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.

Fee Assistance Program award approval is tied directly to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' poverty level guidelines. In 2017, you will be granted fee assistance if each household reported on your application has a 2016 total family income that is 300 percent or less than the 2016 national poverty level for that family size.

2016 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and The District of Columbia

Persons in Family/Household

FAP Poverty Guideline*

1

$35,640

2

$48,060

3

$60,480

4

$72,900

5

$85,320

6

$97,740

7

$110,190

8

$122,670

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

*For households with more than 8 persons, add $12,480 for each additional person.

2016 Poverty Guidelines for Alaska

Family Size

FAP Poverty Guideline*

1

$44,520

2

$60,060

3

$75,600

4

$91,140

5

$106,680

6

$122,220

7

$137,760

8

$153,360

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

*For households with more than 8 persons, add $15,600 for each additional person.

2016 Poverty Guidelines for Hawaii

Family Size

FAP Poverty Guideline*

1

$41,010

2

$55,290

3

$69,570

4

$83,850

5

$98,130

6

$112,410

7

$126,690

8

$141,030

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

*For households with more than 8 persons, add $14,340 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 award includes access to the Medical School Admission Requirements® website, the MCAT® exam, and AMCAS benefits. 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 benefits are never retroactive.

Program Status
The 2017 Fee Assistance Program application is currently 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.

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
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Washington, DC 20001

Fax: 202-828-1120

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