DSST Exam Costs

Military Community

As a fully-funded site, SUNY Empire waives the registration fee for Active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Reserve Coast Guard spouses and their respective Civil Service employees. Administration and examination fees are paid by DANTES. You must present the Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card, DD Form 1173 at time of testing.

Discharged Veterans and military retirees: May be eligible for reimbursement from the Veterans Administration. Visit www.gibill.va.gov for information.

Community at large

The DSST Examination Fee of $80 is due at the time of your scheduled appointment. You will pay with your credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard or AMEX) directly in the testing system. The registration fee for taking your exam at SUNY Empire State College is $25 and is due at the time of registration.

Military Retest Policy

Eligible military candidates who take a CLEP exam can have the $85 exam fee waived for the first attempt per subject funded by DANTES. If a test taker tests at an on-base or fully funded test center, they do not have to pay the test center administrative fee. Eligible military candidates should contact a test center to find out if they are responsible for paying the test center's administrative fee.

DANTES does not pay the exam fee for a previously funded CLEP exam. If military test takers want to retake an exam previously funded by DANTES, they need to wait three months and pay the $80 exam fee in addition to the administrative fee required by the test center.


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