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Fee Assistance Program: What’s new in 2019

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The AAMC Fee Assistance Program has updated its resources and benefits for the 2019 calendar year. The program is designed to assist those who, without financial assistance, would be unable to take the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) or apply to medical school through the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®).

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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. One resource to help is the AAMC Fee Assistance Program.

The AAMC Fee Assistance Program provides financial assistance to individuals who, without this aid, would find it very difficult — if not impossible — to study for and take the MCAT exam or to apply to medical school through the AMCAS application. The AAMC encourages all eligible aspiring physicians to apply for fee assistance. 

The AAMC is pleased to announce the following changes to the Fee Assistance Program for the 2019 calendar year:

  • Awardees will now have all AMCAS fees waived for one application submission, including up to 20 medical school designations. This is a total savings of up to $930. As always, fees will be charged for each additional medical school beyond the award designations. 
  • Awardees will now have access to all twelve online AAMC MCAT Official Prep products. This is a total savings of $236. As a reminder, the MCAT Official Prep product benefit is only given once, regardless of how many times an applicant receives aid through the Fee Assistance Program.
  • We have updated and simplified the Fee Assistance Program website to make it easier to find information and navigate the application process, including updated FAQs.  
  • We have published a comprehensive and easy-to-follow 2019 Fee Assistance Program Essentials guide which provides instructions on preparing materials and applying. All applicants to the program must certify that they have read the Essentials guide before submitting their application. 

The Fee Assistance Program benefits are subject to change. If you were approved for or awarded the Fee Assistance Program prior to 2019, please refer to your award letter for the list of benefits you received.

Please visit our website for the full list of Fee Assistance Program benefits. If you have any questions about the AAMC Fee Assistance Program, please contact or 202-828-0600.

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

Application Processing

As of April 16 the Fee Assistance Program is:

Processing applications that were “Submitted and Pending Verification” on April 14 and reconsideration cases submitted on April 14.

2021 Fee Assistance Program Essentials

Understanding the 2021 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.

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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