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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Jameson, Feb 9, 2002.

  1. Jameson

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    For all of you who are going through the appliction process right now, how did you stand financially this time a year ago? Did you know about how much you were going to spend? Did you start sending out "please send your donations to the broke premeder" cards to your family/friends? Perhaps pick up a second job? Start selling you plasma like its going out of style? :D :D Thanks for the input everyone - Peace
     
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  3. Doctora Foxy

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    hehe I had NO idea how much money this would cost. Luckily I just turned 21, so I got to spend my birthday money on med school apps, and I stopped going shopping :( .

    The best was when my grandma sent me a check for christmas and I gave it to Mt. Sinai for Hanukah :)

    Now I owe $1500+ on credit card bills.....gracias to mami, papi y las abuelas por su dinero!!!!!!
     
  4. Dr. Kermit

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    This is going to be completely depressing. I funded my med school applications and travelling using graduation money and my job money. Keep in mind, I am living at home for the year, but being a lab tech doesn't pay that much!

    AMCAS= $540 (14 schools)
    Secondaries= $1035
    Non-AMCAS= $75
    Postage= $75 (I mailed all of my secondaries priority and tracked them. Plus with all of the AMCAS screw ups, I had to send updates and transcripts, etc.
    Travel expenses= $400 (keep in mind I stayed with boyfriend or his family or friends for all of my interviews, so there are no hotel costs here.)
    Deposits= $400 (two of which are refundable and I have requested back, but do you really think I will get them back anytime soon?)

    GRAND TOTAL= $2525

    So, you can adjust your expected expenses for next year!
     
  5. SMW

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    I'm up to about $7500, including MCAT prep class, AMCAS, secondaries, postage, letter service fees, additional transcripts, interview suit, airfare + change fees after coordinating interviews, gifts for student hosts, taxis, shuttles, etc. I've been on 6 interviews, with 8 more scheduled (some of the airfare is already paid), so the total is still going up. Since I always stay with student hosts, this total includes only one hotel room for one night (a regional interview). Luckily my parents can afford this.
     
  6. Jameson

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    Ya know things weren't looking too bad until I got to your post SMW. Holy cow <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" /> My jaw just about fell like my little blue graemlin. That is like a years tuition at some schools. Thanks for the info everyone.....anyone else?
    Peace
     
  7. Dr. Kermit

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Dr. Kermit:
    <strong>This is going to be completely depressing. I funded my med school applications and travelling using graduation money and my job money. Keep in mind, I am living at home for the year, but being a lab tech doesn't pay that much!

    AMCAS= $540 (14 schools)
    Secondaries= $1035
    Non-AMCAS= $75
    Postage= $75 (I mailed all of my secondaries priority and tracked them. Plus with all of the AMCAS screw ups, I had to send updates and transcripts, etc.
    Travel expenses= $400 (keep in mind I stayed with boyfriend or his family or friends for all of my interviews, so there are no hotel costs here.)
    Deposits= $400 (two of which are refundable and I have requested back, but do you really think I will get them back anytime soon?)

    GRAND TOTAL= $2525

    So, you can adjust your expected expenses for next year!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">SMW, you're killing me, I completely forgot about MCATs, Kaplan, and a suit. Hmm, okay:

    MCAT= $320 (I took 'em twice)
    Kaplan= $1200
    AMCAS= $540 (14 schools)
    Secondaries= $1035
    Non-AMCAS= $75
    Postage= $75 (I mailed all of my secondaries priority and tracked them. Plus with all of the AMCAS screw ups, I had to send updates and transcripts, etc.
    Suit= $450 (I bought two suits. Both had a jacket, pants, and skirt.)
    Travel expenses= $400 (keep in mind I stayed with boyfriend or his family or friends for all of my interviews, so there are no hotel costs here.)
    Deposits= $400 (two of which are refundable and I have requested back, but do you really think I will get them back anytime soon?)

    GRAND TOTAL= $4495

    I think I got it now. I did send my boyfriend's parents two thank you gifts for having me there since the two times I stayed there were either on a Jewish holiday or another holiday. And, I took my friend out to dinner, but it would be too depressing to really figure out how much I've spent!
     

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