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Who Is Eligible to Participate in the Fee Assistance Program?

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

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Eligibility Requirements

U.S. Citizenship Status

You are only eligible for the Fee Assistance Program if - prior to completing your Fee Assistance Program application - you are a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the United States (also known as a green card holder), granted refugee or asylee status by the U.S. government, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, or person awaiting refugee or asylee status approval by the U.S. government and have a U.S. Employment Authorization Document (EAD card).

IMPORTANT: Parental Information Requirement

Unlike some federally funded aid programs, the Fee Assistance Program requires your parents’ financial information, even if you are independent. Your parents' financial information and supporting tax documentation are required regardless of your marital status, your age, 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 2021 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 2021, you will be granted fee assistance if each household reported on your application has a 2020 total family income that is 400 percent or less than the 2020 national poverty level for that family size.

2020 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States, The District of Columbia & U.S. Territories

Family Size Fee Assistance Program Poverty Guideline*
1 $51,040 
2 $68,960
3 $86,880
4 $104,800
5 $122,720
6 $140,640
7 $158,560
8 $176,480

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

*For households with more than 8 persons, add $4,480 for each additional person.

2020 Poverty Guidelines for Alaska

Family Size Fee Assistance Program Poverty Guideline*
1 $63,800
2 $86,200
3 $108,600
4 $131,000
5 $153,400
6 $175,800
7 $198,200
8 $220,600

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

*For households with more than 8 persons, add $5,600 for each additional person.

2020 Poverty Guidelines for Hawaii

Family Size Fee Assistance Program Poverty Guideline*
1 $58,720
2 $79,320
3 $99,920
4 $120,520
5 $141,120
6 $161,720
7 $182,320
8 $202,920

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

*For households with more than 8 persons, add $5,150 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://afmc.ca/learners/mcat-fee-assistance-program

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

202-828-0600
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.

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