College Application Fee Waivers

College Application Fee Waivers

Every income-eligible senior who takes the SAT or SAT Subject Tests using a fee waiver will receive four college application fee waivers (CAFWs) directly from the College Board, beginning in the 2014-15 academic year. These fee waivers will be delivered to eligible students who can use them to apply to any of the over 2,000 participating colleges. This new initiative is made possible thanks to the commitment of colleges across the country to ensure that application fees are not a barrier, and fee waivers are an important part of our efforts to propel low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students into the educational opportunities they have earned.

College Application Fee-Waiver Distribution

College application fee waivers will be distributed electronically to eligible students. Because students who take the SAT using a fee waiver have already had their eligibility verified by their counselor, CAFWs do not require additional counselor approval. Eligible students will receive notification of their CAFWs and be able to access them via their SAT accounts. Here is how it will work for different populations of students:

  • Eligible students in the class of 2015 who tested during the 2013-14 academic year will receive their CAFWs online by September 2014.
  • Seniors testing for the first time during 2014-15 will receive CAFWs at the same time they receive their SAT test scores — typically 19 days after the test date.
  • Students from the class of 2016 and the class of 2017 who test with an SAT fee waiver will receive CAFWs at the beginning of their senior year.

Student Eligibility Conditions

These are the student eligibility conditions for use of CAFWs from the College Board (online or backup paper forms):

  • The student meets one or more of the eligibility criteria for using an SAT fee waiver and may use up to four CAFWs from the College Board.
  • The student has taken at least one SAT or SAT Subject Test with a fee waiver, or has taken an SAT that was paid for by his or her state or school district (see note below).
  • The student is applying for admission to college during the 2015-16 academic year.

Note: Starting in 2014-15 academic year, SAT School Day participants who are eligible for fee waivers may receive SAT School Day fee-waiver cards from their counselors to use in ordering their four free additional score reports. Once they use the fee-waiver card to order the reports online, these students will receive the CAFWs directly, just as other fee-waiver users do. Cards will be delivered to schools approximately two weeks prior to each SAT School Day administration.

On the SAT Counselor Registration Report, counselors will be able to see which students test using an SAT fee waiver, and therefore, will be able to determine which students will receive four college application fee waivers online. Note that only fee-waiver users who actually take a test will receive the online CAFWs. Access the SAT Counselor Registration Report and enter the username and password. If you are a first-time user, you will need to provide your school access code, which the College Board mails to your school in August. To access the student-level data, please refer to the Student Detail report.

How Students Will Access Their CAFWs Online

Eligible seniors will access their CAFW forms through a link in their online College Board accounts. See a sample online form.

All fee-waiver users will be able to search for participating colleges to send their CAFWs to, using a button on the college application fee-waiver screen. They can search by institution location or name. Students can also visit the SAT website to learn more about eligibility and to download the PDF version of the Fee-Waiver Directory of Colleges (Note that they can use the 2013 version of the directory until the 2014 version is posted later this summer).

Terms of Use

Participating colleges have agreed to consider waiving their application fees. Colleges may have specific fee-waiver policies or criteria, and they retain the final decision on whether to waive the application fee. College application fee-waivers should not be used for applications to colleges that are not listed in the directory.

CAFW forms are not intended for waiver of test fees for either the SAT or SAT Subject Tests.


If you need additional CAFW materials during the school year, please call the SAT Educator Help Line at 888-SAT-HELP (728-4357).

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