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Preparing for Graduate/Professional School

Planning and preparing for graduate/professional school can be overwhleming, particularly if you are finishing your bachelor's degree at the same time. The process can also be costly. We have outlined some resources which might be helpful to you, if you qualify.

Graduate School Test Preparation

Northwestern's Library provides free graduate school preparatory resources to all Northwestern students.  You will find books available in 2N of the Northwestern University Library on the subject as well.

GRE Fee Waivers

Some students, on the basis of need, may be eligible for one of the limited number of GRE Fee Reduction Vouchers. College seniors are required to meet the following eligibility requirements:

Education Testing Service administers these waivers and has an application that must be submitted to verify your status. The Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid can help you complete the form, provide you with a copy of the FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) to assist in the submission of the request.

Law School Funding Resources

We strongly encourage you to check out Northwestern Career Advancement's information on Law School Funding Resources. You'll find a wide variety of information here if you are thinking of applying to law school. Information includes testing and application resources, including  LSAT and Credential Assembly Waivers, and application fee waiver information. You'll also find tips and links to help as you start researching financing options as you plan for your law school education.


The AAMC Fee Assistance Program provides financial assistance to individuals who, without this aid, would find it very difficult — if not impossible — to take the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®), apply to medical schools that use the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®), and fulfill other application obligations.


Other Fee and/or Application Resources


American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOMAS)
AACOMAS Application Fee Waiver


American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Fee Assistance Program


American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS)
ADEA AADSAS Fee Assistance Program (FAP)


Centralized Application Service for Physicians Assistants (CASPA)
Fee Assistance Program


Nursing CAS
Application Fees and Fee Waivers


Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)
Fee Waiver Application


Pharmacy College Application Service (PHARMCAS)
Fee Waivers