GRE Fee Reduction program:
ETS or Educational Testing Service which conducts GRE examination provides a Fee Reduction Program to students who are in need of financial aid for applying GRE examination. This aid is purely based on the financial circumstance of the applicant and not merit-based.
GRE Fee Structure:
GRE general test:
The fee for the GRE general test is $205worldwide. The GRE general examis mostly taken as computer based.
GRE subject test:
The subject test feeis $150 for the following subjects. The test is paper based.
- English literature
GRE Fee Reduction:
Through the fee reduction program, a fee waiver of about 50% is offered to the deserving candidates. Thus the reduced fee for GRE general test is $102.50, and for the subject test, it is $75.
When a student is considered eligible for the fee waiver for the GRE test, he/she can apply for financial aid.
The number of fee reduction certificates is very much limited. Moreover it is issued on a first come first served basis. Therefore, it would be a smart idea to apply as early as possible in order to avail the benefit.
Please check out this website for more details.https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/fees/reductions/
The eligibility for GRE fee reduction program falls into two basic criteria:
Citizens of United States:
The applicant must be a citizen of United States of America or a permanent resident of it. Candidates residing outside U.S and candidates residing in the U.S without permanent resi dency are not eligible for this program
Undergraduates and Graduates:
The applicant must be a college senior or a college graduate currently not admitted to any program.
Eligibility for College seniors:
He must be doing his undergraduation in any one of the geographical location: United States , U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa or Guam
Must be already receiving aid from his financial aid office.
If dependent, must have an Institutional Student Information Report(ISIR), that shows a parental contribution of not more than $2,500.
If self-supporting, must have an Institutional Student Information Report(ISIR), that shows a contribution not more than $3,000
Eligibility for unenrolled college graduates:
Must have already applied for aid to financial aid office.
Must be self-supportive with ISIR report showing a contribution not more than $3,000.
What is aFinancial aid office:
Each university has its own financial aid office which provides financial help to those deserving students who are not doing financially well. It ranges from scholarships, grants, fee waivers, etc.
What is ISIR:
ISIR stands for Institutional Student Information Record. This record actually comprises of the processed student information. The information report of the ISIR shows whether the students are eligible for the fee waiver or not.
Through the Central Processing System (CPS), electronically a copy of the records is sent to the concerned schools.
The financial aid office issues a copy of the fee reduction certificate and the ISIR to the students at the time of need.
How to avail a fee reduction:
A candidate can avail fee reduction in three easy steps as follows:
Get a fee reduction certificate:
- The first step would be to contact the concerned institution’s Financial Aid Office (FAO) and check out whether the student is eligible.
- Once the eligibility has been finalized, the fee reduction certificate will be issued by the FAO along with the copy of Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR).
Mail the fee reduction certificate:
After receiving the fee reduction certificate, follow the instructions on the certificate and mail it to the concerned address. Do not fax or send a scanned copy via e-mail. Any photocopy of the original is unaccepted.
Receive a Promotional code:
After considering your request, ETS will send you a promotional code which confirms your fee waiver. This may take 2-3 weeks. So don't make it at the last minute.
Limitations of Fee Reduction Program:
Fee reduction certificate can be used only once. A candidate can appear either for GRE general test or any one of the GRE subject tests.
There will be no refunds,if for any reason the candidate doesn’t use it.
Fee reduction certificate doesn’t apply to any other fees concerned with GRE exam like rescheduling, sending scores,etc.
Relaxations of Fee Reduction Program:
Acandidate once met with the eligibilities and received the promotion code doesn't need to get a fee reduction certificate or ISIR from the financial aid office, if he wishes to take GRE for the second time. This would greatly save his time, if he wishes to retake GRE.
The relationship between fee waiver and fee reduction certificate is that by getting a fee reduction certificate;a 50% discount fee waiver can be obtained as mentioned above.
As the ETS offers a limited number of fee reduction certificates, act fast and swiftly. The role of ETS in offering the fee waivers is remarkable as it provides a helping hand to those who are incapable of remitting the GRE test fee.
The fee vouchers are available for other national programs too in the USA. Check out this link for other national programs available.https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/fees/reductions/