Eligibility

Am I eligible for the Fee Assistance Program?

  • Fee Assistance Program eligibility decisions are tied directly to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' poverty level guidelines. For the previous calendar year, applicants whose total family income is 300 percent or less of the poverty level for their family size will be approved for fee assistance.
     
  • In addition, you are eligible for the Fee Assistance Program only if you are a U.S. citizen or U.S. national; (2) be a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) of the United States ("Green Card" holder); or (3) have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), refugee, or asylum status by the U.S. government.

Am I eligible for the Fee Assistance Program?

  • Fee Assistance Program eligibility decisions are tied directly to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' poverty level guidelines. For the previous calendar year, applicants whose total family income is 300 percent or less of the poverty level for their family size will be approved for fee assistance.
     
  • In addition, you are eligible for the Fee Assistance Program only if you are a U.S. citizen or U.S. national; (2) be a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) of the United States ("Green Card" holder); or (3) have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), refugee, or asylum status by the U.S. government.

I am international student studying in the US. Am I eligible for fee assistance?

To be eligible for the AAMC's Fee Assistance Program, you must (1) be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national; (2) be a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) of the United States ("Green Card" holder); or (3) have  been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), refugee, or asylum status by the U.S. government.  If you do not fit into one of these categories, you will not be eligible for fee assistance.

I am international student studying in the US. Am I eligible for fee assistance?

To be eligible for the AAMC's Fee Assistance Program, you must (1) be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national; (2) be a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) of the United States ("Green Card" holder); or (3) have  been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), refugee, or asylum status by the U.S. government.  If you do not fit into one of these categories, you will not be eligible for fee assistance.

I am in the US under a student visa, or other visa type. Am I eligible for fee assistance?

No, to be eligible for the AAMC's Fee Assistance Program, you must (1) be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national; (2) be a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) of the United States ("Green Card" holder); or (3) have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), refugee, or asylum status by the U.S. government. 

I am in the US under a student visa, or other visa type. Am I eligible for fee assistance?

No, to be eligible for the AAMC's Fee Assistance Program, you must (1) be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national; (2) be a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) of the United States ("Green Card" holder); or (3) have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), refugee, or asylum status by the U.S. government. 

How many times can I receive Fee Assistance Program benefits?

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.

How many times can I receive Fee Assistance Program benefits?

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.

I was told that I am not eligible for Fee Assistance Program, but I was not able to login and complete a new application. Why did this happen?

There are two reasons that this may occur.

  • You have already received Fee Assistance Program five (5) times in your lifetime.  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.

 

  • You have a previous Fee Assistance Program application with a confirmed investigation.  If a previous Fee Assistance Program application resulted in an investigation, you will not be able to apply for Fee Assistance Program in future applications.

I was told that I am not eligible for Fee Assistance Program, but I was not able to login and complete a new application. Why did this happen?

There are two reasons that this may occur.

  • You have already received Fee Assistance Program five (5) times in your lifetime.  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.

 

  • You have a previous Fee Assistance Program application with a confirmed investigation.  If a previous Fee Assistance Program application resulted in an investigation, you will not be able to apply for Fee Assistance Program in future applications.

My income is below the poverty guidelines, why was I denied?

There are two common reasons that your application will be denied in this case: 

  • Your parent(s) income did not meet eligibility requirements.  Parental financial information is viewed independently from applicant data, but must also fall within eligibility guidelines. If your parent(s)’ household income exceeds 300% of the national poverty level for their family size, you will not be eligible for fee assistance. 
     
  • The income or family size for yourself or your parent(s) is incorrect.  It would be a good idea to compare the income levels you entered against the official tax documentation you were planning to submit.  If you find that you incorrectly entered this data, please contact AAMC Services at 202-828-0600, or by email at fap@aamc.org

My income is below the poverty guidelines, why was I denied?

There are two common reasons that your application will be denied in this case: 

  • Your parent(s) income did not meet eligibility requirements.  Parental financial information is viewed independently from applicant data, but must also fall within eligibility guidelines. If your parent(s)’ household income exceeds 300% of the national poverty level for their family size, you will not be eligible for fee assistance. 
     
  • The income or family size for yourself or your parent(s) is incorrect.  It would be a good idea to compare the income levels you entered against the official tax documentation you were planning to submit.  If you find that you incorrectly entered this data, please contact AAMC Services at 202-828-0600, or by email at fap@aamc.org

Benefits

What are the Fee Assistance Program benefits?

The Fee Assistance Program benefits are subject to change. If you are approved for fee assistance during the 2017 calendar year, you will receive the following:

 

MCAT Benefits

Medical School Admission Requirements Benefits

AMCAS Benefits

  • Waiver for all AMCAS fees for one (1) application submission with up to 16 medical school designations ($730 value), submitted by December 31, 2018.

Additional fees will be charged for each medical school designation beyond the initial set of 16.

 

Learn More About Fee Assistance Program Benefits

What are the Fee Assistance Program benefits?

The Fee Assistance Program benefits are subject to change. If you are approved for fee assistance during the 2017 calendar year, you will receive the following:

 

MCAT Benefits

Medical School Admission Requirements Benefits

AMCAS Benefits

  • Waiver for all AMCAS fees for one (1) application submission with up to 16 medical school designations ($730 value), submitted by December 31, 2018.

Additional fees will be charged for each medical school designation beyond the initial set of 16.

 

Learn More About Fee Assistance Program Benefits

How many times can I receive Fee Assistance Program benefits?

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.

How many times can I receive Fee Assistance Program benefits?

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.

When do the Fee Assistance Program benefits expire?

You will be able to use your Fee Assistance Program award benefits for up to two calendar years. Benefits will expire on December 31, the year after they are awarded regardless of when in the year you apply for, and receive, the award.

For example:

If your application is approved: Your benefits expire:
Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2016 December 31, 2017
Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017 December 31, 2018
Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2018 December 31, 2019

 

Other program specific limitations will also apply:

AMCAS Benefits

Your waiver can be used to submit one (1) AMCAS application with up to 16 medical school designations.  Once you have used your fee waiver, and all 16 medical school designations, your AMCAS benefits will expire.  To submit a new AMCAS application with a fee waiver, you must first submit a new FAP application for approval.

Unused medical school designations do not carry over to the next AMCAS application cycle, even if the next application cycle falls within two calendar years of your FAP approval.

 

MCAT Test Prep Benefits

MCAT test prep benefits can only be awarded once in your lifetime, regardless of how many times you apply for FAP benefits, or if you did not activate your benefits prior to expiring.

 

Once you have decided to receive your MCAT preparation products, you will have until the end of the next calendar year to activate them (for example, all codes distributed in 2017 will expire on December 31, 2018). Once the products are activated, they will expire either when you utilize all “starts,” or after one year, whichever is sooner.

When do the Fee Assistance Program benefits expire?

You will be able to use your Fee Assistance Program award benefits for up to two calendar years. Benefits will expire on December 31, the year after they are awarded regardless of when in the year you apply for, and receive, the award.

For example:

If your application is approved: Your benefits expire:
Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2016 December 31, 2017
Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017 December 31, 2018
Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2018 December 31, 2019

 

Other program specific limitations will also apply:

AMCAS Benefits

Your waiver can be used to submit one (1) AMCAS application with up to 16 medical school designations.  Once you have used your fee waiver, and all 16 medical school designations, your AMCAS benefits will expire.  To submit a new AMCAS application with a fee waiver, you must first submit a new FAP application for approval.

Unused medical school designations do not carry over to the next AMCAS application cycle, even if the next application cycle falls within two calendar years of your FAP approval.

 

MCAT Test Prep Benefits

MCAT test prep benefits can only be awarded once in your lifetime, regardless of how many times you apply for FAP benefits, or if you did not activate your benefits prior to expiring.

 

Once you have decided to receive your MCAT preparation products, you will have until the end of the next calendar year to activate them (for example, all codes distributed in 2017 will expire on December 31, 2018). Once the products are activated, they will expire either when you utilize all “starts,” or after one year, whichever is sooner.

