Fee Assistance Program: Relieving the Cost of Applying to Medical School

The cost of applying to medical school should not be overwhelming. Learn how the AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program can help! Published originally to Student Doctor Network.

The cost of preparing for, and applying to medical school can be daunting. At the AAMC we believe that this cost should not be a barrier on your path to medical school. The AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program is designed to assist those who, without financial assistance, would be unable to afford to register for the MCAT® exam or apply to medical schools that use the AMCAS® application.

Interested? The 2016 Fee Assistance Program application opened in January 2016 with a new and improved application interface. Be sure to review details of the eligibility requirements on the Fee Assistance Program website, but here’s a quick overview of the program:

What to know about the 2016 Fee Assistance Program:

  • You will be able to use your fee assistance award for up to two years.
    A two-year benefit period gives you more flexibility with how you use your award. For example, you could make use of the MCAT benefits the first year, and apply to medical school through AMCAS during the second year, without having to reapply for fee assistance. Benefits will expire on December 31, the year after they are awarded.
  • You must provide financial information for all living parents.
    Parental information is viewed independently from applicant data, but must also fall within eligibility guidelines.

The 2016 AAMC Fee Assistance Program Benefits:

If you are interested in applying to the Fee Assistance Program, make sure to do so before registering for the MCAT exam or submitting your AMCAS application. Fee assistance benefits are not retroactive. If you have already paid for any of the benefits you receive as a Fee Assistance Program awardee, you will not receive a refund.

More information about the Fee Assistance Program.