Who Is Eligible to Participate in the Fee Assistance Program?

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Learn the eligibility requirements for the Fee Assistance Program, including address guidelines, parental information, award limits, and benefits.

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Eligibility Requirements

Address Guidelines

The Fee Assistance Program is open to everyone with a U.S.-based address. 
You will be required to provide proof of a U.S. address. Note the following about the documentation or identification that you submit:

  • Applicant’s full name must be included.
  • Applicant’s current permanent U.S. address must be included.
  • For identification (such as an ID), it must be unexpired. 
  • For documentation, it must be issued within the last 60 days of the date you submit your application.

Learn more about the documentation and forms of ID that will be accepted as proof of a permanent U.S. address

IMPORTANT: Parental Information Requirement

Unlike some federally funded aid programs, the Fee Assistance Program requires your parents’ financial information, if you are under age 26 at the time of submission. Your parents' financial information and supporting tax documentation are required regardless of your marital status,  your tax filing status (independent or dependent), your parents' country of residence, or whether your parents are willing to provide documentation. If your parents are deceased, further information will not be asked. To learn more about the parental information requirement, please visit the 2022 Fee Assistance Program Essentials

Fee Assistance Program Poverty Guidelines

Fee Assistance Program award approval is tied directly to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' poverty level guidelines. In 2022, you will be granted fee assistance if each household reported on your application has a 2021 total family income that is 400 percent or less than the 2021 national poverty level for that family size.

2021 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States, The District of Columbia & U.S. Territories

Family Size Fee Assistance Program Poverty Guideline*
1 $51,520 
2 $69,680
3 $87,840
4 $106,000
5 $124,160
6 $142,320
7 $160,480
8 $178,640

Source: https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines 

*For households with more than 8 persons, add $4,540 for each additional person.

2021 Poverty Guidelines for Alaska

Family Size Fee Assistance Program Poverty Guideline*
1 $64,360
2 $87,080
3 $109,800
4 $132,520
5 $155,240
6 $177,960
7 $200,680
8 $223,400

Source: https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines

*For households with more than 8 persons, add $5,680 for each additional person.

2021 Poverty Guidelines for Hawaii

Family Size Fee Assistance Program Poverty Guideline*
1 $59,280
2 $80,160
3 $101,040
4 $121,920
5 $142,800
6 $163,680
7 $184,560
8 $205,440

Source: https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines

*For households with more than 8 persons, add $5,220  for each additional person

Canadian MCAT examinees interested in the Canadian Fee Assistance Program

Learn more about the 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.afmc.ca/en/learners/fee-assistance-programs

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

202-828-0600
Application Processing

As of September 29 the Fee Assistance Program is:

Processing applications that were “Submitted and Pending Verification” on September 28.

2022 Fee Assistance Program Essentials

Understanding the 2022 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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