Cost of applying

Applying to medical school is an expensive endeavor.  The most significant expenses will include:

  • MCAT self preparation materials and/or organized preparation course
  • MCAT registration
  • AMCAS/AACOMAS fees for primary application, plus individual additional fees to designate targeted schools
  • Secondary application fees
  • Interview suits and accessories
  • Transportation and accommodations for interviews
  • Deposits to hold seats in a class

All these costs and fees can easily add up to well over $5,000 so it is important to plan in advance.


If you have serious financial constraints, you may be eligible for the AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program (FAP).  If eligible, you will receive a reduction on the MCAT registration fee, free copies of MCAT preparation materials and the Medical School Admissions Requirements, and a fee waiver for application to the first 14 allopathic medical schools.

If you are applying to osteopathic medical schools, see DO fee waivers information.

TIP:  It is critical that you maintain a strong credit record as you prepare and apply for medical school. Do not let a poor credit history interfere with your ability to pay for and enroll in medical school.