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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Fee Assistance Program

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The AAMC continues to monitor guidance about the coronavirus from the CDC and WHO and we are modifying our operations as needed to best support the medical school community during this rapidly changing situation. We are monitoring the situation to determine the appropriate adjustments to best accommodate our Fee Assistance Program applicants. Below please find answers to some of our common questions.

Attention: AAMC Fee Assistance Program-provided MCAT Official Prep Product access extended for students impacted by coronavirus in 2020

The AAMC will extend the expiration date of your AAMC Fee Assistance Program-provided MCAT Official Prep products to September 30, 2021 (the end of the 2021 MCAT testing year) in case you were unable to test last year or wish to test again this year.

The AAMC extended the expiration date for AAMC Fee Assistance Program-provided MCAT Official Prep products to all those whose access expired December 31, 2020, because the benefit is once in a lifetime.

Please note that examinees do not need to have registered for an exam date or have a canceled exam date in the testing year 2020 or 2021. The AAMC has identified AAMC Fee Assistance Program recipients who qualify for extensions and purchased products after their award benefits expired. AAMC will directly contact these students to process refunds and adjust product expiration dates. 

This extension only applies to the MCAT Official Prep AAMC Fee Assistance Program benefit. All other AAMC Fee Assistance Program benefits continue to follow standard expiration guidelines unless there are communications from the AAMC indicating otherwise. You may submit an AAMC 2021 Fee Assistance Program Application if you believe you are eligible.

Please see the FAQs below for more information.

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Income Eligibility

Please review the eligibility requirements for the criteria. In order to determine if you are eligible, you must complete the Fee Assistance application. Applicants who are denied may request a reconsideration of their denial based upon household loss of income since March 2020 due to COVID-19 by emailing fapreconsideration@aamc.org.

To be eligible for Fee Assistance you must complete the application using documentation from 2020. Once you have completed the process you will be notified if you are approved or denied. If you are denied, you are eligible to submit a Fee Assistance Reconsideration Request to fapreconsideration@aamc.org that will take into account household loss of income from COVID-19. Fee Assistance benefits are available for use once an application has been approved.

If you were denied for fee assistance and have experienced a change in income please email fapreconsideration@aamc.org to request reconsideration of your denial. You must complete the Reconsideration Request Form, provide supporting financial documents for calendar year 2020 (if required),  and a copy of the most recent pay stub for the household experiencing the loss. If the adjusted household income is below 400% of the national poverty level for that family size, you are eligible.

In order to be eligible for a reconsideration request, you must complete the AAMC Fee Assistance application and receive a denial. The supporting financial documentation that you based your income on for calendar year 2020 will be required to complete the reconsideration request. A denial for reconsideration due to coronavirus COVID-19 is final.

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