Exam Prep

Financial Assistance for Test Takers

The ETS strives to make the GRE affordable to all prospective grad students, and there are systems in place to provide assistance to those who demonstrate financial need. GRE Fee Reduction is offered on a “first-come, first-served basis” to prospective test-takers requesting this service; enrolled students, unenrolled graduates, and unemployed individuals are all welcome to apply.


In order to qualify for Fee Reduction, applicants must be legal U.S. citizens who are 18 years or older. Specific eligibility criteria for the GRE Reduction program is as follows:

For enrolled college students

  • Candidates must be receiving financial aid at an undergraduate institution in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico.
  • Candidates must either be a dependent who receives less than $1,500 from their parents during their senior year or a self-supporting adult who receives an annual contribution of less than $1,900 from their parents. In either case, candidates must provide an Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) to prove their claim.

For unemployed individuals

  • Candidates must provide documentation of being unemployed and receiving unemployment-related compensation.
  • Candidates must have applied for financial aid and provided an ISIR that shows an annual contribution of less than $1,900 from their parents.

Application Process

To apply for the Fee Reduction enrolled college students and unenrolled graduates should contact the financial aid offices at their undergraduate institution or prospective grad school, respectively. Unemployed individuals should apply for Fee Reduction at the time of registration, and will then be required to mail a Fee Reduction voucher and their unemployment documentation to ETS.

Eligible applicants are issued a Fee Reduction Certificate from the financial aid office, which is delivered to the recipient within four weeks. ETS recommends applying for your fee reduction certificate before registering for your exam date to be sure that you can have it in hand on test day. Test-takers who present a Fee Reduction Certificate on their exam date are only required to pay half ($97.50) of the GRE fee.

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