Costs of Applying


What are the application fees for utilizing the services of the Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising?

Settting up a veCollect recommendation letters account: $25

First-time applicant: $80

Reapplying applicant: $60

Why is there an application fee for the processing of my application?

We wish we did not have to charge applicants for the application services offered through the Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising. However, there are a number of components of the process which are above and beyond what we can reasonably request support from the university. These include the annual fees associated with a technical application processing service called Applications Online, the cost for uploading applications to health professions schools through a service called Virtual Evals, a stipend paid to Committee Members to draft Committee letters who are not employees of this office, and salary for editors we use to review Committee letters. Bottom line: we process over 300 applications within 3-4 months and the costs of the process exceeds our allocated budget.

Can I obtain a fee waiver for the application fee?

The first thing you should know about obtaining a fee waiver is that any applicant who qualifies for the AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP) automatically qualifies for a fee waiver through this office. FAP eligibility decisions are tied directly to the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services’ poverty level guidelines. For the 2008 calendar year, applicants whose total family income is 300 percent or less of the poverty level for their family size are eligible for fee assistance. To learn more about FAP, go to

Please know that if you are dealing with circumstances that you believe impact your ability to pay our $80 application processing fee, you must send an email to

What if I pay my application fee and end up not applying for that particular cycle?

If you have a Committee interview in the spring semester and, because of a low MCAT score or some other reason, you ultimately decide not to apply for that cycle, the application fee you have paid through this office will be applied to the subsequent application cycle.


The application process for applying to medical school is costly and time consuming. You should be aware of and prepared for the costs associated with this process. For example, the cost of taking the MCAT is $235. The cost of your AMCAS/AACOMAS application depends on the number of schools to which you apply. The fee for the first designated AMCAS medical school is $160 and $32 for each additional school. JHU applicants apply to an average of 15-20 schools. In addition, many medical schools charge a supplemental fee ($40-$100) due upon return of the secondary or supplemental application. In addition to application and testing fees, you are responsible for all expenses (including travel) associated with interviewing.

Fee waiver or reduction options are available for both the MCAT and the AMCAS. The appropriate forms can be found online at:

Below are some key resources to help you through planning for the costs associated with applying to medical school.

FIRST for Medical Education: The Cost of Applying to Medical School

FIRST for Medical Education: The Financial Aid Application Process

Aspiring Docs: Financing Medical School