Why didn’t I get the new MCAT test preparation materials with my Fee Assistance approval?

There are several reasons that you may not receive MCAT test preparation materials with your Fee Assistance Program approval:

  • The email containing your benefits was flagged by your spam filter.  Check your SPAM inbox and make sure that your email service accepts emails from fap@aamc.org.
     
  • The email or mailing address you entered is incorrect or has changed.  The materials are sent to the contact information you enter on the Fee Assistance Program application, so it is vital that we have the correct information. You can view your contact information by logging into your Fee Assistance Program application and selecting the “Application Summary” section. 
     
  • You did not indicate that you wish to receive MCAT Test Prep benefits.  If you answered “No” to the question “Do you wish to receive MCAT test preparation materials?” you will not receive MCAT prep benefits. You can verify your response to this question by logging in to your Fee Assistance Program application.  If you initially answered “No”, you will have an opportunity to change your response to “Yes” and receive your benefits.
     
  • You received MCAT Test Prep benefits in a previous Fee Assistance Program award.  As MCAT test preparation materials are only available to Fee Assistance Program awardees once in their lifetime, you would not receive this benefit with subsequent awards.

Why didn’t I get the new MCAT test preparation materials with my Fee Assistance approval?

There are several reasons that you may not receive MCAT test preparation materials with your Fee Assistance Program approval:

  • The email containing your benefits was flagged by your spam filter.  Check your SPAM inbox and make sure that your email service accepts emails from fap@aamc.org.
     
  • The email or mailing address you entered is incorrect or has changed.  The materials are sent to the contact information you enter on the Fee Assistance Program application, so it is vital that we have the correct information. You can view your contact information by logging into your Fee Assistance Program application and selecting the “Application Summary” section. 
     
  • You did not indicate that you wish to receive MCAT Test Prep benefits.  If you answered “No” to the question “Do you wish to receive MCAT test preparation materials?” you will not receive MCAT prep benefits. You can verify your response to this question by logging in to your Fee Assistance Program application.  If you initially answered “No”, you will have an opportunity to change your response to “Yes” and receive your benefits.
     
  • You received MCAT Test Prep benefits in a previous Fee Assistance Program award.  As MCAT test preparation materials are only available to Fee Assistance Program awardees once in their lifetime, you would not receive this benefit with subsequent awards.

Why haven’t I received the Official Guide to the MCAT Exam following my Fee Assistance Program approval?

Please allow three (3) weeks to receive your guide in the mail.If you are sure you elected to receive this benefit, and the address you entered in your Fee Assistance Program application is correct, you should anticipate receiving your guide within this time.

 

Verify that you provided the correct address in your Fee Assistance Program application.The guide will only be sent to the address you provided in the application.A new guide will not be sent to an updated address.

 

Verify that you elected to receive your MCAT test prep benefits.  If you answered “No” to the question “Do you wish to receive MCAT test preparation materials?” you will not receive a copy of the official guide. You can verify your response to this question by logging in to your Fee Assistance Program application. If you initially answered “No”, you will have an opportunity to change your response to “Yes” and receive your benefits.

 

Please note, the MCAT preparation benefits are only provided once in a person’s lifetime.  If you have received the Official guide to the MCAT Exam with a previous Fee Assistance Program award, you should not anticipate receiving a new guide.

Why haven’t I received the Official Guide to the MCAT Exam following my Fee Assistance Program approval?

Please allow three (3) weeks to receive your guide in the mail.If you are sure you elected to receive this benefit, and the address you entered in your Fee Assistance Program application is correct, you should anticipate receiving your guide within this time.

 

Verify that you provided the correct address in your Fee Assistance Program application.The guide will only be sent to the address you provided in the application.A new guide will not be sent to an updated address.

 

Verify that you elected to receive your MCAT test prep benefits.  If you answered “No” to the question “Do you wish to receive MCAT test preparation materials?” you will not receive a copy of the official guide. You can verify your response to this question by logging in to your Fee Assistance Program application. If you initially answered “No”, you will have an opportunity to change your response to “Yes” and receive your benefits.

 

Please note, the MCAT preparation benefits are only provided once in a person’s lifetime.  If you have received the Official guide to the MCAT Exam with a previous Fee Assistance Program award, you should not anticipate receiving a new guide.

I have used my Fee Assistance Program award to submit an AMCAS application. Can I use this same award to submit a new application?

Your Fee Assistance Program approval award may be used for one (1) AMCAS application for up to 16 medical school designations. You will not be able to transfer unused medical school designations to future AMCAS applications.To receive a fee waiver for a new AMCAS application, you must submit a new Fee Assistance Program application for review. If your new Fee Assistance Program application is approved, you will receive new benefits that can be applied to your AMCAS application.

I have used my Fee Assistance Program award to submit an AMCAS application. Can I use this same award to submit a new application?

Your Fee Assistance Program approval award may be used for one (1) AMCAS application for up to 16 medical school designations. You will not be able to transfer unused medical school designations to future AMCAS applications.To receive a fee waiver for a new AMCAS application, you must submit a new Fee Assistance Program application for review. If your new Fee Assistance Program application is approved, you will receive new benefits that can be applied to your AMCAS application.

Why am I being charged for my AMCAS application, but my Fee Assistance Program benefits are still active?

There are a few reasons that your fee waiver will not work with your AMCAS submission:

  • You submitted your AMCAS application prior to receiving your Fee Assistance Program award.  Fee Assistance Program benefits are not retroactive.  If you paid to submit your AMCAS application prior to receiving your Fee Assistance Program award, you will not be able to use your AMCAS benefit for that application. 

 

  • You already utilized your AMCAS benefit to submit a previous AMCAS application.The AMCAS fee waiver, and medical school designations, can only be applied to one (1) AMCAS application.  If you utilized your award, or partial award, for a previous AMCAS application cycle, you will need to reapply for Fee Assistance Program benefits to receive a new waiver. Unused medical school designations cannot be transferred from one AMCAS application to another.

Why am I being charged for my AMCAS application, but my Fee Assistance Program benefits are still active?

There are a few reasons that your fee waiver will not work with your AMCAS submission:

  • You submitted your AMCAS application prior to receiving your Fee Assistance Program award.  Fee Assistance Program benefits are not retroactive.  If you paid to submit your AMCAS application prior to receiving your Fee Assistance Program award, you will not be able to use your AMCAS benefit for that application. 

 

  • You already utilized your AMCAS benefit to submit a previous AMCAS application.The AMCAS fee waiver, and medical school designations, can only be applied to one (1) AMCAS application.  If you utilized your award, or partial award, for a previous AMCAS application cycle, you will need to reapply for Fee Assistance Program benefits to receive a new waiver. Unused medical school designations cannot be transferred from one AMCAS application to another.

Can I use the same AMCAS Fee Assistance Program award benefit for two consecutive application cycles?

No, AMCAS benefits (submission fee waiver and 16 medical school designations) can only be applied to one (1) AMCAS application. Once the benefit is applied to that application, it cannot be utilized on other AMCAS applications. Unused medical school designations cannot be transferred from one AMCAS application to another.

Can I use the same AMCAS Fee Assistance Program award benefit for two consecutive application cycles?

No, AMCAS benefits (submission fee waiver and 16 medical school designations) can only be applied to one (1) AMCAS application. Once the benefit is applied to that application, it cannot be utilized on other AMCAS applications. Unused medical school designations cannot be transferred from one AMCAS application to another.

Do unused medical school designations roll over to the next AMCAS application year?

No, AMCAS medical school designations do not roll over to the next AMCAS application year. You will need to reapply for Fee Assistance Program benefits in order to submit a new AMCAS application with updated medical school designations.

 

Do unused medical school designations roll over to the next AMCAS application year?

No, AMCAS medical school designations do not roll over to the next AMCAS application year. You will need to reapply for Fee Assistance Program benefits in order to submit a new AMCAS application with updated medical school designations.

