Fee Waivers


  • Foster care youth are 100% eligible for ACT fee waivers. Funds are limited, however, and once they have been exhausted, requests for waivers will be denied.
  • Students who receive SAT fee waivers are eligible for up to four Request for Waiver of College Application Fee forms.

ACT vs. SAT

When deciding whether to take the ACT, the SAT or both, the most important factor that you should consider is: "What are the requirements of the college(s) you're applying to?"

To meet application deadlines, you’ll need to have taken the SAT or ACT by early in your senior year. Also, if you took the ACT or SAT in your junior year but aren’t happy with your scores, the fall of senior year is your last chance to try again.

  • The SATexam has three parts: Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing. The scores from each section can range from 200 to 800, so the best possible total score is 2400. The average score for each section is roughly 500, so the average total score is about 1500.

  • The ACT exam has four parts: English Language, Reading, Mathematics and Science. Each category receives a score between 1 (lowest) and 36 (highest). Those four scores are then averaged to generate the composite score used by most colleges. The average composite score is roughly a 20. That is, about 50% of test-takers score below a 20.