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Everyone knows that attending medical school is expensive. But do you know how much it costs to APPLY to medical school?
Expenses in the application process include MCAT registration and test preparation, application preparation including fees for each school you apply to, fees for secondary applications, and interview clothes and travel. These costs add up quickly and can vary significantly depending on what schools you choose.
Student Doctor Network has created a calculator so you can accurately estimate what your expenses will be and identify places where you might be able to save money.
Answer these questions and we will generate a cost summary for you.
How Much Does Applying to Medical School Cost?
But applying isn’t just lengthy — it’s also expensive.
No matter what you do, you will spend a few thousand dollars in total to complete the application process. It adds up fast.
With careful planning, however, you can cover these costs.
We want you to be financially prepared for your application. Below, we’ve laid out a conservative estimate on the costs involved for each step of the medical school application process, as well as a grand total.
The Medical School Application Process... and Costs Involved
Taking the MCAT
You should also consider the costs of traveling to your testing location.
On the other extreme, you could pay up to $8,250 for private tutoring and coaching from MedSchoolCoach.
The Complete Official MCAT Prep Bundle — offered by the AAMC — is your best compromise between price and content at $294.
Fees don’t stop there. Here are some hidden costs to be aware of:
It’s fair to assume that many schools will require a transcript and a CASPer test. For 15 schools, that comes to $160 total for CASPer tests and $150 for transcripts. Add a $50 committee letter and a $20 letter collection service, and you’re looking at about $370.
Some schools don’t charge anything for secondary applications. The ones that do may charge up to $135. Allopathic medical schools average about $83, while Osteopathic schools are a bit lower at $61 on average. Our calculator can tell you each school’s secondary application cost.
With that said, assuming you apply to 15 allopathic schools and get secondaries from each of them, you’ll pay a total of $1,215.
Interviews and Visits
Depending on the distance between you and the school, you could take a plane, train, bus, or car. You may be at the school for several days, so factor in expenses for meals and a night or two of accommodations.
Let’s assume you get three interviews. A fair estimate for travel expenses would be $350 per interview on average, meaning $1,050 total.
The Grand Total
It’s vital that you start planning for this expense early, whether you save up for it yourself or apply for financial assistance.
Financial Aid Available
These programs have a limited amount of funds available. If you need financial assistance for your medical school application process, apply to these programs as early as possible.
AAMC Fee Assistance
AACOM Fee Assistance
How to Use This Tool
To use the calculator, choose all options that apply to you on each screen. Once you’re done, you’ll see your grand total at the Cost Summary screen. From there, you can save your results for budgeting purposes or review your expenses and find ways to save.
Good luck on your application process. It’s long and expensive, but the work will be worth it when you have your acceptance letter in hand.