2024 AAMC Fee Assistance Program

February 7, 2024

The AAMC is committed to supporting aspiring physicians on their journey to medical school and strongly believes that the costs associated with applying to medical school should not be a barrier. One resource to help offset some of the application costs is the AAMC Fee Assistance Program. The program assists those who, without financial assistance, would be unable to take the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®), apply to medical schools using the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®), and more.

Here are five things you need to know about the 2024 AAMC Fee Assistance Program:

  1. The AAMC Fee Assistance Program now includes an Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) application benefit. Beginning with the 2024-2025 ERAS application season, the program will expand to include residency applicants who were previously approved for the Fee Assistance Program benefits during their medical school application process. These qualifying applicants will automatically receive a 60 percent fee discount on up to 50 ERAS applications. Learn more about the new ERAS benefit.
  2. 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), waived AMCAS application fees for one application cycle, and waived AAMC PREview® professional readiness exam registration fees. Learn more about the benefits of the Fee Assistance Program.
  3. To be eligible for the Fee Assistance Program, applicants are required to fulfill three requirements. 1) They must have a U.S.-based home address. 2) Each household reported on their application must have a 2023 total family income that is equal to or less than 400% of the 2023 national poverty level for that family size. 3) They must be preparing to apply to medical school. Specifically, applicants for AAMC Fee Assistance must not be currently accepted or enrolled in any medical school; have graduated from medical school; or be preparing to apply for residency.
  4. Applicants age 26 and over do not need to submit their parents’ financial information. If an applicant is age 26 on the day their application is submitted, they will not have to submit their parental financial information.
  5. 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.

The 2024 Fee Assistance Program application is now open. You can find the recording of the opening program webinar, held on Jan. 30, on our website. To learn more about the Fee Assistance Program, be sure to read the Fee Assistance Program Essentials.