SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

Educational Testing Service

May 05, 2009 08:30 ET

GRE® Program Offers Test Fee Reduction for the Unemployed

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - May 5, 2009) - In an effort to expand graduate school opportunities in the current economy, the Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®) program is offering a limited number of GRE fee reductions to individuals who are unemployed, Educational Testing Service (ETS) announced today.

The program will allow currently unemployed workers to register for the GRE General Test for $75. The regular registration cost is $150.

The GRE Fee Reduction Program for the Unemployed is intended to complement existing GRE test fee reduction programs in light of current economic conditions. The program specifically targets individuals who are currently out of work and receiving unemployment benefits.

"Financial challenges often dissuade students from pursuing opportunities to advance their education," says Maurice C. Taylor, Vice President for University Operations at Morgan State University. "As Chair of the GRE Board, I am pleased that ETS and its GRE program have decided in these very difficult economic times to expand the existing GRE fee reduction program to those who are unemployed."

The GRE is often the first step in the pursuit of an advanced degree. And because a graduate education can be the key to greater career and financial opportunities, ETS Vice President and COO David G. Payne says the time was right to expand the program to those who are unemployed.

"We understand how tough it is out there right now," explains Payne. "And if offering a GRE fee reduction to unemployed individuals helps them to take that step, we're happy to do our part to try to make a difference."

Eligibility Requirements

--  You must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien, age eighteen (18) or
    older, who is currently unemployed and has become unemployed within the
    past 6 months.
--  You must be planning to take the computer-based GRE General Test in
    the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam or U.S. Virgin Islands.
--  You must be able to submit a copy of an Unemployment Benefits
    Statement from the past 90 days as proof of unemployment.
    

For more information about the program, visit www.ets.org/gre/unemploymentoffer.

About ETS

At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English-language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually -- including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® test and The Praxis Series™ assessments -- in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org