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.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English literature
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

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.

Eligibility Criteria:

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
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:

  1. The first step would be to contact the concerned institution’s Financial Aid Office (FAO) and check out whether
    the student is eligible.
  2. 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
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

Relaxations of Fee Reduction Program:

Acandidate once met with the eligibilities and received the promotion code doesn’t need to get a fee reduction
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.

Fee waiver:

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

National programs:

The fee vouchers are available for other national programs too in the USA. Check out this link
for other national programs available.