In 2022, we made changes to the AAMC Fee Assistance Program to help more aspiring physicians with the many costs associated with applying to medical school. We expanded our eligibility criteria to make the AAMC Fee Assistance Program available to more future physicians.
Effective calendar year 2022, the AAMC has modified two of its eligibility requirements for the Fee Assistance Program:
• Removed the U.S. citizenship and certain visa status eligibility requirements, and will instead require a U.S. address.
• Removed the requirement for parental financial information for applicants age 26 and over on the day the application is submitted.
How did the AAMC determine 26 years of age as the cut off to remove the parental financial requirement?
The AAMC chose to use the Health and Human Services guidelines under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to determine what status would make an applicant dependent. We resourced and reviewed age requirement cutoffs in federally funded programs (FAFSA, taxes, ACA) and determined that 26 was a median cutoff.
I’m about to turn 26 in XX days. Do I have to submit my parental financial information?
If an applicant is 26 at the time of application submission, they will not be required to provide parental financial information to be considered for the Fee Assistance Program.
I applied for fee assistance and was denied. Now I am 26, can I reapply without my parental financial information?
No, you cannot reapply to the same Fee Assistance Program application cycle if you are denied program benefits.