AUSTIN – The College Board, the organization that administers the SAT and other college-preparation programs, has announced that it will waive or refund all registration fees for the upcoming October 7 SAT for students in counties affected by Hurricane Harvey, making the test free for all students experiencing hardship or displacement due to the hurricane.

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville), who serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Education, represents Kleberg County, the southernmost county to be added to the list of disaster areas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“At this extremely difficult time for millions in Texas, I am heartened to see the many ways that individuals, organizations, and companies have done what they can to lend a hand to those in need,” Lucio said. “The last thing students displaced by the hurricane in Kleberg County and across the Gulf Coast need to worry about is how to pay for their SAT. I’m pleased that the College Board is offering this important opportunity, and I hope many college-bound students in my district will be able to take advantage of it.”

The deadline for receiving a fee waiver or refund for the test is September 27. For more information on receiving a waiver or refund for an eligible student, visit the College Board website at http://www.collegeboard.org or call SAT customer service at 866-756-7346.