Starting with the Fall 2016 semester, non-resident new first-time graduate students who demonstrate high academic achievement on the GRE, GMAT, or MAT graduate school entrance exams will pay an alternate tuition rate of 1.0 times the current in-state graduate tuition rate.2
The definition of "high academic achievement on the GRE, GMAT, or MAT graduate school entrance exams" is a GRE Verbal Reasoning score or a GRE Quantitative Reasoning score or a GMAT score or a MAT score whose percentile rank is 80% or higher as determined by the creators of the particular exam.3
Official GRE, GMAT, or MAT scores must be sent directly to the appropriate SIU graduate department at the time of application. Failure to properly complete these steps in a timely fashion may result in the incoming graduate student not qualifying for this alternate tuition rate.
This alternate tuition rate will not apply to students pursuing undergraduate or professional degrees. It also will not apply to students pursuing the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. It also will not apply to students who were SIUC graduate students prior to the semester noted above.
1 The High Achievers Alternate Tuition Rate noted here is not the same as the one noted elsewhere for undergraduates. A student that had previously qualified for the undergraduate version may not necessarily qualify for this graduate version, and vice versa.
2 While some graduate departments do not require any of these exams for admission to their programs, the interested student must take and score appropriately high enough on at least one of these exams in order to be able to qualify for this alternate tuition rate. You should check with your department to see which exam they require – or which exam they recommend – for the graduate program to which you are applying.
3 Your score report from taking the exam should list both a score and a percentile rank of that score. The average and distribution of scores for a particular exam may vary over time, and the scaling of scores for a particular exam may occasionally be altered, so the percentile rank – which portrays the individual's score in relation to the scores of all test takers – is what is significant for determining eligibility for this alternate tuition rate.