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Association of American Medical Colleges

Fee Assistance Program (FAP)

The AAMC believes that the cost of applying to medical school should not be a barrier to individuals who are interested in becoming physicians.

The AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP) assists MCAT® examinees and AMCAS® applicants who, without financial assistance, would be unable to take the MCAT exam or apply to medical schools that use the AMCAS application. In addition, most AMCAS-participating medical schools waive their supplemental application fees for applicants who have been granted fee assistance by the AAMC.

FAP approval is not retroactive. If you paid an MCAT or AMCAS fee before receiving your FAP award, you will not receive a refund.


How to Apply for Fee Assistance

Be sure to complete and submit your FAP application well in advance of when you are planning to register for the MCAT exam and/or submit your AMCAS application.

1. Review the FAP Eligibility Guidelines and Benefits.

2. Complete the online FAP application.

3. If requested, upload the required Supporting Documentation and signed Cover Letter.

4. Once your Supporting Documentation is received, you will receive an e-mail notification from the AAMC indicating your final FAP decision within 15 business days.


Program Status

The 2014 Fee Assistance Program opens January 2, 2014.


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