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What Are the Benefits of the Fee Assistance Program?

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The benefits of the Fee Assistance Program include discounted fees, complimentary access to the MSAR online database, free MCAT Official Prep products, and more.

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2021 Fee Assistance Program Award

The Fee Assistance Program benefits are subject to change. If you are approved for fee assistance during the 2020 calendar year, you will receive the following benefits:

MCAT Official Prep Products Benefit

  • The MCAT Official Prep products benefit package is subject to change. The current MCAT Official Prep products benefit is the MCAT Official Prep Online-Only Bundle ($268.80 value), which includes all online MCAT Official Prep products. 

You will receive the MCAT Official Prep products benefit once in a lifetime, regardless of how many times you are a Fee Assistance Program awardee. We will provide more details about this benefit if you are awarded Fee Assistance.

MCAT Benefits

  • Reduced registration fee, from $320 to $130, for MCAT exams.
  • Consideration for financial assistance to obtain an updated evaluation to support an application for MCAT exam accommodations (For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit aamc.org/accombenefit).

Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) Benefit

AMCAS Benefit

  • Waiver for all AMCAS fees for one (1) application submission, covering up to 20 medical school submissions ($968 value), submitted by December 31, 2022.

Additional fees will be charged for each medical school designation beyond the initial set of 20.

Unused medical school designations do not carry over to the next AMCAS application cycle, even if the next application cycle falls before December 31st of the next year after you've been awarded.

How long can I use these benefits?

Your benefits will begin on the date of approval and will expire the next calendar year on Dec. 31st regardless of when you apply and receive the award during the current application year. Please refer to the table below for clarificaton.

If your application is approved: Your benefits expire:
Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2020 December 31, 2021
Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2021 December 31, 2022
Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2022 December 31, 2023

Can I apply more than once?

You may only apply once per calendar year and be awarded a maximum of five (5) times during your lifetime. Each award includes the MCAT, Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) online database, and AMCAS benefits. If you apply and receive fee assistance during two consecutive calendar years, unused benefits from your first award will expire as soon as your new award is approved.

Fee Assistance Program benefits are NOT retroactive 

Fee Assistance Program benefits are not retroactive. Benefits may only be applied after the Fee Assistance Program benefits have been awarded. No refunds will be issued for any fees paid before you have been approved for the Fee Assistance Program. Also, 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. The AAMC is not responsible for any MCAT registration deadlines or medical school application deadlines you may miss while waiting for the review of your Fee Assistance Program application.

Canadian MCAT examinees interested in the Canadian Fee Assistance Program

Learn more about eligibility criteria and application process and deadlines by visiting AFMC’s website(English website).

Additional Information

Visit the main Fee Assistance Program webpage to learn more about the program benefitswhat you need to apply, and to access the Fee Assistance Program FAQs.

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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.afmcstudentportal.ca/mcatfap

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

202-828-0600
Application Processing

As of July 27 the Fee Assistance Program is:

Processing applications that were “Submitted and Pending Verification” on July 24.

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.

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