GRE® Fee Reduction Program

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 that work with underrepresented groups. A Fee Reduction Certificate may be used for one GRE® General Test and/or one Subject Test. Certificate users pay 50 percent of the regular test fee. Fee Reduction Certificates cannot be combined with other offers.

For Those with Financial Need

ETS offers a limited number of GRE Fee Reduction Certificates on a first-come, first-served basis to college seniors and unenrolled college graduates who meet the following eligibility requirements.

College seniors:

  • receiving financial aid through an undergraduate college in the United States, U.S. Territories 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:

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

In order to apply for a GRE Fee Reduction Certificate, students are instructed to contact their financial aid office to see if they qualify. Once eligibility is established, the financial aid office issues the Fee Reduction Certificate and a copy of the student's ISIR.

If the Financial Aid office at your institution would like to participate in the Fee Reduction Program, please email or call at 1-609-771-7092 (Educators only).

For Those who are Unemployed

ETS also offers a limited number of GRE Fee Reduction Certificates to individuals who can confirm that they are unemployed and receiving unemployment compensation. Those who qualify can register to take the computer-delivered GRE General Test or a GRE Subject Test for half the cost of the regular test fee. Please pass along the Fee Reduction Program for the Unemployed document to any interested students.

For National Programs in the United States

GRE Fee Reduction Certificates are also made available to the following programs in the United States:

  • Gates Millennium Scholars Program
  • GEM: National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science Program
  • PREP: Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program
  • Project 1000 Program
  • Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (The McNair Scholars Program)

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