Graduate School Application Fee Assistance

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Graduate or Professional School Application Fee Waiver Letters

If you receive financial aid and your annual parent contribution is $1,000 or less, Swarthmore’s Financial Aid Office will send admission application fee waiver requests to graduate or professional schools on your behalf.

Please contact your assigned financial aid director and provide the following information for each graduate/professional school program:  

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

Please note, not all graduate or professional schools will waive admission application fees, but we will send our letters of request for any eligible student—both U.S. citizen and international students.

Test fees for graduate or professional school applicants

Seniors with high financial need who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents have options for defraying the costs of graduate school testing fees. Note: There is no GMAT testing fee waiver program. Opportunities offered by the other testing programs include:

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.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS): The AMCAS Fee Assistance Program assists students who, without financial assistance, would be unable to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) exam, and/or apply to medical schools that use the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application.

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Tests: Fee waivers may be available for 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, including expenses related to the job-search process or graduate school/professional school admission applications.

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.