In 2022 we have exciting changes to the AAMC Fee Assistance Program to help more aspiring physicians with the many costs associated with applying to medical school. The AAMC Fee Assistance Program assists those who, without financial assistance, would be unable to take the MCAT, apply to medical schools using AMCAS, and more. We are committed to helping aspiring physicians on their journey to medical school. 

Here are five things you need to know about the 2021 AAMC Fee Assistance Program:   

  1. The AAMC Fee Assistance Program is now open to everyone with a U.S. address. We have removed the U.S. citizenship and certain visa status eligibility requirements, and instead will require a U.S. address. Applicants will be required to provide proof of permanent U.S. address. Learn more about those documentation requirements.
  2. Parental financial information is no longer required for applicants over age 26. If an applicant is over age 26 on the day their application is submitted, they will not have to submit their parental financial information. We estimate that this change opens the program to an additional 1,000 applicants in need of financial support!
  3. Recipients of the Fee Assistance Program can save over $2,000 by using the benefits on their premed journey. Each Fee Assistance Program award includes access to the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) website, reduced fees for MCAT registration, waived MCAT Official Prep product fees, assistance in paying for an updated psychoeducational or medical evaluation (if required to support an MCAT accommodation application), and waived AMCAS application fees for one application cycle. Learn more about the benefits of the Fee Assistance Program.
  4. AAMC Fee Assistance Program benefits are not retroactive. If an applicant is awarded fee assistance benefits, they cannot apply the benefits to previous registrations or purchases. For example, if an applicant registers for the MCAT exam, submits their AMCAS application, or purchases a prep product before receiving their benefits, they will not be reimbursed or receive the discounted rate.
  5. Some medical schools waive secondary application fees for fee assistance recipients. Schools include this information in their Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) profiles. This information can be found under the "Secondary application" - "Fee Waiver Ability" section of MSAR. 

If you have any questions about the Fee Assistance Program, you should contact <fap@aamc.org>.