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So how many schools does AMCAS actually pay for......

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Tweetie_bird, May 30, 2002.

  1. Tweetie_bird

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    I heard some dirty rumour about them paying for the first 6 schools??? True?? And while we're on the topic, anybody already filed the FAP thing....getting aid in fees for the application process?

    Tweetie
     
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  3. mpp

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    According to the <a href="http://www.aamc.org/students/applying/fap/aboutfap.htm" target="_blank">AAMC</a>:

    The regular fees for AMCAS are $150 for the first school and $30 for each additional school. Therefore, if you apply to 10 schools, your total fee would be ($150 + 9*$30 = $420).

    If you qualify for the AMCAS Fee Assistance Program (FAP), you can apply to 10 schools at no cost. Each additional school is $30.

    If you qualify for FAP, your MCAT registration fee is reduced from $180 to $75. No retro-active fee reduction is allowed.
     
  4. Doc AdamK in 2006

    Doc AdamK in 2006 Now 2 year UB Med Doc
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    That would be funny AMCAS giving away money.

    Say they had 25,000 people apply. They would be throwing away 7.5 million.

    AK
     
  5. Tweetie_bird

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    awesome. Thanks for the clarification. <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
     
  6. saimabean5

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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 Tweetie_bird:
    <strong>I heard some dirty rumour about them paying for the first 6 schools??? True?? And while we're on the topic, anybody already filed the FAP thing....getting aid in fees for the application process?

    Tweetie</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">After thinking about it, I will apply for the FAP because my app is going to be too damn expensive <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> I'm not sure if they will accept it or reject it, but its better to see if I can get a break. I don't know how long its going to take them to process, but i'll wait since im not sure if I have to take the August exam.
     
  7. isidella

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    I am dirt poor (like no food) and I applied for the FAP. Both of my parents are deceased and I make 2% above the poverty line and had whopping dental bills last year. My FAP was rejected! I even appealed and AAMC started getting nasty with me. Does anyone know someone who actually got it? If you are applying, good luck.
     
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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 isidella:
    <strong>I am dirt poor (like no food) and I applied for the FAP. Both of my parents are deceased and I make 2% above the poverty line and had whopping dental bills last year. My FAP was rejected! I even appealed and AAMC started getting nasty with me. Does anyone know someone who actually got it? If you are applying, good luck.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">How long did it take you to get it processed?? :confused:
     
  9. Doc AdamK in 2006

    Doc AdamK in 2006 Now 2 year UB Med Doc
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    I really hope you guys get that FAP!

    I spent 5,000 on secondaries including travel
    I think the secondaries will cost you more than the initial app.

    AK
     
  10. lola

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    isidella,
    that's too bad :( the fap should be for people in your type of circumstance. seems strange they rejected it.
     
  11. Tweetie_bird

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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 isidella:
    <strong>I am dirt poor (like no food) and I applied for the FAP. Both of my parents are deceased and I make 2% above the poverty line and had whopping dental bills last year. My FAP was rejected! I even appealed and AAMC started getting nasty with me. Does anyone know someone who actually got it? If you are applying, good luck.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">ouch..something is seriously wrong here. I was told by my adv. that I should get the FAP even though I am dependant (live with 'rents) but pay my own way b/c "not enough people are applying for FAP.. and there is actually money that is NOT being used." So he told us to do FAP. It's really ironic that you wouldn't get it....man, I'd be pissed. What are you going to do about this? I feel for you :( ....be well. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
     
  12. Michelys

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    Wow--I'm sorry there seems to be so much trouble with the FAP stuff. I applied for it last year (right at the deadline date matter of fact--I mailed in all my stuff from South Africa!) and was blessed enough to receive their help. Isidella--even if you call them they act nasty to you? Whoa...that's really sad. I, like you, had no way to pay for my applications as I rely on my mother who is a single parent and had to finance the repair of our roof that was in danger of caving in on our house. I wish you all the best and hope FAP works out for all of you who need it the most. BTW I only applied to the 10 schools that were waived. I didn't have money for any others. Good luck and hang in there!!!
     
  13. isidella

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    As for how long it took, about three weeks from the day I sent in my application to the day I got rejected. In my appeal I asked for the guidelines for which they judge eligability (sp?) and they did not provide it. Here is a copy of the letter I sent to them:

    To whom it may concern:
    The purpose of this correspondence is to request further evaluation of my AAMC FAP application (AAMC ID: XXXXXXXX). On 04/23/02, I received email notification of the denial of my request for AAMC fee assistance. I feel my application is due further consideration for several reasons beyond what I was able to report initially.
    First, the online FAP application requested the monetary amount I have in cash, checking and/or savings accounts. I have no cash or savings accounts; I do however have a $1500 deficit in my sole checking account. In order to finance
    my mother's funeral expenses, I incurred a $1500 liability with my bank in 2001. When I entered -$1500 into the appropriate field, the online application would not allow the "minus" character. Therefore, I reported an inaccurate amount in my checking account of zero dollars. I can provide documentation from my bank of the liability at your request.
    Additionally, after denial of my FAP application, I applied for a small loan from MBNA to cover my projected 2003 AMCAS application fees. My loan
    request was denied based on my insufficient income (considered 2% above the national federally defined poverty line) compared to the inflated cost of living in XXXXXXX, XX. I can provide documentation of this event
    from MBNA as soon as they forward the paperwork to me.
    Regarding familial contributions, both of my parents as I reported, and all of my grandparents are deceased. I have no personal means of acquiring the money needed for the AMCAS application fees so that I may apply to MD/Ph.D.
    programs.
    Finally, the $180 MCAT fee I paid in March of 2002 has significantly injured my budget. The FAP is the only resource available to me to afford the cost of the AMCAS application fees save sacrificing additional vital living
    necessities. It is my understanding that FAP approval is based on "extreme financial need." I feel I meet this criterion and therefore request you to reconsider my FAP application based on the facts I have presented in this letter. I would also like a copy of the guidelines by which you judge financial need. Please contact me if you have any concerns regarding this issue.

    Yours Sincerely,
    XXXXXXX XXXXXXXX

    And here is the letter they send back to me:

    XXXXXXX,

    While we most certainly empathize with your situation, the FAP program doesn't take into consideration any debts you may have, nor does it consider any loans you have, or have applied for. The program only considers the income you received in 2001, and any money in your checking, and savings accounts (not your negative balance). If you entered an incorrect income, or non-income amount, please send us a letter explaining the discrepancy, and requesting a review (we cannot take the letter by e-mail because a signature is required), along with the documents (1040 tax form, or statements) showing the correct amount, and we'll review your application again.
    ds

    So seriously, I don't get it. . . But I am done fighting with them. I finally got a high interest scam loan to pay for my fees and as for AAMC, I snarl in thier general direction.
    Good luck to all FAPians, continue the good battle and please post your successes or failures (I hope there are none) here.
    Isid
     
  14. saimabean5

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    That really bites for you....but in the long run you will be making enough to not worry about loans, FAP's etc...hope things work out for u! I also have my fingers crossed to get some $$. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
  15. lady bug

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    is it too late to apply for this now? Also, if I am a dependent, will they ask for my parents' financial info?
     
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    It is not too late to apply for the FAP but you have to wait until the FAP review is complete prior to submitting the AMCAS application. The AAMC FAP does not distinguish between dependent and independent students. All FAP applicants must supply parental information.
     

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