Learn About the ACT Fee Waiver Program

If you’re having trouble paying for the ACT test fee, and meet the requirements below, talk to your school counselor about how ACT can help.

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What is Included in the ACT Fee Waiver Program?

ACT Test Fees Are Covered

The registration fee for up to two ACT tests, with or without the optional writing test for National testing, is covered. You do not have to pay anything to take the ACT!

Free Learning Resources

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ACT Online Prep

You receive free access to a convenient online test preparation resource—ACT® Online Prep (AOP). Operational on any device, AOP helps prepare you for the test, features real questions from previous tests, and shows your strengths and areas for improvement.
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ACT Rapid Review—All Access

In addition, you will receive free access to ACT® Rapid Review™—All Access, which has all the benefits of live, online instruction, and a comprehensive video library to replay featured content.
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ACT Academy

A free resource providing video lessons, interactive practice questions, full-length practice tests, educational games and other materials targeted to your academic needs. You will receive your own personalized study plan based on scores from the ACT test, PreACT®, or official ACT practice tests.
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Free Additional Score Reports

You can send additional ACT score reports for free to colleges and/or scholarship agencies at any time during your college search process. Your fee waiver covers one report to your high school and up to six college choices. After registration, you can request up to an additional 20 regular score reports for free.

Apply to Colleges—For Free

College application fees can really add up, but there’s good news! Students who test with an ACT fee waiver may also request a Waiver or Deferral of College Admission Applications Fee. To have a college application fee waived, you must submit your fee waiver directly to the college you are applying to (not to ACT).

Are You Eligible?

To apply for the ACT fee waiver program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be currently enrolled in high school in the 11th or 12th grade.
  2. Be testing in the United States, US territories, or Puerto Rico.
  3. Meet one or more of the indicators of economic need listed below:
    • Enrolled in a federal free or reduced-price lunch program at school, based on US Department of Agriculture (USDA) income levels (see table).
    • Enrolled in a program for the economically disadvantaged (for example, a federally funded program such as GEAR UP or Upward Bound).
    • Note: If the student participates in a program, but is not economically disadvantaged, they are not eligible for a fee waiver.
    • Resides in a foster home, is a ward of the state, or is homeless.
    • Family receives low-income public assistance or lives in federally subsidized public housing.
    • Family’s total annual income is at or below USDA levels for free or reduced-price lunches on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service website.

How Do I Apply?

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Check with your school counselor to see if you are eligible to apply.
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Once your school counselor determines if you are eligible, you can receive up to two fee waivers to take the ACT test for free and you will receive free learning resources.
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When you register for the ACT online or by mail, use your ACT fee waiver code.
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What to Bring on Test Day

Bring your test ticket, photo ID, No. 2 pencils, a watch and a calculator.

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