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How much $$$ did you spend in the application process?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Symphony101, May 4, 2007.

  1. Symphony101

    Symphony101 2+ Year Member

    Apr 7, 2007
    Counting primaries, secondaries, travel fees, etc.

    Currently, I have $1500 that I can spend on med school applications. I'm working two jobs this summer so hopefully I'll save a bit more. I just want to gauge how much people have spent int the past.

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  3. alwaysaangel

    alwaysaangel 5+ Year Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Orange, CA
    I hit about 4k easily. But if I could do it again I would have applied to fewer schools.
  4. Silence

    Silence Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2006
    i spent at least $3k. a big chunk of that was in travel fees.
  5. chable

    chable A sphincter says, "what." 7+ Year Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Club Silencio
    Spent over 3K....estimated breakdown:

    Pre-med committee letter and service: $30
    Primary Application: $900
    Secondary Applications: $1800
    Envelopes, Stamps, ,Postcards, Paper, etc: ~$50 (rough estimation)
    Travel (plane ride, hotel, food): $800
    Suit, shirt, shoes and a tie: $650
    Suit carrying bag: $100
    Leather Portfolio: $20
    Nintendo Wii (for distraction) + games: $500
  6. SeminoleFan3

    SeminoleFan3 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    Too much.

    $400 Primary
    $900 Secondary
    $100 Suit
    $2000 (4 interviews: plane tickets, rental cars, food, hotels, gas)
  7. etf

    etf Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 27, 2005
    last time it was around $8k. this time, i'm going to try and keep it under 5.
  8. dbhvt

    dbhvt Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 9, 2005
    Post a poll. 1500 isn't going to get you very far. Personally, it was around 4k, and really caused some financial problems for me. Hindsight tells me I should have gone to fewer interviews, but it's really tough to make that judgement at the outset.
  9. alwaysaangel

    alwaysaangel 5+ Year Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Orange, CA
    Anyway, as you can tell, OP, to keep it under 1500 is going to be a stretch. So get a job or a credit card or something.

    If you live in a state where in-staters have a good chance and you want to stay in state, then you can probably keep the costs down. But if you're planning to apply to more than, like 7 schools, you're going to need a lot more than $1500.

    7 schools:

    Primary: $250 (130+4x30)
    Secondaries: ~$500 (7x~75 each)
    Suit: $100 (if you do thrift store/super cheap stuff)
    Already at $800 and you haven't done any interviews etc.
    Interviews are the most variant, but for arguments sake lets say you get like 3/7 interviews. And you can drive to 1/3 and can stay with a student host at 1/3 (these are random numbers but seem pretty respresentative for how many schools offer hosts and how many applicants can drive to interviews).
    Now you've got like $100 gas, $400 flights, $200 hotels, $50 for taxis/subways/buses. And interviews are going to run you about $750 more and thats a pretty conservative estimate.

    So IF you only applied to a few schools and only went on a few interviews, yes it would be doable. But since most people don't have a 4.0 GPA, 40 MCAT and sparkling personality most people have to apply more broadly. Decide how confident you are in your application and decide how many schools you want to apply to. Then find a way to get enough money.
  10. Steiner

    Steiner 10+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    I kept a running total in my MdApps profile. I'll stop counting when I walk in to class the first day.
  11. crimsonkid85

    crimsonkid85 7+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2006

    I started typing out how much each thing cost, and then I got a huge headache because things cost so much/there were so many things to list :/ I was fortunate enough to not look too closely at how much things cost, but I do know that my parents weren't too thrilled about it!
  12. Mobius1985

    Mobius1985 7+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    AMCAS $250
    Secondaries 300
    Kaplan 1000
    MCAT 210
    supplies 28 (postage, photos, fax, etc)
    gas 45
    dress clothes 260

    Total $2193 (I applied to 5 schools)
  13. koennen

    koennen Lend Me An Ear 10+ Year Member

    Oct 30, 2006
    Philadelphia, PA
    Whoa! You went all out on the suit! Where did you get it? K-Mart or the Goodwill Thrift Shop? :laugh: :laugh:
  14. alwaysaangel

    alwaysaangel 5+ Year Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Orange, CA
    I'm a girl and mine cost $30 + $20 for shoes.

    If you look you can find great deals.
  15. Symphony101

    Symphony101 2+ Year Member

    Apr 7, 2007
    Yeesh, this doesn't look too good for me, then.

    I start teaching for Kaplan soon, and they pay well. I also have a waitress job (yay tips!)...

    Or MAYBE I'll just participate in this study where they experiment w/limb sensations! LOTS OF $$$ for human participants! :)
  16. Dr2Bee

    Dr2Bee 2+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2006
    About $4-5K for this app cycle.
  17. badasshairday

    badasshairday Vascular and Interventional Radiology 10+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2007
    What the hell? You have to buy a suit? F that, I'm going in with a nice shirt, tie, black slacks, and black shoes. I am poor!
  18. emaj1n

    emaj1n M1 2+ Year Member

    Oct 16, 2006
    Probably around 2k, including the MCAT. I applied to only seven schools, four of which were in-state. I drove to all three of my interviews and only used a hotel for one.
  19. mediocriskid

    mediocriskid Junior Member 2+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2006
    $7K which is pretty ridiculous. One of those self inflicting wounds that only gets worse. Now i'll be $200k in debt in 4 years.
  20. RokChalkJayhawk

    RokChalkJayhawk Muck Fizzou 2+ Year Member

    Jun 10, 2006
    Awfully close to a suit.
  21. NYyanx28

    NYyanx28 7+ Year Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    New York
    You can check out my mdapp's for the price breakdown, but I believe mine was slightly over $4,000. Granted I didn't fly to any of my interviews since they were regional. At most I stayed over in a hotel twice. So if you are applying to roughly 15 schools, get interviews at just under half and most are regional, expect to spend at the minimum $4,000.
  22. SeminoleFan3

    SeminoleFan3 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    Exactly. I'm female. I bought mine at Macy's during a sale. Hence, the $100.
  23. bretticus

    bretticus Neuroradiology fellow 10+ Year Member

    Jul 13, 2006
    $2654, plus some odds and ends.
  24. nabs86

    nabs86 2+ Year Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    I applied to 11 schools and spend about $2000 (but I didn't get very many interviews and stayed with friends/family when I travelled)
  25. natusss

    natusss Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    if money is really an issue you can always apply for AAMC financial aid. they will waive your application fee for 11 schools and decrease the MCAT cost to $90.
    Good luck! :)

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