 

Applicant Information

I am an international student in the U.S. under a student visa or other visa type. Why can't I proceed beyond the Applicant Information section?

To complete the application for the AAMC's Fee Assistance Program and to go beyond the Applicant Information section you must be eligible for the program. To be eligible you must (1) be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national; (2) be a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) of the United States ("Green Card" holder); or (3) have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), refugee, or asylum status by the U.S. government.  If you do not fit into one of these categories, you will not be eligible for fee assistance.

I am an international student in the U.S. under a student visa or other visa type. Why can't I proceed beyond the Applicant Information section?

To complete the application for the AAMC's Fee Assistance Program and to go beyond the Applicant Information section you must be eligible for the program. To be eligible you must (1) be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national; (2) be a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) of the United States ("Green Card" holder); or (3) have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), refugee, or asylum status by the U.S. government.  If you do not fit into one of these categories, you will not be eligible for fee assistance.

Can I change the date of birth I entered in my application?

It is not necessary that your date of birth be accurate to receive approval for Fee Assistance Program.  Further, an incorrect date of birth will not result in an investigation.  However, if you feel that this information needs to be updated, you may contact us at fap@aamc.org, or by phone at 202-828-0600, to request an update.

Can I change the date of birth I entered in my application?

It is not necessary that your date of birth be accurate to receive approval for Fee Assistance Program.  Further, an incorrect date of birth will not result in an investigation.  However, if you feel that this information needs to be updated, you may contact us at fap@aamc.org, or by phone at 202-828-0600, to request an update.

Applicant Financial

How do I determine my family size?

To calculate your family size, add ‘1’ for yourself, ‘1’ for your spouse (if applicable), and ‘1’ for each dependent you listed on your IRS 1040 Federal tax return for last year.If you do not have a spouse, or any dependents, you should list your family size as 1.

How do I determine my family size?

To calculate your family size, add ‘1’ for yourself, ‘1’ for your spouse (if applicable), and ‘1’ for each dependent you listed on your IRS 1040 Federal tax return for last year.If you do not have a spouse, or any dependents, you should list your family size as 1.

I live at home with my parents. Do I include them in my family size?

No, unless your parents are listed as dependents on your IRS 1040 Federal tax return for last year, you should not include them in your family size.If you are single, with no dependents or spouse, you should enter a family size of 1.

I live at home with my parents. Do I include them in my family size?

No, unless your parents are listed as dependents on your IRS 1040 Federal tax return for last year, you should not include them in your family size.If you are single, with no dependents or spouse, you should enter a family size of 1.

My parent(s) entered me as a dependent on their 1040. Am I required to complete the Applicant Financial section?

Yes, our financial information will be required regardless of dependent or independent status.

My parent(s) entered me as a dependent on their 1040. Am I required to complete the Applicant Financial section?

Yes, our financial information will be required regardless of dependent or independent status.

I have not received my W-2/1099 forms yet. What information can I provide?

You can enter an estimated amount in this field. Fee Assistance Program staff will be able to enter the correct amount when they review your application and supporting documentation.

I have not received my W-2/1099 forms yet. What information can I provide?

You can enter an estimated amount in this field. Fee Assistance Program staff will be able to enter the correct amount when they review your application and supporting documentation.

I have to wait to file my taxes. What information can I provide?

You can enter an estimated amount in this field. Fee Assistance Program staff will be able to enter the correct amount when they review your application and supporting documentation.

I have to wait to file my taxes. What information can I provide?

You can enter an estimated amount in this field. Fee Assistance Program staff will be able to enter the correct amount when they review your application and supporting documentation.

I live and work in another country. How do I report my income?

You can report this income by answering “Yes” to the question “Did you and/or your spouse receive income from work or other sources while residing in a country outside the United States?” After selecting “Yes”, you will be able to enter the income in the data entry field labeled “Enter total Foreign Income received converted to US Dollars.”You will need to convert the income you earned into US dollars and enter it in this line.

I live and work in another country. How do I report my income?

You can report this income by answering “Yes” to the question “Did you and/or your spouse receive income from work or other sources while residing in a country outside the United States?” After selecting “Yes”, you will be able to enter the income in the data entry field labeled “Enter total Foreign Income received converted to US Dollars.”You will need to convert the income you earned into US dollars and enter it in this line.

I do not work and have no income to report. How do I complete this application?

You will not be able to submit a Fee Assistance Program application with no income reported.If you did not work, there may be other sources of income that you can provide:

  • Financial Gifts of $200 or more
  • Financial Aid provided above the cost of tuition, books and fees (example, the amount provided for room and board)
  • Housing and food assistance provided by a friend or family member.  For example, if you lived in your parent(s) house without contributing to the mortgage or rent, your potential share of the mortgage or rent could be considered income.
  • Income earned while residing in another country may not be reported to the IRS, but can be entered in the application.
  • Social security benefits
  • Federal, State and Local Welfare
  • Child support
  • Alimony or spousal support
  • Income or Financial support from other sources not listed in the application.

I do not work and have no income to report. How do I complete this application?

You will not be able to submit a Fee Assistance Program application with no income reported.If you did not work, there may be other sources of income that you can provide:

  • Financial Gifts of $200 or more
  • Financial Aid provided above the cost of tuition, books and fees (example, the amount provided for room and board)
  • Housing and food assistance provided by a friend or family member.  For example, if you lived in your parent(s) house without contributing to the mortgage or rent, your potential share of the mortgage or rent could be considered income.
  • Income earned while residing in another country may not be reported to the IRS, but can be entered in the application.
  • Social security benefits
  • Federal, State and Local Welfare
  • Child support
  • Alimony or spousal support
  • Income or Financial support from other sources not listed in the application.

Can I use financial information from a different tax year?

No, all financial information reported must be from the previous tax year.

Can I use financial information from a different tax year?

No, all financial information reported must be from the previous tax year.

I have not received my tax documents, or other statements, to fill in the application. Do I need to put in the exact amount of total income received?

No, it is fine to put in an estimate of the income received. Fee Assistance Program staff will make any corrections necessary when the supporting documentation is reviewed. However, it is important that you report income from all sources and that you do not enter an income that is significantly different than what you actually received.

I have not received my tax documents, or other statements, to fill in the application. Do I need to put in the exact amount of total income received?

No, it is fine to put in an estimate of the income received. Fee Assistance Program staff will make any corrections necessary when the supporting documentation is reviewed. However, it is important that you report income from all sources and that you do not enter an income that is significantly different than what you actually received.

Is housing and food assistance the same as welfare?

No, housing and food assistance should not be confused with any welfare program, or room and board provided through financial aid.Housing and food assistance is provided when a family member, or friend, provides free housing and groceries. For example, if a friend allowed you to stay in a spare room in their apartment, without requiring rent, then your friend provided you with housing assistance.

To determine the value of the housing assistance, you would determine the amount you would have paid in rent and multiply it by the number of months you stayed with your friend or family member. For example, your friend provides you with housing assistance by allowing you to stay in their apartment rent free. Your friend pays $800 a month for rent.If you paid your share of that rent, you would owe $400 each month.You stayed in the apartment for 6 months. As this is the case, your housing assistance would be the amount of the rent you would have paid ($400) X the number of months you stayed in the apartment (6).In this example, your overall housing assistance is $2400 ($400 x 6 Months = $2400).

Is housing and food assistance the same as welfare?

No, housing and food assistance should not be confused with any welfare program, or room and board provided through financial aid.Housing and food assistance is provided when a family member, or friend, provides free housing and groceries. For example, if a friend allowed you to stay in a spare room in their apartment, without requiring rent, then your friend provided you with housing assistance.

To determine the value of the housing assistance, you would determine the amount you would have paid in rent and multiply it by the number of months you stayed with your friend or family member. For example, your friend provides you with housing assistance by allowing you to stay in their apartment rent free. Your friend pays $800 a month for rent.If you paid your share of that rent, you would owe $400 each month.You stayed in the apartment for 6 months. As this is the case, your housing assistance would be the amount of the rent you would have paid ($400) X the number of months you stayed in the apartment (6).In this example, your overall housing assistance is $2400 ($400 x 6 Months = $2400).

