The administrators of the GRE test for graduate study admission, ETS, recently announced that the GRE Fee Reduction Program will undergo three changes as of 1 July 2019. The program is designed to assist test takers who would otherwise have financial difficulties to sit the GRE and apply to graduate school.
GRE Fee Reduction Vouchers are available for individuals who can demonstrate financial need, for those who are unemployed and receiving unemployment compensation, and for national programs that work with underrepresented groups and low-income or first-generation college students. Voucher users pay 50% of the regular test fee.
According to David Payne, ETS Vice President and COO of Global Education, the non-profit organization has successfully provided more than 28,000 vouchers to eligible test takers since 2013. The assistance is part of their mission to advance equity in education, adds Mr. Payne.
These newest changes make fee reduction vouchers available through more organizations that serve underrepresented groups and to international students with financial need. And now, all test takers who receive a voucher will also receive free access to our test prep products that best simulate the actual test-day experience.
Changes to the fee reduction program include free access – for test takers who receive a voucher for the GRE General Test – to two POWERPREP PLUS® Online practice tests and the ScoreItNow!™ Online Writing Practice (valued at USD 100). The two POWERPREP PLUS Online practice tests (valued at USD 40 each) provide test takers the experience of taking the real, computer-delivered GRE General Test. The practice tests are timed and enable users to try out features and tools that will be available during the actual test. Furthermore, test takers with disabilities and health-related needs can familiarize themselves with the same industry-leading accommodations that are offered in the actual test. The ScoreItNow! Online Writing Practice (valued at USD 20) is a web-based service through which test takers can submit responses on up to eight essay topics and get immediate scores and feedback.
In addition, ETS is providing GRE Fee Reduction Vouchers to the EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program for distribution to eligible test takers outside of the United States who have financial need. This program assists qualified students in the EducationUSA network who are likely to be awarded full financial aid from US colleges and universities, but who lack financial resources to cover the up-front costs to apply, such as testing, application fees or airfare.
Lastly, ETS is providing vouchers to the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT), the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) and the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS®).