What benefits, if any, does an applicant get from applying under disadvantaged status on the AAMC? I need to know because I think I could apply to be economically disadvantaged, but I'm not sure (My family did receive food stamps for many years, lived on $15,000-$19,000 for 7 people, mom's never been able to work because of head injuries received from car accidents, dad has OCD, I've supported myself financially since high school, etc). Should I apply under economically disadvantaged status? Do those who apply as disadvantaged have to write extra secondary essays? I was poor yes, but I still grew up in a nice area, and I'm non-URM. I think if I apply as disadvantaged they won't take me seriously. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.