The new application fee structure for amateur radio licenses goes into effect on April 19, 2022. ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, has addressed what this means and explained the new programs in an ARRL news article, at https://www.arrl.org/news/new-amateur-radio-license-applications-fee-to-become-effective-april-19-2022.

The FCC has clarified that the fees will not apply to license upgrades.

You can find more information on this at https://www.arrl.org/news/new-fcc-application-fee-will-not-apply-to-amateur-radio-license-upgrades.