2019 AAMC Fee Assistance Program: Increased Benefit

The AAMC Fee Assistance Program provides financial assistance to individuals who, without this aid, would find it very difficult — if not impossible — to take the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®), apply to medical schools through the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®), and fulfill other obligations on the path to a career in medicine. The AAMC encourages all eligible aspiring physicians to apply for fee assistance. 

The AAMC is pleased to announce the following improvements to the AAMC Fee Assistance Program:

  • The number of schools that AAMC Fee Assistance Program awardees may designate in the AMCAS application will be increased for benefits awarded in the 2019 program year (begins January 7, 2019).  Awardees will now have all AMCAS fees waived for one application submission including up to 20 medical school designations. This is a total savings of up to $911. As always, additional fees will be charged for each medical school designation beyond the initial award designations. 
  • They have updated and simplified the Fee Assistance Program website to make it easier to find information and navigate the Fee Assistance application process, including updated FAQs.  
  • They have also published a comprehensive and easy-to-follow 2019 Fee Assistance Program Essentials guide which provides instructions on preparing materials and applying. All applicants to the program must certify that they have read the Essentials before applying. 

Applicants who were approved for fee assistance prior to 2019 and have not utilized their AMCAS benefit will remain with the benefit they were approved for. Recipients awarded prior to 2019 received AMCAS fees waived for one application submission including up to 16 medical school designations. 

Please visit their website for the full list of Fee Assistance Program benefits. If you have additional questions, please e-mail fap@aamc.org or call 202-828-0600. 

How to Train for a Marathon—or the MCAT Exam

Sunny Nakae, MSW, PhD, assistant dean for admissions, recruitment, and student life, and assistant professor of medical education at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, likens preparing for the MCAT exam to training for a marathon. Just like a marathon takes training and preparation, you won’t be able to wake up one day and take the MCAT exam. Dr. Nakae highlights four principles to help you tackle the MCAT exam.

2019 Registration Date Announced for MCAT Exam Dates January-June

Registration for the January-June MCAT exam dates will open on October 25, 2018.  Registration to select test dates for July-September will open in February 2019.

Students will have the ability to begin their registration process in advance of selecting their test date and location. Beginning next week, students will be able to complete the necessary background and biographical information and agree to the terms. The option to select a date and location will not be available until registration officially opens on October 25.

Starting the registration process early will allow you more time to enter your personal information and read and accept important MCAT policies and forms carefully before searching for a test date and location on October 25.  Completing personal information and terms in advance does not give students priority in selecting their test date and location.

Follow @AAMC_MCAT on Twitter for updates and announcements. For additional information about registration, visit their website.