How much did people spend for med school admissions?

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  1. Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003]

    Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003] Platinum Member

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    Hi anyone. I read on the forum that people were spending upto $12,000 just for med school admissions (can anyone top that?). It would be interesting to know how much do people spend for the med school admissions. I would think that many people got into credit card debt :( because of that. How did you repay your credit cards? I heard that you do not really have time to work while in med school. Has anyone used those debt consolidation services?
     
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    I spent about $3,000 without any acceptances so far. If I end up reapplying, I'm sure this number will double and possibly triple if I have a better cycle. Probably will need to take out another credit card to be able to pay for it all. The others are maxed out!
     
  4. Doctora Foxy

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    $6,000 and I still owe 2G's on my credit card

    I remember getting my paycheck every week and sending it off to a med school with a secondary...ah, those were the days! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
  5. Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003]

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    Foxy how do you type question sign upside down?
     
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    Kazzar Psychiatrist

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    Lets see:

    13 schools applied to via AMACS: $540

    12 secondaries sent out: $600

    Gas for my interviews at USC and UCI: $20

    Flight/dinner/drinks at my WashU interview: $600

    Getting to become a doctor and seeing people naked: Priceless

    Ok, that joke was long in coming... I'm sure its been done before.

    So I spent $1760 for applications to 13 schools: 2 waitlists, 1 acceptance.

    If you got loans, $2000 is a drop in the bucket. Besides, considering you'll be paying $50,000 a year in total costs for most schools, its a small throw in the engorged bucket.
     
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    $6800 and no balance on my CC card! <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />

    fortunately my pay check was enough to pay for rent and application fees. unfortunately that leaves a balance of zero in my bank account!

    i remembered stressing/complaining about the huge cost, but now comparing that to the 50k/yr i'll have to take out for the next 4 yrs, this is nothing.
     
  8. like in all honesty?!

    does it matter?! ur going to spend as much or as little that gets u by, right!?

    just put aside as much money as you can...and just watch it disappear faster than a bunch of donuts in rosie o'donnells frige :p
     
  9. kaw

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    probably around 3,000 for 15 schools to begin with: 2 acc, 4 waits, 4 reject, rest discontinued. This crap is really expensive
     
  10. It's understandable that you would pay that much....but i'm wondering whether or not anyone really hasn't spent that much at all...i have a friend who applied to only two schools...i guess a little dumb, but he was certainly well qualified....total in all for him..i think around a couple hundred...........amazing!!
     
  11. Doctora Foxy

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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 RNA Ladder 2003:
    <strong>Foxy how do you type question sign upside down?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I don't know! <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> I just copy and paste it from that link. But On microsoft Word you just type "ctrl alt shift ?"
     
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    I lost count at about $3K, but all totaled, with interview clothes and everything, I think its somewhere around $5K. That's for 25 AMCAS schools, about 18 secondaries, 4 interviews, from which I got 3 accepts so far (still waiting to hear from MCPHU post-interview). I had a couple more interview invites, but turned them down b/c of cost.
     
  13. All told (including interview clothes), I spent about $2500, over half of which was for the MCAT and the associated Kaplan prep course. So just for med school apps and interviews, it comes to around $1200 for 9 schools.
     
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    Disclaimer - these are all approximations. I am avoiding finding all my receipts.
    MCAT Prep Class: $1000
    MCAT Test: $170
    24 AMCAS primaries: $840
    22 Secondaries: $1500
    2 Non-AMCAS Apps: $200
    12 "away" interviews: $3600
    1 "home" interview: $40
    un-paid time off from work: $2400 (plus all my paid vacation & sick days)

    I owe nothing on my credit cards, although I did have to carry a balance two times. I owe my partner $3000 for rent and living expenses.

    It's really expensive, but I won't be reapplying, and that makes it worth it. If I had narrowed my list (like I thought I would have to for $ reasons, I did turn down a 14th interview and secondary b/c I was too broke), I would have dropped the three schools that accepted me, so it was completely worth it.

    Good luck.
     
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    I think that I was around $8,000.

    It would be for 22 applications, AMCAS, MCAT, Travel to and from 5 inteviews (all flying), and other misc. copying costs etc.

    I did get 4 accepts so I think that it was worth it, but I did stay broke most of this year, and had CC debt. until this last month.
     
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    It was between 8 and $9,000 to prep for (I took Kaplan twice, the 2nd time at a very nominal fee) and take the MCAT, apply to 22 AMCAS (and 1 non-AMCAS) schools, and interview at (in a professional looking suit) a dozen schools. But I live in Alaska, and the airlines are pretty much holding us hostage up here.
     
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    AMCAS fee: $870
    Dell computer (P4): $869 <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
    Offer of admission: priceless :D

    "dude, you're going to med school"
     
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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"> <strong>
    "dude, you're going to med school"</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"><img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> Funny!
     
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    Upside down ? = hold down alt and push 168 at the same time and voila! ? Ta-dah :D !
     
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    ohh my GOD!!!

    I guess I have to find a job with higher salary or take a third one. My mom told me that she does not like that my obsession of applying to medical school and she will not support me neither money nor morally :( She found out that I took some pre-med classes which are not requirement for my major :(
    I cannot understand what are her problems if have a full ride schoolarship from my university...sometimes parents so hard to understand.
     

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