What You Need to Apply

The Fee Assistance Program application asks for general information and financial information about you, your spouse (if applicable), and all of your living parents. Unless they are deceased, parental information is required regardless of your age, tax filing status (dependent or independent), marital status, parent(s) country of residence, or your parent’s unwillingness to provide financial information.

Required Supporting Documentation

If your submitted Fee Assistance Program application meets the eligibility requirements, you'll receive an email asking you to submit financial documentation to verify your and your parents' incomes. Within your submitted application, you will find your Consent and Certification Form(s), which will also list the documents you must submit. Other documentation may be required based on the financial information you provide.

All tax filers must provide a copy of their IRS Federal Income Tax Forms (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, etc.) for the previous calendar year. Non-tax filers are required to provide copies of W-2 or 1099 forms for the previous calendar year. If you received financial aid or scholarships, you must provide a copy of your Financial Aid Award Letter and a Cost of Attendance information.

Upload any required documentation to your application. Sign in to your Fee Assistance Program application and view the Next Steps section for uploading instructions. If you are unable to upload the documents they may be mailed. Be sure to mail all required documents for each household.

All required supporting documentation must be accompanied by a signed Consent and Certification Form. Once your application is "Submitted and On Hold", sign in to your application and click on the Next Steps section to access this document.

Once all of your documents are received, allow up to seven (7) business days for the AAMC to grant a final decision.

Click on the following sections to learn more about the types of supporting documentation you may need to provide:

This documentation may vary, but must be official and state the amount of income received in the form of Alimony or Spousal Support. This document is not required for applicants or parents who have filed their Federal Tax Returns.

This documentation may vary, but must be official and state the amount of financial assistance received in the form of child support.

A version of this form will be generated for each household identified in your application. Print the form after you submit your application. Upload each signed Consent and Certification Statement to the corresponding household section of your application.

Signatures are required for all living parents and parent’s spouse (if applicable). Typed signatures are not accepted. Remember, even if you live with your parent(s), you are considered your own household.
To meet the supporting documentation requirements, you must submit all Consent and Certification Forms, each with the required signature(s) for that form. Your application is considered incomplete and will not be processed without them.

If you make any errors on your submitted Fee Assistance Program application, you must submit a description of the error and the correct information via an Error Explanation Letter. Unless requested by Fee Assistance Program, this document is not necessary to correct family size and income errors. You must sign this letter, typed signatures are not accepted.

Your Financial Aid Award Letter must include your school's name, the full amount of financial aid you received, and the breakdown of the cost of attendance as provided by your school (if the cost of attendance is not included on your Financial Aid Award letter, it can usually be located and printed from your school's website). Financial Aid award letters must be for the academic year specified on the Consent and Certification Form.
Documents that will not be accepted include (but are not limited to) Form 1098-T Tuition Statement, semester bills, loan statements, and FAFSA documentation.
The Fee Assistance Program only considers the portion of your financial aid awarded for living expenses (room and board, transportation, etc.) as income. Aid awarded for educational expenses (tuition, fees, and books) are excluded from your total income calculation.

This letter is required if you, your spouse (if applicable), or your parent(s) received a cash or other monetary gift of $200 or more. Use this template. This letter must be signed, typed signatures are not accepted.

This letter is required if you, your spouse (if applicable), or your parents earned income while residing in a foreign country. Use this template. This letter must be signed, typed signatures are not accepted.

This letter is required if you were provided housing or food (for example, you lived at home with a parent). Use this template. The same requirement applies if your parents received housing assistance or if you received housing assistance from a non-family member.  This letter must be signed, typed signatures are not accepted.

The "fair market rate" can generally be determined by assigning a percentage of the total rent or mortgage that you or your parents would have contributed, plus a fair value for food. This should not be confused with housing and food assistance received through welfare or financial aid.

Any variety of the IRS 1040 tax return form (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ) that you filed with the IRS. The document must display the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) and any dependents claimed. The AAMC does not need any of the Schedules or Forms associated with the tax return, only the IRS 1040 Federal Tax form is required. Do not provide this document if it has not been filed with the IRS.

You must provide documentation about any income you or your parents' received from sources other than those detailed in the financial documents you have already submitted in support of your application. Please list the source and the amount of income received. If no formal document is available from the source, then please submit a signed letter with the required details. No template is provided for this documentation.
This documentation is provided by the Social Security Administration and details any social security funds received during the previous tax year. Some Social Security documents outline the amount of income that you or your parents will receive in the upcoming tax year, so be sure to verify that the income listed is for the previous tax year.

W-2 Wage and Tax Statement form and/or any 1099 form. This is provided by your employer and is typically available on or before January 31 of each year. The AAMC will not accept a paystub in place of this document.

Welfare statements are typically provided by a welfare agency and may vary by agency, city, county, or state. The documentation provided must be official and include the amount of income received in the form of welfare in the previous tax year.
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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