Who Is Eligible to Participate in the Fee Assistance Program?

Learn the eligibility requirements for the Fee Assistance Program, including citizenship status, parental information, award limits, and benefits.

You are eligible for the Fee Assistance Program only if you are a U.S. citizen, U.S. National, a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the United States ("Green Card" holder), or have been granted refugee/asylum or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. government.

Canadian MCAT examinees interested in the Canadian Fee Assistance Program - Learn more about the eligibility criteria and application process and deadlines by visiting AFMC’s website . (English website)

Fee Assistance Program award approval is tied directly to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' poverty level guidelines. In 2018, you will be granted fee assistance if each household reported on your application has a 2017 total family income that is 300 percent or less than the 2017 national poverty level for that family size.

2017 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and The District of Columbia

Persons in Family/Household

Fee Assistance Program Poverty Guideline*

1

$36,180

2

$48,720

3

$61,260

4

$73,800

5

$86,340

6

$98,880

7

$111,420

8

$123,960

Source: https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines

*For households with more than 8 persons, add $12,540 for each additional person.

2017 Poverty Guidelines for Alaska

Family Size

Fee Assistance Program Poverty Guideline*

1                

$45,180

2

$60,870

3

$76,560

4

$92,250

5

$107,940

6

$123,630

7

$139,320

8

$155,010

Source: https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines

*For households with more than 8 persons, add $15,690 for each additional person.

2017 Poverty Guidelines for Hawaii

Family Size

Fee Assistance Program Poverty Guideline*

1

$41,580

2

$56,010

3

$70,440

4

$84,870

5

$99,300

6

$113,730

7

$128,160

8

$142,590

Source: https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines

*For households with more than 8 persons, add $14,430 for each additional person

Other Eligibility Requirements

Parental Information

The Fee Assistance Program, unlike some federally funded programs, does not draw distinctions based on your dependent or independent status for tax purposes, therefore, parental financial information and supporting tax documentation are required. Parental information is viewed independently from applicant data, but must also fall within eligibility guidelines. This requirement cannot be waived on the basis of your marital status, age, or tax filing status.

Award Limits

You may be awarded fee assistance a maximum of five (5) times during your lifetime. This restriction enables other examinees and applicants to also benefit from this program.

Benefits

Each Fee Assistance Program award includes access to the Medical School Admission Requirements® (MSAR) website, reduced MCAT Exam registration fees and practice materials, assistance in paying for an updated psycho-educational or medical evaluation if required to support an MCAT accommodations application, and reduced AMCAS application fees. Your benefits will expire on December 31 of the calendar year after you receive your award, regardless of when in the year your application was approved.

If you apply and receive fee assistance during two consecutive calendar years, any unused benefits from your first award will expire as soon as your new award is approved.

Fee Assistance Program benefits are not retroactive.  You should not submit MCAT registration materials or an AMCAS application until your fee assistance request has completed processing and has either been approved or denied.  If you do submit an MCAT registration, AMCAS application, or other such materials with the full service fees, you will not be issued a refund of those fees if your Fee Assistance Program application is later approved.  The AAMC is not responsible for any MCAT registration deadlines or AMCAS application deadline you miss while waiting for the review of your Fee Assistance Program application.

Program Status
The 2018 Fee Assistance Program application is now open.

The Fee Assistance Program Application Tutorial

This tutorial provides important information about the Fee Assistance Program and key steps to complete the application, including necessary financial documents you will need to apply.

2018 Fee Assistance Program Essentials

This Fee Assistance Program guide is the first step in applying. This is required reading before completing your AAMC Fee Assistance Program application and necessary for a smooth application process.

Financial Aid Resources

The AAMC's FIRST (Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools) program provides free resources to help you make wise financial decisions. 

Contact the Fee Assistance Program

AAMC
Attn: Fee Assistance Program
655 K Street N.W., Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001

Fax: 202-828-1120

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Canadian Fee Assistance Program:
Questions? Visit AFMC’s website at - www.afmc.ca/en/mcat-fee-assistance-program

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. ET, Closed Wednesday, 3-5 p.m. ET