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AFMC Fee Assistance Programs

MCAT Fee Assistance Program

Medical School Application Fee Waiver Program

What is the MCAT?

The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®), developed and administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), is a computer-based standardized examination for prospective medical students in the United States and Canada.

What is the MCAT Fee Assistance Program?

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) offer a fee assistance program for Canadian examinees in financial need who register for the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) for the 2020 and 2021 testing years.

What is the purpose of the MCAT?

It is designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioural, and social science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. For further information about the MCAT®, please visit the AAMC.

Why it matters?

In our continuing efforts to support an increasingly diverse physician workforce, the AAMC and AFMC are providing support to Canadian students who would be unable to take the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) without financial assistance.

MCAT Fee Assistance Program

Thank you for your interest in the MCAT® Fee Assistance Program for Canadians. The application window for the 2022 year has been closed. The next application period will open in Fall 2022. We invite you to consult this page regularly for any updates.

Questions regarding the program?

2022 Medical School Application Fee Waiver Program

The 2022 Medical School Application Fee Waiver Program offers awarded students with free medical school applications to participating Canadian medical schools. This program was developed to support medical school applicants facing financial barriers to applying to medical school. The Ontario program was collaboratively developed by the Price of a Dream (POD), the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine (COFM), and the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).

This year, the University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan are piloting fee waiver programs as well. Therefore, in total there are three Medical School Application Fee Waiver Programs available in this application cycle (2022-2023). All the organizations listed are committed to providing support to Canadian students who would either be unable to afford to apply to medical school or would undergo significant financial strain by attempting to apply to medical school without financial assistance.

Please refer to the 2022-23 Medical School Application Fee Waiver Program Guide. The Guide includes specifications for completing your application, as well as a list of necessary documents you must provide to be considered for fee assistance, FAQs, and other important dates. Check your eligibility by responding to the online questionnaires listed below. If you meet the assessment criteria outlined in the eligibility check, you will then have access to apply to the fee assistance program.

 

Ontario Program

Applications open on June 28, 2022, and close on August 23, 2022 (11:59 PM).

Awarded students will have their $220 OMSAS processing fee waived and receive free applications to up to three Ontario medical schools of their choice (ranging from $100 - $380 total) for the 2022-2023 application cycle.

University of Alberta Program

Applications open on June 28, 2022, and close on August 2, 2022 (11:59 PM).

Awarded students will have their $180 application fee waived for the 2022-2023 application cycle.

University of Saskatchewan Program

Applications open on June 28, 2022, and close on August 23, 2022 (11:59 PM).

Awarded students will have their $150 application fee waived, and the $75 interview fee waived if they receive an MD program interview, for the 2022-2023 application cycle.

If you have questions, please reach out to the AFMC via email (service@afmcstudentportal.ca).

Thank you for your interest in the Ontario Medical School Application Fee Waiver program. The application window for the 2022 year has been closed. The next application period will open in the summer of 2022. We invite you to consult this page regularly for any updates.

 
Questions regarding the program?