Why can’t I finish Applicant Financial section without entering income?

You will be required to report any form of income from the previous tax year. This requirement is built into the Fee Assistance Program application and you will not be permitted to move on to the next section until an amount is entered for one or more of the income categories listed.

If you did not work, there may be other sources of income you can provide:

  • Financial Gifts of $200 or more
  • Financial Aid provided above the cost of tuition, books and fees (example, the amount provided for room and board)
  • Housing and food assistance provided by a friend or family member.  For example, if you lived in your parent(s) house without contributing to the mortgage or rent, your potential share of the mortgage or rent could be considered income.
  • Income earned while residing in another country may not be reported to the IRS, but can be entered in the application.
  • Social security benefits
  • Federal, State and Local Welfare
  • Child support
  • Alimony or spousal support
  • Income or Financial support from other sources not listed in the application.

Why can’t I finish Applicant Financial section without entering income?

You will be required to report any form of income from the previous tax year. This requirement is built into the Fee Assistance Program application and you will not be permitted to move on to the next section until an amount is entered for one or more of the income categories listed.

If you did not work, there may be other sources of income you can provide:

  • Financial Gifts of $200 or more
  • Financial Aid provided above the cost of tuition, books and fees (example, the amount provided for room and board)
  • Housing and food assistance provided by a friend or family member.  For example, if you lived in your parent(s) house without contributing to the mortgage or rent, your potential share of the mortgage or rent could be considered income.
  • Income earned while residing in another country may not be reported to the IRS, but can be entered in the application.
  • Social security benefits
  • Federal, State and Local Welfare
  • Child support
  • Alimony or spousal support
  • Income or Financial support from other sources not listed in the application.

How can I report technical issues and errors on the Fee Assistance Program application?

Please report any technical issues and/or errors to AAMC Services Contact Center at (202)828-0600, or by email at fap@aamc.org.

How can I report technical issues and errors on the Fee Assistance Program application?

Please report any technical issues and/or errors to AAMC Services Contact Center at (202)828-0600, or by email at fap@aamc.org.

Parent Information

Why does the Fee Assistance Program require financial information from my parents?

The AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program is privately funded and has established certain eligibility guidelines which may differ from federally funded aid programs.Unlike some federally funded programs, the Fee Assistance Program does not draw distinction based on your dependent or independent status, and therefore, parent financial information and supporting tax documentation are required portions of the application process for all applicants. 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, tax filing status (independent or dependent), parent(s) country of residence, or your parent(s) unwillingness to provide documentation. You will not be able to submit your application without inputting parental information.

Grandparents, foster parents, legal guardians, aunts, uncles, or other relatives are not considered parents.

Why does the Fee Assistance Program require financial information from my parents?

The AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program is privately funded and has established certain eligibility guidelines which may differ from federally funded aid programs.Unlike some federally funded programs, the Fee Assistance Program does not draw distinction based on your dependent or independent status, and therefore, parent financial information and supporting tax documentation are required portions of the application process for all applicants. 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, tax filing status (independent or dependent), parent(s) country of residence, or your parent(s) unwillingness to provide documentation. You will not be able to submit your application without inputting parental information.

Grandparents, foster parents, legal guardians, aunts, uncles, or other relatives are not considered parents.

My parents will not provide their financial information, how do I fill out this section?

Parent financial information and supporting tax documentation are required portions of the application process for all applicants. This requirement cannot be waived on a parent(s) unwillingness to provide financial information or documentation.

My parents will not provide their financial information, how do I fill out this section?

Parent financial information and supporting tax documentation are required portions of the application process for all applicants. This requirement cannot be waived on a parent(s) unwillingness to provide financial information or documentation.

I am financially independent from my parents. Do I need to fill out the Parent Financial section?

Yes, unlike some federally funded programs (such as FAFSA), the Fee Assistance Program does not draw distinction based on your dependent or independent status, and therefore, parent financial information and supporting tax documentation are required portions of the application process for all applicants.

This requirement cannot be waived on the basis of your marital status, age, tax filing status (independent or dependent), parent(s) country of residence, or your parent(s) unwillingness to provide documentation. You will not be able to submit your application without inputting parental information.

I am financially independent from my parents. Do I need to fill out the Parent Financial section?

Yes, unlike some federally funded programs (such as FAFSA), the Fee Assistance Program does not draw distinction based on your dependent or independent status, and therefore, parent financial information and supporting tax documentation are required portions of the application process for all applicants.

This requirement cannot be waived on the basis of your marital status, age, tax filing status (independent or dependent), parent(s) country of residence, or your parent(s) unwillingness to provide documentation. You will not be able to submit your application without inputting parental information.

FAFSA does not require my parent(s) financial information. Am I still required to provide my parent(s) information for the Fee Assistance Program?

Yes, unlike some federally funded programs (such as FAFSA), the Fee Assistance Program does not draw distinction based on your dependent or independent status, and therefore, parent financial information and supporting tax documentation are required portions of the application process for all applicants.

This requirement cannot be waived on the basis of your marital status, age, tax filing status (independent or dependent), parent(s) country of residence, or your parent(s) unwillingness to provide documentation. You will not be able to submit your application without inputting parental information.

FAFSA does not require my parent(s) financial information. Am I still required to provide my parent(s) information for the Fee Assistance Program?

Yes, unlike some federally funded programs (such as FAFSA), the Fee Assistance Program does not draw distinction based on your dependent or independent status, and therefore, parent financial information and supporting tax documentation are required portions of the application process for all applicants.

This requirement cannot be waived on the basis of your marital status, age, tax filing status (independent or dependent), parent(s) country of residence, or your parent(s) unwillingness to provide documentation. You will not be able to submit your application without inputting parental information.

My parents live in another country. Is their information still required?

Yes, your parents’ financial information will still be required to complete the application.There will be a section in the Financial Information section of your application that will allow you to enter the income your parents received while residing in another country.

My parents live in another country. Is their information still required?

Yes, your parents’ financial information will still be required to complete the application.There will be a section in the Financial Information section of your application that will allow you to enter the income your parents received while residing in another country.

I am legally emancipated from my parents. Is this information still required?

No, if you are able to provide official documentation that proves you are legally emancipated from your parent(s), we will accept it in lieu of your parent(s) information.  Please contact the AAMC Services Contact Center for more information: (202) 828-0600, or by email at fap@aamc.org.

I am legally emancipated from my parents. Is this information still required?

No, if you are able to provide official documentation that proves you are legally emancipated from your parent(s), we will accept it in lieu of your parent(s) information.  Please contact the AAMC Services Contact Center for more information: (202) 828-0600, or by email at fap@aamc.org.

I am a non-traditional student who is applying later in life than most applicants. Does this requirement apply to me?

Yes, this requirement cannot be waived on the basis of your marital status, age, tax filing status (independent or dependent), parent(s) country of residence, or your parent(s) unwillingness to provide documentation. You will not be able to submit your application without inputting parental information.

I am a non-traditional student who is applying later in life than most applicants. Does this requirement apply to me?

Yes, this requirement cannot be waived on the basis of your marital status, age, tax filing status (independent or dependent), parent(s) country of residence, or your parent(s) unwillingness to provide documentation. You will not be able to submit your application without inputting parental information.

My parents’ current marital status is different than it was during the tax year. What do I select for their marital status?

We require that you enter your parents’ marital status as of December 31st of the previous year.  Do not record your parents’ current marital status if it has changed since that date.

My parents’ current marital status is different than it was during the tax year. What do I select for their marital status?

We require that you enter your parents’ marital status as of December 31st of the previous year.  Do not record your parents’ current marital status if it has changed since that date.

Parent Financial

How do I determine my parent(s) family size?

