Graduate or Professional School Application and Testing Fee Assistance

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Graduate or Professional School Application Fee Waiver Letters

Swarthmore's Financial Aid Office will send graduate or professional schools requests for admission application fee waivers for eligible students (those whose annual parent contribution is $1,000 or less). Eligible students provide the names and addresses of each graduate/professional school program, and our office submits the request directly to the institutions’ admission offices. Some institutions may have their own request form, which students should provide to us as well. Please note, not all graduate or professional schools allow for the waiver of admission application fees, but we will send our letters of request for any eligible student—both U.S. citizen and international students. 

Students should email the following information, for each fee waiver requested, to their assigned financial aid director:

  • institution name
  • a copy of the institution's fee waiver instructions
  • mailing address for the admission office, including a specific name if applicable
  • the student’s name and contact information

Test fees for graduate or professional school applicants 

Seniors with high financial need who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may have their graduate school testing fees paid.  Opportunities offered by the various testing programs include:

  • The Graduate Management (GMAT®) test:  There is no GMAT testing fee waiver program.
  • GRE® Fee Reduction Program:  The Financial Aid Office is able to provide GRE fee reduction certificates for students who meet the specific guidelines provided by ETS.  A Fee Reduction Certificate may be used for one GRE® revised General Test and/or one GRE® Subject Test. Individuals meeting the eligibility requirements will be required to pay 50 percent of the full test fee. All students interested in a GRE® fee reduction should email Kristin Moore.
  • LSAT & Credential Assembly Service (CAS):  Fee Waivers for the LSAT & Credential Assembly Service (CAS) are available to students who meet the criteria listed on their website. LSAC recommends that students submit their completed fee waiver application at least six weeks prior to your region's regular LSAT registration deadline.
  • The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) and the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®):  The AMCAS® Fee Assistance Program assists those who, without financial assistance, would be unable to take the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) exam, apply to medical schools that use the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) application, and more.
  • Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Tests: Fee waivers may be available for college students who meet all eligibility criteria. If you qualify for a fee waiver, the test fees for up to three Core tests, or one Praxis® Subject Assessment (formerly the Praxis II® tests) may be waived. Students are eligible for a fee waiver only once during a testing year, and there are a limited number of waivers available per test date and per institution. All requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. View requirements and download the form on the ETS website.

Graduate and professional school application expenses

The Financial Aid Office increases the federal financial aid budget for all of our seniors by $600 in order to accommodate for expenses that seniors tend to incur. Increasing the financial aid budget allows seniors to access additional loan funds to use for job search or graduate school/professional school admission application expenses.

Although student financial need is met without student loans, financial aid recipients are asked if they wish to borrow federal student loans when they complete our aid application each year for the coming year. All U.S. citizens or permanent residents, whether aided or not, have access to the Federal Direct Loan Program. Read more about Federal Loans.

Seniors who have not yet borrowed the full $7,500 available for their senior year are welcome to apply by visiting our loan application instructions or contacting their assigned financial aid director.