Dec 6, 2009, 3:40 PM
Post #430 of 466
Generally speaking, stellar GRE scores (think 1500 and above) can qualify students for university-level funding in the form of grants and fellowships at universities whose graduate schools consider GRE scores.
Re: [ericweinstein] Iowa MFA - GRE
Program-level funding does not consider GRE performance. If you get accepted to the program, you'll get funding. If you have rock-star GRE scores, the university may step in with additional funds or the opportunity to take free money instead of teaching. Either way, if a program says you don't have to send the GRE, don't feel like you have to send it.
That goes double for people who'd have to pay to send their scores. My standard is 1500, but I could see a case for 1400. Either way, if your scores are fair to middling, don't waste your money.
I've never served on an admissions committe, but from what I've been told, tie-breaker situations may call for a review of the applicants' statement essays and letters of recommendation and possibly C.V.s and GPAs. GRE scores are never mentioned.