5 Things to Know About the AAMC Fee Assistance Program

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The AAMC is committed to supporting aspiring physicians on their journey to medical school and strongly believes that the costs associated with applying to medical school should not be a barrier. The AAMC Fee Assistance Program is one resource to help offset some of the application costs.

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Here are five things to know about the 2024 AAMC Fee Assistance Program:  

1. The Fee Assistance Program now includes an Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) benefit.
If you are approved for fee assistance during the 2024 calendar year, you will receive the following:

Read the complete list of benefits

2. To be eligible for the Fee Assistance Program, applicants are required to fulfill three requirements:

  • You must have a U.S.-based home address. Please note the requirements for the submission of documentation for proof of address must include the applicant’s full name and current U.S. address. All identification (such as an ID card) must be current and not expired, and all documentation must be issued within the last 60 days of the date you submit your application.
  • Each household reported on your application (yours and your parents, if applicable) must have a 2023 total family income that is equal to or less than 400% of the 2023 national poverty level for that family size.
  • You must be preparing to apply to medical school. Specifically, applicants for the AAMC Fee Assistance Program must not be currently accepted or enrolled in any medical school, have graduated from medical school, nor be preparing to apply for residency.

3. Parental financial information is NOT required for applicants age 26 and over.

If you are 26 on the day your application is submitted, you will not have to submit your parental financial information. Your income eligibility will only depend on your finances and your spouse (if applicable).

4. Benefits are not retroactive.
If you are awarded fee assistance, you cannot apply your benefits to previous registrations or purchases. For example, if you register for the MCAT exam or PREview exam or purchase MCAT prep products before receiving your fee assistance benefits, you will not be reimbursed for the discounted rate. Similarly, you will not be able to use your awarded medical school designations if your AMCAS application was submitted before your Fee Assistance Program application was approved.

5. Some medical schools waive secondary application fees for fee assistance recipients.

Schools include this information in their Medical School Admission RequirementsTM (MSAR®) profiles. Fee assistance recipients have received other benefits during their medical school application process. Learn more about these additional benefits and tips for completing your Fee Assistance Program application from current medical students: How the Fee Assistance Program Supported My Premed Journey.

The 2024 Fee Assistance Program application opens Feb. 5.

Before beginning your application to the program, be sure to visit the Fee Assistance Program webpage and read the Fee Assistance Program Essentials!

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Contact the Fee Assistance Program

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

Fax: 202-828-1120

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Canadian Fee Assistance Program Questions? Visit AFMC’s website at https://www.afmc.ca/resources-data/education/aspirants-applicants/

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

Learn about the Expanded Fee Assistance Program
Application Processing

As of June 18 the Fee Assistance Program is:

Processing applications that were “Submitted and Pending Verification” on June 17.

2024 Fee Assistance Program Essentials

Understanding the 2024 Fee Assistance Program Essentials is the first step in applying. This is required reading before completing your AAMC Fee Assistance Program application and necessary for a smooth application process.

2024 Fee Assistance Program Application Workbook

This resource is designed to help you prepare your materials for the 2024 AAMC Fee Assistance Program application but does not replace the online application.

Financial Aid Resources

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

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MCAT Official Prep Hub

The MCAT Official Prep Hub is where you can access your products received through the Fee Assistance Program, purchase new products, and view free resources.