MONTPELIER -- As an important deadline approaches to register for the SAT college entrance exam, Gov. Peter Shumlin is reminding Vermont high school juniors and seniors that they may qualify to take the test for free and have application fees waived for any of the Vermont State Colleges.

"We need to move more Vermont kids beyond high school so that they can be ready for the good-paying jobs that Vermont companies are growing right here at home," Shumlin said. "The first step to college is taking the SAT, and we want Vermonters to know that now is the time to register and that financial help is available."

The deadline to register for the June 6th testing date is May 8. The SAT is required for entrance into most higher education programs. Students can register online at www.sat.collegeboard.org/register.

The registration fee for the SAT is $50, but high school juniors and seniors who qualify for free or reduced priced meals can have that fee waived. Qualifying students can have the registration fees waived twice for the SAT and twice more for SAT subject tests. Students can obtain registration fee waivers, which can be used during the normal online registration process, from their guidance counselor or VSAC outreach counselor.

Students who qualify for a free SAT application can also qualify for a free application at any one of the Vermont State Colleges. It's not too late to apply to a Vermont State College for this fall. To learn more about VSC's rolling admissions and free applications, go to www.vsc.edu.

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