delivery, then you need to pay this fee.
Usually, rush reports are sent within 1 to 4 business days, excluding weekends and holidays.
Get scores by phone$15 per callSAT scores by call are available at the same as online scores.
You must pay this fee using a credit card at the time of the call.
Archived scores$31When you leave your high school and do not take the test for a year, the College Board archives your previous SAT scores.
To get all those scores, you need to pay this fee.
NOTE: After June of 2024, all the scores before 2005 will no longer be available.

SAT score services & their fee

Note: The above data is retrieved on March 12, 2024, and is subjected to change. Refer College Board’s official website for the latest fee information.

SAT Fee Waiver

The SAT fee waiver is a provision that allows eligible high school students to take the SAT without paying the associated fees.

Your entire registration cost for the SAT will be covered if you are eligible for the SAT fee waiver and register for the SAT using your fee waiver. 

You can get a total of two SAT fee waivers.

Eligibility for the SAT Fee Waiver

If you are a high school student living in the United States or its territories, or if you are a high school student who is attending school outside of the U.S. but is a U.S. citizen, then you may be eligible to get the SAT fee waiver.

As per the College Board’s official eligibility criteria, to be eligible, you must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  1. You are enrolled (or eligible to participate) in the Federal National School Lunch Program (NSPL).
  2. You are enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from families with low income, such as Federal TRIO programs like Upward Bound.
  3. Your family is receiving public assistance.
  4. You are homeless or live in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home.
  5. You are an orphan or a ward of the state.
  6. Your annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines as per the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

Income Eligibility Guidelines as per the USDA Food and Nutrition Service 2023-24

Total Number of Family MembersTotal Annual Income
More than 6$74,518 along with $9,509 for each additional family member

Note: Total number of family members includes the filer. If a student stays in foster care, then he will be considered as a single family member.

How to Apply For the SAT Fee Waiver?

To apply for a SAT fee waiver, you must start by speaking to your college counselor regarding your eligibility as the College Board sends the fee waivers to the high school counselors.

For home-schooled students, they need to contact a local high school counselor to get the fee waiver, if they are eligible.

Then, your counselor will give you a form to fill out and also give you a fee waiver code (if you are eligible). To prove your eligibility for the fee waiver, you need to provide necessary documents like the tax records of enrollment in any kind of aid program.

Once you are proven to be officially eligible for the SAT fee waiver, then while doing the SAT registration, you need to fill in the following information:

  • 12-digit SAT fee waiver code
  • Name of your counselor
  • Eligibility criteria as per which you get eligible for the SAT fee waiver

Apart from the above information, you also need to fill in the basic information like your personal details, adding your picture, and selecting your exam date and location. 

You need to sign in to your College Board account and click on ‘My SAT’. Then, under ‘Got a fee waiver code’, you need to enter the 12-digit fee waiver code.

Once you fill all the above information, then you are all set and successfully registered for the SAT.

What Does the SAT Fee Waiver Cover?

If you get an SAT fee waiver, then you will get some benefits along with it. The SAT fee waiver will cover the following things:

  1. Full cost of your SAT registration. Your total cost for SAT registration can be completely covered twice as you can get two SAT fee waivers.
  2. Regional fee while registering, if you are a U.S. resident but taking the SAT exam outside of the United States.
  3. Late registration fees, if you are in U.S. or U.S. territories.
  4. You get unlimited SAT score reports for sending to colleges which can be ordered at any time. Regardless of using an SAT fee waiver, every student gets four free SAT score reports to be sent to college. So, if you use an SAT fee waiver, then you get unlimited SAT score reports.

What Does the SAT Fee Waiver Not Cover?

Out of the two SAT fee waivers you get, you can use only one fee waiver at a time for registering. If you have applied for a fee waiver for an SAT exam and some reason you miss that exam, you will have to use another fee waiver. 

The same fee waiver cannot be used twice. 

Your SAT registration fee cannot be refunded if you have already registered and realized later that you were eligible for the SAT fee waiver.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the SAT fee waiver available for international students?

The SAT fee waiver is available for international students only if they live in the U.S. or are taking their exam in the U.S. or U.S. territories.

For which grade students is the SAT Fee waiver applicable?

Does the SAT fee waiver cover late registration?

The SAT fee waiver covers the late registration fee if you stay or take the exam in the U.S. or are taking their exam in the U.S. or U.S. territories.

How many SAT fee waivers can you get?

You can get a total of two SAT fee waivers.

Why is my SAT fee waiver not working?

There can be multiple reasons why your SAT fee waiver not working, like

  • You do not meet the eligibility requirements
  • Your SAT fee waiver request form was denied
  • You already have the SAT fee waiver benefits, etc.

Do SAT fee waivers expire?

No, the SAT fee waiver code does not expire.


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