You May Qualify for a GRE Fee Reduction

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The Graduate Record Examinations, more commonly known as the GRE, is the the standardardized test most graduate schools require for admission. The general exam “measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking and analytical writing skills.” There are also eight subject exams that may be required for specific majors. Taking the GRE is expected of those aspiring to graduate school, but its hefty fee of $150 may be a deterrent for many. Fortunately, a fee reduction is being offered for both the unemployed and for those meeting certain financial aid requirements.


To qualify for the unemployed fee reduction program, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or resident alien above the age of 18 who has become unemployed within the past 6 months
  • Be planning to take the computer-based GRE General Exam in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, or the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Be able to submit proof of unemployment dated in the last 90 days

If you meet all eligibility requirements, you’ll complete the required paperwork and mail it in, along with your proof of unemployment and $75 registration fee. You’ll then receive a voucher which you can use to register for the GRE General Exam.

College Seniors and Unenrolled College Graduates

There is also help for others wanting to go to grad school but unable to afford the high cost of the entrance exams. Reduced fees are available to both the General Test ($75) and one Subject Test ($65) but both must be applied for at the same time if you would like the reduced fee for two exams.

To qualify, college seniors must:

  • Be receiving financial aid
  • Be a dependent whose official parent contribution to college is not more than $1400 a year
  • Be self-supporting with a contribution of not more than $1800 for the year

Unenrolled college graduates must:

  • Have applied for financial aid
  • Have a self-supporting status and not be able to officially contribute more than $1800 per year

Simply put, you’ll need to check with your financial aid office to determine whether you meet the official eligibility requirements. If you do, you should receive a Fee Reduction Certificate and a copy of the form stating your income contribution. Just follow the instructions on the certificate and allow up to three weeks for processing.

Be sure to check out the information at the GRE website for all the details and to check with your financial aid office for assistance. You’ll also want to get everything together and register as soon as possible, as this is a limited program and is only available for a short time.


Nannette Carter Martin says:

Hello Mary,

I read your article on the GRE Fee Reduction with much enthusiasm. I am writing because I am interested in learning about foundations or other sources that may offer financial assistance with the GRE Prep course. I am a Tennessee resident who is also a fifty-plus year old female of African-American descent planning to return to college to pursue the Master of Science degree in Clothing and Textiles. I am struggling with finances for the GRE Prep Course given by the Princeton Review. I have been advised by graduate counselors that my application to graduate school would be successful if I present a high score on the GRE since it has been over 30 years ago that I earned the B.S. degree.

Efforts on your behalf to direct me to an appropriate funding source shall be appreciated. You may contact me by telephoning (615) 944-3924 or via my email address –


Nannette Carter Martin
Resource Management Specialist
School of Agriculture & Consumer Sciences
Office of The Dean
3500 John Merritt Blvd., P. O. Box 9610
Nashville, TN 37209-1561
(615) 963-5827 Office
(615) 963-1557 FAX

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