To calculate your parent(s) family size, add ‘1’ for parent, ‘1’ for your parent’s spouse (if applicable), and ‘1’ for each dependent listed on your parent(s) IRS 1040 Federal tax return for last year.

How do I determine my parent(s) family size?

To calculate your parent(s) family size, add ‘1’ for parent, ‘1’ for your parent’s spouse (if applicable), and ‘1’ for each dependent listed on your parent(s) IRS 1040 Federal tax return for last year.

There are more people living in my parent(s) household than is reported on their 1040. What should I enter for their family size?

You should only include the number of dependents listed on your parent’s 1040. Do not include members of your family, or household, who your parents do not claim on their IRS 1040 Federal Tax Form.

There are more people living in my parent(s) household than is reported on their 1040. What should I enter for their family size?

You should only include the number of dependents listed on your parent’s 1040. Do not include members of your family, or household, who your parents do not claim on their IRS 1040 Federal Tax Form.

My parent(s) have not received their W2/1099 yet. What information can I provide?

You can enter an estimated amount in this field. Fee Assistance Program staff will be able to enter the correct amount when they review your application and supporting documentation.

My parent(s) have not received their W2/1099 yet. What information can I provide?

You can enter an estimated amount in this field. Fee Assistance Program staff will be able to enter the correct amount when they review your application and supporting documentation.

My parent(s) have to wait to file their taxes. What information can I provide?

You can enter an estimated amount in this field. Fee Assistance Program staff will be able to enter the correct amount when they review your application and supporting documentation.

My parent(s) have to wait to file their taxes. What information can I provide?

You can enter an estimated amount in this field. Fee Assistance Program staff will be able to enter the correct amount when they review your application and supporting documentation.

My parents live and work in another country. How do I report their income?

You can report this income by answering “Yes” to the question “Did your parent receive income from work or other sources while residing in a country outside the United States?” After selecting “Yes”, you will be able to enter the income in the data entry field labeled “Enter total Foreign Income received converted to US Dollars." You will need to convert the income you earned into US dollars and enter it in this line.

My parents live and work in another country. How do I report their income?

You can report this income by answering “Yes” to the question “Did your parent receive income from work or other sources while residing in a country outside the United States?” After selecting “Yes”, you will be able to enter the income in the data entry field labeled “Enter total Foreign Income received converted to US Dollars." You will need to convert the income you earned into US dollars and enter it in this line.

My parents do not work and do not have income to report. How do I complete this application?

You will not be able to submit a Fee Assistance Program application with no income reported for your parent(s). If your parent(s) did not work, there may be other sources of income that you can provide:

  • Financial Gifts of $200 or more
  • Housing and food assistance provided by a friend or family member.  For example, if you lived in your parent(s) house without contributing to the mortgage or rent, your potential share of the mortgage or rent could be considered income.
  • Income earned while residing in another country may not be reported to the IRS, but can be entered in the application.
  • Social security benefits
  • Federal, State and Local Welfare
  • Child support
  • Alimony or spousal support
  • Income or Financial support from other sources not listed in the application.

My parents do not work and do not have income to report. How do I complete this application?

You will not be able to submit a Fee Assistance Program application with no income reported for your parent(s). If your parent(s) did not work, there may be other sources of income that you can provide:

  • Financial Gifts of $200 or more
  • Housing and food assistance provided by a friend or family member.  For example, if you lived in your parent(s) house without contributing to the mortgage or rent, your potential share of the mortgage or rent could be considered income.
  • Income earned while residing in another country may not be reported to the IRS, but can be entered in the application.
  • Social security benefits
  • Federal, State and Local Welfare
  • Child support
  • Alimony or spousal support
  • Income or Financial support from other sources not listed in the application.

Can I use financial information from a different tax year?

No, all financial information reported must be from the previous tax year.

Can I use financial information from a different tax year?

No, all financial information reported must be from the previous tax year.

Do I need to put in the exact amount of total income received? My parents have not received their tax documents, or other statements, to fill in the application.

No, it is fine to put in an estimate of the income received. The Fee Assistance Program staff will make any corrections necessary when the supporting documentation is reviewed. It is important that you report income from all sources and that you do not enter an income that is significantly different than what your parent(s) actually received.

Do I need to put in the exact amount of total income received? My parents have not received their tax documents, or other statements, to fill in the application.

No, it is fine to put in an estimate of the income received. The Fee Assistance Program staff will make any corrections necessary when the supporting documentation is reviewed. It is important that you report income from all sources and that you do not enter an income that is significantly different than what your parent(s) actually received.

Is housing and food assistance the same as welfare?

No, housing and food assistance should not be confused with any welfare program, or room and board provided through financial aid.Housing and food assistance is provided when a family member, or friend, provides free housing and groceries.For example, if a friend allowed your parent(s) to stay in a spare room in their apartment, without requiring rent, then your parent(s) received housing assistance.

To determine the value of the housing assistance, you would determine the amount your parent(s) would have paid in rent and multiply it by the number of months your parent(s) stayed with a friend or family member.For example, your parent(s) friend provides them with housing assistance by allowing them to stay in their apartment rent free.Their friend pays $800 a month for rent.If your parent(s) paid their share of that rent, they would owe $400 each month.Your parent(s) stayed in the apartment for 6 months.As this is the case, your parent(s) housing assistance would be the amount of the rent they would have paid ($400) X the number of months they stayed in the apartment (6).In this example, your parent(s) overall housing assistance is $2400 ($400 x 6 Months = $2400).

Is housing and food assistance the same as welfare?

No, housing and food assistance should not be confused with any welfare program, or room and board provided through financial aid.Housing and food assistance is provided when a family member, or friend, provides free housing and groceries.For example, if a friend allowed your parent(s) to stay in a spare room in their apartment, without requiring rent, then your parent(s) received housing assistance.

To determine the value of the housing assistance, you would determine the amount your parent(s) would have paid in rent and multiply it by the number of months your parent(s) stayed with a friend or family member.For example, your parent(s) friend provides them with housing assistance by allowing them to stay in their apartment rent free.Their friend pays $800 a month for rent.If your parent(s) paid their share of that rent, they would owe $400 each month.Your parent(s) stayed in the apartment for 6 months.As this is the case, your parent(s) housing assistance would be the amount of the rent they would have paid ($400) X the number of months they stayed in the apartment (6).In this example, your parent(s) overall housing assistance is $2400 ($400 x 6 Months = $2400).

Why won’t the application allow me to proceed without entering income for my parent(s)?

You will be required to report any form of income from the previous tax year. This requirement is built into the Fee Assistance Program application and you will not be permitted to move on to the next section until an amount is entered for one or more of the income categories listed.

If your parent(s) did not work, there may be other sources of income they can provide:

  • Financial Gifts of $200 or more
  • Financial Aid provided above the cost of tuition, books and fees (example, the amount provided for room and board)
  • Housing and food assistance provided by a friend or family member.  For example, if you lived in your parent(s) house without contributing to the mortgage or rent, your potential share of the mortgage or rent could be considered income.
  • Income earned while residing in another country may not be reported to the IRS, but can be entered in the application.
  • Social security benefits
  • Federal, State and Local Welfare
  • Child support
  • Alimony or spousal support
  • Income or Financial support from other sources not listed in the application.

Why won’t the application allow me to proceed without entering income for my parent(s)?

You will be required to report any form of income from the previous tax year. This requirement is built into the Fee Assistance Program application and you will not be permitted to move on to the next section until an amount is entered for one or more of the income categories listed.

If your parent(s) did not work, there may be other sources of income they can provide:

  • Financial Gifts of $200 or more
  • Financial Aid provided above the cost of tuition, books and fees (example, the amount provided for room and board)
  • Housing and food assistance provided by a friend or family member.  For example, if you lived in your parent(s) house without contributing to the mortgage or rent, your potential share of the mortgage or rent could be considered income.
  • Income earned while residing in another country may not be reported to the IRS, but can be entered in the application.
  • Social security benefits
  • Federal, State and Local Welfare
  • Child support
  • Alimony or spousal support
  • Income or Financial support from other sources not listed in the application.

