I filed a Provisional Patent Application (PPA) this morning and the new application fee for a Small Entity category which would probably include most people reading this was only $75. Last year when I filed some applications the fee was $130 a piece for Small Entity.
Just figured I would share this information as it is nice to be paying considerably less for the same service. That's roughly a 40% discount. Apparently, this changed at the beginning of the year in January 2018. It's surprising the government is asking less money for anything they charge for.
This is great for small independant inventors that do not want to invest more than neccessary in their ideas.
Here is the official link to the USPTO fee as of 05/2018
*I should also note the $75 dollar PPA fee is only if a person files the paperwork themselves without a service/attorney and electronically.