Relieving the Cost of Med School Applications: The AAMC Fee Assistance Program

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. The AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program is designed to assist those who, without financial assistance, would be unable to afford to register for the MCAT exam or apply to medical schools that use the AMCAS application.

Interested? The 2015 Fee Assistance Program application opened on January 6, 2015 with a new and improved application interface. Be sure to review details of the eligibility requirements on the Fee Assistance Program website, but here’s a quick overview of the program:

What to know about the 2015 Fee Assistance Program:

  • You will be able to use your fee assistance award for up to two years.

A two-year benefit period gives you more flexibility with how you use your award. For example, you could make use of the MCAT benefits the first year and apply to medical school through AMCAS during the second year, without having to reapply for fee assistance. Benefits will expire on December 31, the year after they are awarded.

  • You must provide financial information for all living parents.

Parental information is viewed independently from applicant data, but must also fall within eligibility guidelines.

The 2015 AAMC Fee Assistance Program Benefits:

  • Reduced registration fees in testing year 2015, from $300 to $115, for MCAT exams until December 31, 2016 (over $700 value).
  • The Official Guide to the MCAT® (MCAT2015) Exam, Fourth Edition and other official MCAT practice products ($125 value).
  • Waiver for all AMCAS fees for one (1) application submission with up to 15 medical school designations ($664 value), submitted by December 31, 2016.
  • Eligibility to apply for fee assistance for an updated psychoeducational or medical evaluation required to apply for accommodations during MCAT testing.
  • Complimentary access to the Medical School Admission Requirements website until December 31, 2016 ($50 value).
  • Reduced subscription fee to the Pivio electronic portfolio service.

If you are interested in applying to the Fee Assistance Program, make sure to do so before registering for the MCAT exam or submitting your AMCAS application. Fee assistance benefits are not retroactive. If you have already paid for any of the benefits you receive as a Fee Assistance Program awardee, you will not receive a refund.

Get more information about the Fee Assistance Program at

Questions? Contact us at or 202-828-0600

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SDN and AAMC are teaming up to present a webinar on financial aid and the Fee Assistance Program on January 28 at 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST. Click here to register!

This article has been republished, with permission, from The Student Doctor Network. Original:

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