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HI guys,

Was just wondering if I should wait for my fee waiver acceptance (hopefully, applied four days ago), or power through the application process ASAP and spend the money. I would rather spend the money, since I am strapped at the moment, but I do not want to hurt my chances at osteopathic admission.

For reference, I believe I am a good applicant for DO schools (3.6 GPA, 516 MCAT, DO shadowing, DO letter, current medical assistant/scribe for DO orthopedic surgeon which involved shadowing his procedures/surgeries, have visited osteopathic schools last winter).

Does anyone have any insight or comments? I am not sure if the fee waiver will be available in the next couple weeks or at all..
 

Hope143

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HI guys,

Was just wondering if I should wait for my fee waiver acceptance (hopefully, applied four days ago), or power through the application process ASAP and spend the money. I would rather spend the money, since I am strapped at the moment, but I do not want to hurt my chances at osteopathic admission.

For reference, I believe I am a good applicant for DO schools (3.6 GPA, 516 MCAT, DO shadowing, DO letter, current medical assistant/scribe for DO orthopedic surgeon which involved shadowing his procedures/surgeries, have visited osteopathic schools last winter).

Does anyone have any insight or comments? I am not sure if the fee waiver will be available in the next couple weeks or at all..
I think it takes 10 days for the fee waiver to process. I think on the DO website there is an income chart that tells you if you will be able to get the fee waiver or not based on your income. Just use that, if your income is low enough then great you can wait, if not there is no use for you to wait!
 
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Only reason I am saying to apply is because I heard that the fee assistance is backed up. I’m not sure if theres any validity, but you should contact them and ask them.
 
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It took me exactly 2 weeks to be approved for the fee waiver FYI. Also, I heard it's not too late to apply until after Thanksgiving so you should be fine if you would like to wait.
 

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My vote is wait. You're already applying a little late. Might as well save the painful amount of money and apply a tiny bit later. The two weeks won't make as much of a difference as the hundreds (or thousands) will make. Take it from someone who was essentially in your shoes, wasted a LOT of money, and got approved for FAP (and could no longer apply for AACOM waiver because after you submit a primary with them, you're shut out).
 
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