Application Submission

What occurs after submitting my application?

After you submit your application, you will receive an email regarding your application status from the AAMC. If you are ineligible for the Fee Assistance Program based on the information you submitted, your application will be denied at this point.

If you are eligible for the Fee Assistance Program based on the information you entered, your application will be marked with the status "Submitted and On Hold". You will then receive instructions regarding any supporting documentation the AAMC needs to process your application.

Once all required documents are received, your application with go into "Submitted and Pending Verification" status. This status means that you are in line to be verified by the Fee Assistance Program staff. Within 7 business days, your documentation will be reviewed in order to make a decision about your eligibility. It is possible that your application will be placed back in "Submitted and On Hold" status if further documentation is required.

After your application is verified, you will receive an email indicating whether you are approved or denied for the Fee Assistance Program. If approved, you will be able to view your benefits from the main menu of your application. If you indicated that you wish to receive MCAT preparation benefits, you will also receive an email with details on how to utilize these benefits.

What occurs after submitting my application?

After you submit your application, you will receive an email regarding your application status from the AAMC. If you are ineligible for the Fee Assistance Program based on the information you submitted, your application will be denied at this point.

If you are eligible for the Fee Assistance Program based on the information you entered, your application will be marked with the status "Submitted and On Hold". You will then receive instructions regarding any supporting documentation the AAMC needs to process your application.

Once all required documents are received, your application with go into "Submitted and Pending Verification" status. This status means that you are in line to be verified by the Fee Assistance Program staff. Within 7 business days, your documentation will be reviewed in order to make a decision about your eligibility. It is possible that your application will be placed back in "Submitted and On Hold" status if further documentation is required.

After your application is verified, you will receive an email indicating whether you are approved or denied for the Fee Assistance Program. If approved, you will be able to view your benefits from the main menu of your application. If you indicated that you wish to receive MCAT preparation benefits, you will also receive an email with details on how to utilize these benefits.

What will happen if I submit my application with false, or inaccurate, information?

There are a number of consequences that can arise from providing false or inaccurate information:

Your application is denied upon submission. Providing inaccurate income amounts can result in a denial when you submit your application.  Make sure that you are providing the correct income amounts when you submit.

Your application may go into investigation.  Providing false information, such as falsely claiming that parents are deceased, or providing altered financial documentation, may result in an investigation.  Depending on the result of the investigation, you may no longer be eligible for Fee Assistance Program benefits.

You don’t receive important benefits.  If you submit incorrect information about your mailing or email address, you will not receive your MCAT prep benefits.  Make sure that your information is correct – and current - before submitting.

What will happen if I submit my application with false, or inaccurate, information?

There are a number of consequences that can arise from providing false or inaccurate information:

Your application is denied upon submission. Providing inaccurate income amounts can result in a denial when you submit your application.  Make sure that you are providing the correct income amounts when you submit.

Your application may go into investigation.  Providing false information, such as falsely claiming that parents are deceased, or providing altered financial documentation, may result in an investigation.  Depending on the result of the investigation, you may no longer be eligible for Fee Assistance Program benefits.

You don’t receive important benefits.  If you submit incorrect information about your mailing or email address, you will not receive your MCAT prep benefits.  Make sure that your information is correct – and current - before submitting.

How can I verify my information prior to submission?

The Application Summary section of your application will provide a detailed summary of the responses you gave in each section of the application.Review this section carefully.Prior to submission, you will have the ability to select the “edit” link to change inaccurate responses to any section of the application.

How can I verify my information prior to submission?

The Application Summary section of your application will provide a detailed summary of the responses you gave in each section of the application.Review this section carefully.Prior to submission, you will have the ability to select the “edit” link to change inaccurate responses to any section of the application.

Post-Submission and Next Steps

How long does the process take?

After submitting your application, you will be required to submit all required documents listed in the “Documents Gathering and Upload” portion of the Next Steps section of your application. The length of time it takes to accomplish this step will be dependent on your ability to gather and upload these document. Your application will go into a review status of “Submitted and Pending Verification” after you have provided all required documentation.

After reaching Submitted and Pending Verification status, it can take up to 7 business days to review your application (please note that weekends are not included in business days). If a decision can be made on your application, you will receive one of the following emails:

AAMC Fee Assistance Program Application Awarded: After analyzing the data submitted in your application we have determined that you are eligible for fee assistance.

AAMC Fee Assistance Program Denied: After analyzing the data submitted in your application we have determined that you are not eligible for fee assistance

If a decision cannot be made on your application, you will receive the following email:

Missing Supporting Documentation: We have determined that further documentation is required to process your Fee Assistance Program application. If you receive this email, your application will return to “Submitted and on Hold” status and you will find newly required documents in the “Document Gathering and Upload” portion of your application. Once the required documents are received, it will take another 7 business days for your application to be reviewed.

How long does the process take?

After submitting your application, you will be required to submit all required documents listed in the “Documents Gathering and Upload” portion of the Next Steps section of your application. The length of time it takes to accomplish this step will be dependent on your ability to gather and upload these document. Your application will go into a review status of “Submitted and Pending Verification” after you have provided all required documentation.

After reaching Submitted and Pending Verification status, it can take up to 7 business days to review your application (please note that weekends are not included in business days). If a decision can be made on your application, you will receive one of the following emails:

AAMC Fee Assistance Program Application Awarded: After analyzing the data submitted in your application we have determined that you are eligible for fee assistance.

AAMC Fee Assistance Program Denied: After analyzing the data submitted in your application we have determined that you are not eligible for fee assistance

If a decision cannot be made on your application, you will receive the following email:

Missing Supporting Documentation: We have determined that further documentation is required to process your Fee Assistance Program application. If you receive this email, your application will return to “Submitted and on Hold” status and you will find newly required documents in the “Document Gathering and Upload” portion of your application. Once the required documents are received, it will take another 7 business days for your application to be reviewed.

How do I supply my required documents?

We recommend that you upload your documents directly to the Fee Assistance Program application.

Once you have gathered your required documents, upload them to your application as PDF files, text files, or images. You may submit saved files, scanned documents, or even photos of documents taken with a smartphone or digital camera. Once you have selected the document you would like to upload, click the Submit Documents button to release your documents to the AAMC. You may return to add other documents as they become available to you.

If you are unable to provide your document digitally, they may also be mailed or faxed.  If you mail or fax documents, allow 5 business days for your documents to be marked as received after they are scheduled to arrive at AMCAS:

AAMC

Attn: Fee Assistance Program

655 K St. NW, Suite 100

Washington, DC 20001

Fax:  202-828-1120

***Please note that we will not accept documents via email for any reason***

How do I supply my required documents?

We recommend that you upload your documents directly to the Fee Assistance Program application.

Once you have gathered your required documents, upload them to your application as PDF files, text files, or images. You may submit saved files, scanned documents, or even photos of documents taken with a smartphone or digital camera. Once you have selected the document you would like to upload, click the Submit Documents button to release your documents to the AAMC. You may return to add other documents as they become available to you.

If you are unable to provide your document digitally, they may also be mailed or faxed.  If you mail or fax documents, allow 5 business days for your documents to be marked as received after they are scheduled to arrive at AMCAS:

AAMC

Attn: Fee Assistance Program

655 K St. NW, Suite 100

Washington, DC 20001

Fax:  202-828-1120

***Please note that we will not accept documents via email for any reason***

I have submitted all supporting documents, why am I still waiting for review?

There may be a few reasons that your application is still waiting for review:

We have not begun the review process on your application.  Applications are reviewed in order by the date that they enter “Submitted and Pending Verification” status.  During peak processing, it can take up to seven (7) business days to begin reviewing your application.  If it has not been more than seven (7) business days (weekends are not included when determining business days) then you are still in line for review.

