College Board Announces Unlimited SAT Score Sends for Low-Income Students
College Board Announces Unlimited SAT Score Sends for Low-Income StudentsCollege Board Communications
The College Board is delighted that low-income students who take the SAT and ACT will now be able to send score reports to colleges for free. I am proud that both our nonprofit organizations are standing up for the students who need it most. As we shared with our member leaders this fall, the College Board will provide unlimited SAT score reports for low-income students starting spring 2018. In addition, CSS Profile will become completely free for low-income students. We will also continue our longstanding partnership with higher education to provide college application fee waivers so that the entire application process will be free for low-income students.
- Statement from David Coleman, President and CEO of the College Board, Dec. 13, 2017
There should be no cost barrier to the college application process, and the College Board is working with our members and partners in higher education to build on our efforts to remove as many of these barriers as possible for low-income students.
Starting when SAT registration for the 2018-2019 school year opens in April, students who take the SAT or the SAT Subject Tests with a fee waiver will be able to send their official score reports to as many institutions as they want—for free (currently, students eligible for an SAT Fee Waiver can send up to four score reports for free, in addition to the four free score sends they receive with registration—for eight total). This applies to all income-eligible students who take the SAT, whether they take it during a weekend national administration or through a School Day administration.
We will also continue our longstanding partnership with higher education to provide college application fee waivers so that the entire application process will be free for low-income students. And starting in fall 2018, CSS Profile will also allow an unlimited number of CSS Profile applications for first-time, domestic college applicants who take the SAT with a fee waiver or meet income-eligibility criteria.
This new policy means that low-income students can take the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests, apply to college, send their scores, and apply for financial aid for as many colleges as they choose, all for free.
This announcement builds on existing efforts by the College Board to clear a path to college for all students. In 2007, the College Board increased the number of free SAT score reports from four to eight for eligible low-income students and extended the time limit on using the score reports. Research on the effects of the new score-send policies shows that the initiative worked: Low-income students were more likely (by 10 percentage points) to send eight or more score reports than they had been before the new policy.
The study also showed that prompting a low-income student to send one or more score reports increased both on-time college attendance and six-year bachelor’s degree completion. Recent research from the Equality of Opportunity Project illustrates clearly that expanding access to college for low-income students positively impacts their future earning potential and upward mobility.
Additional research also shows that once they’re in the door, students from high- and low-income backgrounds who attend the same college achieve the same levels of success and have very similar earning outcomes later in life—including at elite institutions.
Note: an announcement from ACT can be found here.