So, you read my post on Praxis test fees or researched on the Praxis website. If you need to take the Praxis Core combined test as well as a subject test, you may be looking at somewhere in the neighborhood of $300 for test registration fees. That is a big chunk of change! If you are worried that you may not be able to afford it, you may be eligible for a Praxis test fee waiver.
Eligibility for a Praxis Test Fee Waiver
According to ETS, the service that administers the Praxis, there are four criteria for receiving a test waiver. You must:
- Be currently receiving financial aid
- Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program (Note: You are ineligible if you have a master’s or a doctoral degree)
- Meet eligibility income guidelines (below)
- Be required to take a Praxis® test by an authorized score recipient
So, if you are a college student required to take the Praxis test by your program AND you receive financial aid, there is a good chance you qualify. If that describes you, next check the income requirements provided by ETS:
If you are unsure of your family size (e.g., if you live with your parents or with an unmarried partner), then go by your tax return from the most recent year.
Applying for a Praxis Test Fee Waiver
In order to apply for a fee waiver, fill out this form. The form asks you for some information to assess your eligibility. You can use the fee waiver for up to three tests in one year if you are approved (e.g., the Praxis Core combined test and two subject tests). The form requires an embossed school seal or a notary stamp. You also need to give ample time for your request to be approved. For reference, here are the 2015-16 testing periods and the dates you would need to submit your request:
|Testing between:||Submit Fee Waiver Request by:|
|September – December||August 31, 2015|
|January – March||November 25, 2015|
|April – June||February 10, 2016|
|July – September||May 19, 2016|
The form should be updated soon with dates for the 2016-17 year.
All the information you provide on your fee waiver request form is confidential. When you are finished, mail it to: ETS- The Praxis Series, PO Box 6051, Princeton, NJ 08541-6051.