 We reviewed your application and determined that new documentation is required.  During verification, we may find that the documentation provided cannot be used or there is new documentation required.  When this occurs, we will send you an email with the subject “Missing Supporting Documentation” that details the documents impacted and why the document is required.  You will also find that your application status has been returned to “Submitted and On Hold”.  You can verify your application status by logging on to your Fee Assistance Program application.

You have uploaded all of your required documentation, but the documents were not submitted.  Uploaded documents will not be applied to your application until they are submitted.  To verify this, go to the “Document Gathering and Upload” portion of the “Next Steps” section of your application.  If documents are still required, you will see a “Submit Documents” button at the bottom of the screen.  Select this button to submit your uploaded documents. 

I have submitted all supporting documents, why am I still waiting for review?

There may be a few reasons that your application is still waiting for review:

We have not begun the review process on your application.  Applications are reviewed in order by the date that they enter “Submitted and Pending Verification” status.  During peak processing, it can take up to seven (7) business days to begin reviewing your application.  If it has not been more than seven (7) business days (weekends are not included when determining business days) then you are still in line for review.

 We reviewed your application and determined that new documentation is required.  During verification, we may find that the documentation provided cannot be used or there is new documentation required.  When this occurs, we will send you an email with the subject “Missing Supporting Documentation” that details the documents impacted and why the document is required.  You will also find that your application status has been returned to “Submitted and On Hold”.  You can verify your application status by logging on to your Fee Assistance Program application.

You have uploaded all of your required documentation, but the documents were not submitted.  Uploaded documents will not be applied to your application until they are submitted.  To verify this, go to the “Document Gathering and Upload” portion of the “Next Steps” section of your application.  If documents are still required, you will see a “Submit Documents” button at the bottom of the screen.  Select this button to submit your uploaded documents. 

Can I change my answer to the Advisor Release question?

If you previously saved a response of “No”, you will be able to change your answer to this response. You can change your response in the following locations:

  • Next Steps – If your application is in “Submitted and On Hold” status, you will be able to return to the next steps section of your application.
  • Main menu – If your application is in Approved status, scroll to the bottom of the Main Menu to the Advisor Release portion of the screen. 

If you previously saved a response of “Yes”, you will not be able to change your answer.

Can I change my answer to the Advisor Release question?

If you previously saved a response of “No”, you will be able to change your answer to this response. You can change your response in the following locations:

  • Next Steps – If your application is in “Submitted and On Hold” status, you will be able to return to the next steps section of your application.
  • Main menu – If your application is in Approved status, scroll to the bottom of the Main Menu to the Advisor Release portion of the screen. 

If you previously saved a response of “Yes”, you will not be able to change your answer.

Can I change my answer to the MCAT Preparation Benefits question?

If you previously saved a response of “No”, you will be able to change your answer to this response.  You can change your response in the following locations:

  • Next Steps 

        - If your application is in “Submitted and On Hold” status, you will be able to return to the next steps section of your application.

  • Main menu

        - If your application is in Approved status, scroll to the bottom of the Main Menu to the MCAT Exam portion of the screen.
        - If you were denied for FAP this year, but were awarded FAP last year, scroll to the bottom of the Main Menu to the MCAT Exam portion of the screen.

  • Benefits Summary

        - If you were awarded FAP last year, and your application is in any status other than approved, you will be able to access the benefits summary screen from the left navigation pane.Scroll to the bottom of the         Benefits Summary screen to the MCAT Exam portion of the screen.

If you previously saved a response of “Yes”, you will not be able to change your answer.

Can I change my answer to the MCAT Preparation Benefits question?

If you previously saved a response of “No”, you will be able to change your answer to this response.  You can change your response in the following locations:

  • Next Steps 

        - If your application is in “Submitted and On Hold” status, you will be able to return to the next steps section of your application.

  • Main menu

        - If your application is in Approved status, scroll to the bottom of the Main Menu to the MCAT Exam portion of the screen.
        - If you were denied for FAP this year, but were awarded FAP last year, scroll to the bottom of the Main Menu to the MCAT Exam portion of the screen.

  • Benefits Summary

        - If you were awarded FAP last year, and your application is in any status other than approved, you will be able to access the benefits summary screen from the left navigation pane.Scroll to the bottom of the         Benefits Summary screen to the MCAT Exam portion of the screen.

If you previously saved a response of “Yes”, you will not be able to change your answer.

Can I withdraw my application to make corrections?

No, do not withdraw your application to make corrections to your application. The decision to withdraw your application is final and you will not be able to apply for Fee Assistance Program in the current application cycle.

Can I withdraw my application to make corrections?

No, do not withdraw your application to make corrections to your application. The decision to withdraw your application is final and you will not be able to apply for Fee Assistance Program in the current application cycle.

After withdrawing my application can I resubmit or start a new one in the same year?

No, the decision to withdraw your Fee Assistance Program application is final. You will not be able to re-activate, resubmit, or start a new application, for the current processing year once the application is withdrawn.

After withdrawing my application can I resubmit or start a new one in the same year?

No, the decision to withdraw your Fee Assistance Program application is final. You will not be able to re-activate, resubmit, or start a new application, for the current processing year once the application is withdrawn.

Required Documentation

How do I supply my required documents?

We recommend that you upload your documents directly to the Fee Assistance Program application.

Once you have gathered your required documents, upload them to your application as PDF files, text files, or images. You may submit saved files, scanned documents, or even photos of documents taken with a smartphone or digital camera. Once you have selected the document you would like to upload, click the Submit Documents button to release your documents to the AAMC. You may return to add other documents as they become available to you.

If you are unable to provide your document digitally, they may also be mailed or faxed. 

If you mail or fax documents, allow 5 business days for your documents to be marked as received after they are scheduled to arrive at AMCAS:

AAMC

Attn: Fee Assistance Program

655 K St. NW, Suite 100

Washington, DC 20001

Fax:  202-828-1120

***Please note that we will not accept documents via email for any reason.***

How do I supply my required documents?

We recommend that you upload your documents directly to the Fee Assistance Program application.

Once you have gathered your required documents, upload them to your application as PDF files, text files, or images. You may submit saved files, scanned documents, or even photos of documents taken with a smartphone or digital camera. Once you have selected the document you would like to upload, click the Submit Documents button to release your documents to the AAMC. You may return to add other documents as they become available to you.

If you are unable to provide your document digitally, they may also be mailed or faxed. 

If you mail or fax documents, allow 5 business days for your documents to be marked as received after they are scheduled to arrive at AMCAS:

AAMC

Attn: Fee Assistance Program

655 K St. NW, Suite 100

Washington, DC 20001

Fax:  202-828-1120

***Please note that we will not accept documents via email for any reason.***

How can my parents supply their required documents directly to the Fee Assistance Program?

We do not currently have a method or way for your parents to log into our system to submit their 1040 in support of your Fee Assistance Program application directly, however there is a way that they can still submit and provide that information so that your application can be reviewed and processed.

Those documents can be forwarded to the Fee Assistance team directly by mail or by fax.  Please ensure that these documents contain your name and your AAMC ID to ensure that any documents received in our office are correctly associated and matched to your application.

Mailing address and Fee Assistance Program fax number:

AAMC
Attn: Fee Assistance Program
655 K Street, N.W., Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001-2399
U.S.A.
Fax: (202) 828-1120


To further protect privacy, the AAMC no longer accepts Fee Assistance Program supporting documents via email. 

How can my parents supply their required documents directly to the Fee Assistance Program?

We do not currently have a method or way for your parents to log into our system to submit their 1040 in support of your Fee Assistance Program application directly, however there is a way that they can still submit and provide that information so that your application can be reviewed and processed.

Those documents can be forwarded to the Fee Assistance team directly by mail or by fax.  Please ensure that these documents contain your name and your AAMC ID to ensure that any documents received in our office are correctly associated and matched to your application.

Mailing address and Fee Assistance Program fax number:

AAMC
Attn: Fee Assistance Program
655 K Street, N.W., Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001-2399
U.S.A.
Fax: (202) 828-1120


To further protect privacy, the AAMC no longer accepts Fee Assistance Program supporting documents via email. 

