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GRE® Fee Reduction Program

The GRE® Program and GRE Board believe that the cost of taking a GRE® test should not be a barrier to graduate study. Therefore, the GRE Program provides the GRE Fee Reduction Program for individuals who can demonstrate financial need, for those who are unemployed and receiving unemployment compensation, and for national programs that work with underrepresented groups. A GRE Fee Reduction Voucher may be used for one GRE® General Test and/or one GRE® Subject Test. Voucher users pay 50 percent of the regular test fee. Fee Reduction Vouchers cannot be combined with other offers.

New in 2019–20: Beginning in July 2019, all test takers who receive a GRE General Test Fee Reduction voucher will also receive FREE access to the following GRE test preparation materials, a $100 value:

  • POWERPREP PLUS® Online Practice Test 1 ($40 value)
  • POWERPREP PLUS® Online Practice Test 2 ($40 value)
  • ScoreItNow! Online Writing Practice ($20 value)

For Those With Financial Need

The GRE Program offers a limited number of GRE Fee Reduction Vouchers on a first-come, first-served basis to U.S. citizens or resident aliens who are college seniors or unenrolled college graduates who meet eligibility requirements and are planning to take a GRE test in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam or U.S. Virgin Islands.

College seniors:

  • receiving financial aid through an undergraduate college in the United States, U.S. Territories or Puerto Rico, and
  • a dependent, who has a FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) that shows a parental contribution of not more than $2,500 for the senior year, or
  • self-supporting and have a SAR that shows a contribution of not more than $3,000 for the senior year

Unenrolled college graduates:

  • have applied for financial aid, and
  • have a SAR that shows a self-supporting status and a contribution of not more than $3,000

To apply for a GRE Fee Reduction Voucher, students should complete the GRE Fee Reduction Request Form and follow the instructions on the form regarding submission of materials to ETS. Voucher numbers are sent to recipients via email within two weeks of ETS approval of the request.

Examinees Who Tested With a Need-based GRE Fee Reduction Voucher Within the Last Calendar Year Who Would Like to Retest

Test takers approved for a need-based GRE Fee Reduction Voucher within the last calendar year who would like to retest can request an additional GRE Fee Reduction Voucher by completing and submitting the GRE® Fee Reduction Request Form to ETS. Note: The current date must be within one calendar year of ETS receipt of their original Fee Reduction Voucher and Student Aid Report materials. Voucher numbers are sent to recipients via email within two weeks of ETS approval of the request.

For Those Who Are Unemployed

ETS also offers a limited number of GRE Fee Reduction Vouchers to individuals who can confirm that they are unemployed and receiving unemployment compensation and are planning to take a GRE test in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam or U.S. Virgin Islands.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • a U.S. citizen or resident alien and 18 years or age or older
  • currently unemployed and have become unemployed within the past six months
  • able to submit a copy of an Unemployment Benefits Statement from the past 90 days as proof of unemployment

To apply for a GRE Fee Reduction Voucher for the unemployed, students should complete the GRE Fee Reduction Request Form and follow the instructions on the form regarding the submission of materials to ETS. Voucher numbers are sent to recipients via email within two weeks of ETS approval of the request.

For National Programs in the United States

GRE Fee Reduction Vouchers are also made available to the following programs:

  • Gates Millennium Scholars Program
  • Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)
  • Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) Program
  • National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science Program (GEM)
  • NSF Lewis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program
  • Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)
  • Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program
  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
  • TRIO Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
  • TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program

For Other Programs

GRE Fee Reduction Vouchers are also made available to the following program:

  • EducationUSA Opportunity Fund Program