At ETS we believe that the cost of taking a GRE® test should not be a barrier to graduate study. ETS provides the Fee Reduction Program for individuals who demonstrate financial need and for national programs in the United States that work with underrepresented groups.
For Those with Financial Need
ETS offers a limited number of GRE Fee Reduction Certificates on a first-come, first-served basis that are available for college seniors and unenrolled college graduates who meet eligibility requirements. A Fee Reduction Certificate may be used for one GRE® General Test and/or one GRE® Subject Test. Individuals meeting the eligibility requirements will be required to pay 50 percent of the full test fee.
To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien who is a college senior or an unenrolled college graduate.
College seniors must be:
- receiving financial aid through an undergraduate college in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico, and
- a dependent, who has an Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR) that shows a parental contribution of not more than $2,500 for the senior year, or
- self-supporting and have an ISIR that shows a contribution of not more than $3,000 for the senior year
Unenrolled college graduates must:
- have applied for financial aid, and
- have an ISIR that indicates self-supporting status and a contribution of not more than $3,000
To apply for a GRE Fee Reduction Certificate:
- Contact the financial aid office at your undergraduate institution or prospective graduate institution to see whether you qualify.
- Once your eligibility is established, the financial aid office will issue you a Fee Reduction Certificate and a copy of your ISIR.
- Follow the instructions on the certificate. Allow up to three weeks for processing and mail delivery.
Letter requests, photocopies and faxes of Fee Reduction Certificates will not be accepted. Fee Reduction Certificates are not retroactive and they cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. There are no refunds for unused Fee Reduction Certificates and no refunds will be provided to examinees who are not admitted to the test for any reason (including unacceptable identification).
Individuals who have met the eligibility requirements and received a GRE Fee Reduction in the past year may retake the GRE General Test and/or a GRE Subject Test with a Fee Reduction without submitting a Fee Reduction Certificate and a copy of their ISIR. Download the Declaration of Eligibility for the Need-based GRE Fee Reduction Program and follow the instructions on the form.
Fee Reduction Certificates/Vouchers cannot be combined with other offers.
For Those who are Unemployed
ETS offers a limited number of GRE Fee Reduction Certificates to individuals who can confirm that they are unemployed and receiving unemployment compensation. Qualified individuals can register to take the computer-delivered GRE General Test for half the cost of the regular test fee.
To learn more about eligibility requirements, instructions for participation and program policies, download the Fee Reduction Program for the Unemployed.
For National Programs in the United States
GRE Fee Reduction Certificates/Vouchers are also made available to the following programs:
- Gates Millennium Scholars Program
- GEM: National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science Program
- Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program
- PREP: Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program
- Project 1000 Program
- Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program
- Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (The McNair Scholars Program)
- Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) Program
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