My parent(s) and/or I have not received a W-2 or filed taxes yet, what should I do?

If a W2/1099 is required, we will need the document to process your application.  We cannot accept paystubs, letters from employers, or tax documentation from previous or current tax years, to satisfy this document requirement.

My parent(s) and/or I have not received a W-2 or filed taxes yet, what should I do?

If a W2/1099 is required, we will need the document to process your application.  We cannot accept paystubs, letters from employers, or tax documentation from previous or current tax years, to satisfy this document requirement.

My parent(s) and/or I have not filed our taxes and a 1040 is required. What should I do?

Prior to the federal tax deadline (usually mid-April), those Fee Assistance Program applicants that indicated they have “not yet” filed their taxes will be able to provide a W2/1099 in lieu of their IRS 1040 Federal Tax Form.In most cases this will satisfy the document requirement, but a 1040 may still be requested after documents are verified by Fee Assistance Program staff.

After the federal tax deadline, those Fee Assistance Program applicants that indicated they have “not yet” filed their taxes will be required to provide their IRS 1040 Federal Tax Form.At this point, no other documentation will be accepted in lieu of the IRS 1040 Federal Tax Form.

My parent(s) and/or I have not filed our taxes and a 1040 is required. What should I do?

Prior to the federal tax deadline (usually mid-April), those Fee Assistance Program applicants that indicated they have “not yet” filed their taxes will be able to provide a W2/1099 in lieu of their IRS 1040 Federal Tax Form.In most cases this will satisfy the document requirement, but a 1040 may still be requested after documents are verified by Fee Assistance Program staff.

After the federal tax deadline, those Fee Assistance Program applicants that indicated they have “not yet” filed their taxes will be required to provide their IRS 1040 Federal Tax Form.At this point, no other documentation will be accepted in lieu of the IRS 1040 Federal Tax Form.

My parent(s) and/or I have filed for a tax extension. What should I do?

If a 1040 is listed as a required document in your application, it must be received in order to verify the income you entered. We do not make exceptions to this requirement based on tax extensions granted by the IRS. Please supply the tax documentation once filed with the IRS.

My parent(s) and/or I have filed for a tax extension. What should I do?

If a 1040 is listed as a required document in your application, it must be received in order to verify the income you entered. We do not make exceptions to this requirement based on tax extensions granted by the IRS. Please supply the tax documentation once filed with the IRS.

My parent(s) and/or I have our tax documents from a different tax year. Can I provide this in lieu of new tax documents?

No, we will require documents from the previous tax year. Documents from any other tax year will be accepted. Providing incorrect documentation may create delays in processing your application.

My parent(s) and/or I have our tax documents from a different tax year. Can I provide this in lieu of new tax documents?

No, we will require documents from the previous tax year. Documents from any other tax year will be accepted. Providing incorrect documentation may create delays in processing your application.

Can I provide a paystub instead of my W2 or 1099?

No, a paystub cannot be provided instead a W2 or 1099. Providing incorrect documentation may create delays in processing your application.

Can I provide a paystub instead of my W2 or 1099?

No, a paystub cannot be provided instead a W2 or 1099. Providing incorrect documentation may create delays in processing your application.

Why is “Other Documentation” required on my application?

Other documentation will be required for one of two reasons:

The Fee Assistance Program staff required the document type to finish verifying your application.  Fee Assistance Program staff may have required this document to complete the verification process. This is often required when, due to information entered in the application or supporting documents received, we are unable to determine the source of income.

You entered income or financial support received from other sources not listed in the financial information page. If you entered income for yourself, or your parent(s), under the field labeled “Enter the Total Amount of Income or Financial Support Received From Other Sources Not Listed Above”, other documentation will be listed as a required document in your application.

Why is “Other Documentation” required on my application?

Other documentation will be required for one of two reasons:

The Fee Assistance Program staff required the document type to finish verifying your application.  Fee Assistance Program staff may have required this document to complete the verification process. This is often required when, due to information entered in the application or supporting documents received, we are unable to determine the source of income.

You entered income or financial support received from other sources not listed in the financial information page. If you entered income for yourself, or your parent(s), under the field labeled “Enter the Total Amount of Income or Financial Support Received From Other Sources Not Listed Above”, other documentation will be listed as a required document in your application.

My parent and step-parent file separately. Do I need to supply both of their tax documents?

Yes, Fee Assistance Program applicants are required to provide the total income for each household entered in the application. This includes parents and their spouses.

My parent and step-parent file separately. Do I need to supply both of their tax documents?

Yes, Fee Assistance Program applicants are required to provide the total income for each household entered in the application. This includes parents and their spouses.

Why is my 1040 required if I already provided a W2 or 1099 for the correct tax year?

In most cases, we are able to accept a W2/1099 in lieu of a 1040 if received before the April tax deadline. However, the 1040 may still be required for those households that have filed, or have ‘not yet’ filed, their tax documents. The most common reason is that we need the document to verify the family size for the parent or applicant.

Why is my 1040 required if I already provided a W2 or 1099 for the correct tax year?

In most cases, we are able to accept a W2/1099 in lieu of a 1040 if received before the April tax deadline. However, the 1040 may still be required for those households that have filed, or have ‘not yet’ filed, their tax documents. The most common reason is that we need the document to verify the family size for the parent or applicant.

I don’t have my Financial Aid Award Letter available, can I send in another document?

No, we will require your Financial Aid Award Letter, including a breakdown of the cost of attendance, in order to process your application. A financial aid award letter will typically detail the award year, the amount of award offered, the source of the award, and the amount accepted. We will not accept semester bills (even if they show that financial aid was applied), account summaries, loan statements, a 1098-T, or financial statements, in lieu of your financial aid award letter.

I don’t have my Financial Aid Award Letter available, can I send in another document?

No, we will require your Financial Aid Award Letter, including a breakdown of the cost of attendance, in order to process your application. A financial aid award letter will typically detail the award year, the amount of award offered, the source of the award, and the amount accepted. We will not accept semester bills (even if they show that financial aid was applied), account summaries, loan statements, a 1098-T, or financial statements, in lieu of your financial aid award letter.

I did not receive financial aid, but I mistakenly entered that I got financial aid in my application. What documentation should I provide?

Please provide documentation from your financial aid office that shows you did not receive financial aid during the requested award year. This information can sometimes be obtained online. You should upload this document in lieu of your Financial Aid Award letter.

I did not receive financial aid, but I mistakenly entered that I got financial aid in my application. What documentation should I provide?

Please provide documentation from your financial aid office that shows you did not receive financial aid during the requested award year. This information can sometimes be obtained online. You should upload this document in lieu of your Financial Aid Award letter.

AAMC Investigation

The AAMC is investigating my Fee Assistance Program application. Will this affect my future Fee Assistance Program applications?

If the AAMC concludes that you have violated Fee Assistance Program policies, a report will be distributed to any medical schools that you applied to in the current application cycle, as well as to any medical schools to which you apply in the future.

 

If you have already been awarded fee assistance, you may be permitted to use the benefits until they expire. However, the AAMC may bar you from applying to the Fee Assistance Program again.

 

Learn more about the Polices and Procedures for Investigations>>

The AAMC is investigating my Fee Assistance Program application. Will this affect my future Fee Assistance Program applications?

If the AAMC concludes that you have violated Fee Assistance Program policies, a report will be distributed to any medical schools that you applied to in the current application cycle, as well as to any medical schools to which you apply in the future.

 

If you have already been awarded fee assistance, you may be permitted to use the benefits until they expire. However, the AAMC may bar you from applying to the Fee Assistance Program again.

 

Learn more about the Polices and Procedures for Investigations>>

Canadian Fee Assistance Program Option

Is there an option for Fee Assistance for Canadian MCAT Examinees?

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

Is there an option for Fee Assistance for Canadian MCAT Examinees?

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