Each year, ACT invests a portion of our revenue to ensure equitable access to ACT products, insights, and other resources, and to create and strengthen partnerships that enable ACT to have a positive impact on the lives of more people.
Additionally, ACT provides fee waivers to ensure that students from lower income families could take the ACT college readiness test, which was taken by 59 percent of 2015 U.S. high school graduates.
Current ACT initiatives to close the equity gap include:
ACT provides high school juniors and seniors from economically disadvantaged backgrounds with fee waivers for the ACT test. Waivers cover the basic fee for either the ACT (no writing) or the ACT with writing. Waivers also include one report to the high school and up to four sent to colleges of the student’s choice.
Starting in September 2018, students from low-income families who take the ACT with fee waivers will be allowed to send ACT score reports for free to colleges and/or scholarship agencies at any time during their college search process.
ACT’s new policy will waive that fee for students who register for the test with a fee waiver. The free score reports—up to 20 for each test students take with a fee waiver—will never expire, so students may use them whenever they wish.
Students who register for the ACT® test with a fee waiver automatically receive free access to ACT Online Prep for a year. ACT Online Prep is designed to build students’ understanding of the ACT and provide them with the opportunity to evaluate their academic strengths and areas for development—on any device.
In spring 2016, ACT and Kaplan Test Prep partnered to create ACT® Kaplan Online Prep Live—the only online ACT preparation program that offers live, content-based instruction from expert teachers. The program is available at no cost to students who qualify for an ACT test fee waiver.
ACT Profile is a free online college and career planning platform that students can access on any device. The platform is intended to reach millions of students, parents, and counselors, delivering personalized insights based on more than 30 years of ACT research. Students, parents, and counselors can use the tools to help them learn more about themselves, explore college and career possibilities, learn about scholarship opportunities, and take advantage of financial aid resources and plan for what’s next.