Here's my situation. I have a high GPA at a very well known university, three research internships (including an REU and SULI,) a senior thesis, a potential publication, and strong recommendation letters. My physics GRE score for the September test? 510. BEYOND terrible. I'm taking it again but to be honest I'm not expecting to do much better, I studied pretty religiously for the September test and obviously it didn't help much so I'm not sure what more I can do. I'm very concerned about the cost of applying to graduate school. Right now I'm looking at University of Chicago, Michigan State, University of Hawaii, Wisconsin Madison, George Washington University, and UC San Diego, all for nuclear/nuclear-particle astrophysics. If my GRE scores are going to prohibit me from getting in to any of these schools, I want to know so I can consider other options because application fees are a huge expense. Does anyone have any advice? I'm also applying for the NSF graduate fellowship which I'm told I'm a good candidate for, and that doesn't look at GREs. What if I get the fellowship and don't get in to grad school anywhere?