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Aspirants & Applicants

Aspirants & Applicants

Thinking about Medical School? Want to know the admission requirements to medical school?

Every year the AFMC gathers information on Admission Requirements directly from the 17 Faculties of Medicine in Canada and publishes a free guide to help students navigate the application process. The guide contains detailed information on every school, from MCAT requirements, to the number of available seats (including breakdown of restricted or reserved seats), application timelines and dates, interview dates, application requirements and fees, applicant success rates, combined program information, a complete set of contacts for the admission departments…and much more. The AFMC Admissions Guide is the place to get free information on every medical school in Canada in one convenient location.

MCAT Fee Assistance 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®).

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.

Step 1

Find out which Canadian Faculties of Medicine require the MCAT test as part of their admission requirements at Admission Requirements of Canadian Faculties of Medicine or by checking the schools’ websites.

Step 2

All applicants should read the MCAT® Fee Assistance Program for Canadians Application Guide which offers all the information required including program eligibility, award benefits and post submission processes.

Step 3

Check your eligibility by responding to the online questionnaire here. If you meet the assessment criteria outlined in the eligibility check, you will then have access to apply to the fee assistance program.

Step 4

Review the application and processing timelines. The application period for the 2024 testing year is now open. All applicants must submit required financial documentation to verify personal income, that of a spouse (if applicable) and parent’s incomes.

 

 

Note: All applicants should read the MCAT® Fee Assistance Program for Canadians Application Guide (Step 2) prior to applying.

Step 5

The AFMC evaluates applications for fee assistance. Successful applicants will receive reduced scheduling, rescheduling and cancellation rates for 2024 testing year. Awardees will also receive the MCAT® Official Prep Online-Only Bundle.

MCAT Fee Assistance Program Application Steps
Step 1

Find out which Canadian Faculties of Medicine require the MCAT test as part of their admission requirements at Admission Requirements of Canadian Faculties of Medicine or by checking the schools’ websites.

Step 2

All applicants should read the MCAT® Fee Assistance Program for Canadians Application Guide which offers all the information required including program eligibility, award benefits and post submission processes.

Step 3

Check your eligibility by responding to the online questionnaire here. If you meet the assessment criteria outlined in the eligibility check, you will then have access to apply to the fee assistance program.

Step 4

Review the application and processing timelines. The application period for the 2023 cycle is now open. All applicants must submit required financial documentation to verify personal income, that of a spouse (if applicable) and parent’s incomes.

Note: All applicants should read the MCAT® Fee Assistance Program for Canadians Application Guide (Step 2) prior to applying.

Step 5

The AFMC evaluates applications for fee assistance. Successful applicants will receive reduced scheduling, rescheduling and cancellation rates for 2023 testing year. Awardees will also receive the MCAT® Official Prep Online-Only Bundle.

Thank you for your interest in the MCAT® Fee Assistance Program for Canadians. The application window for the 2024 year has been closed. The next application period will open in Fall 2024. We invite you to consult this page regularly for any updates.

2024 Medical School Application Fee Waiver Program

The 2024 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 (2024-2025). 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 2024 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 27, 2024, and close on August 22, 2024 (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 $125 – $390 total) for the 2024-2025 application cycle.

 

CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY AND APPLY

 

University of Alberta Program

 

Applications open on May 13, 2024, and close on July 15, 2024 (11:59 PM).

 

Awarded students will have their $180 application fee waived for the 2024-2025 application cycle.

 

CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY AND APPLY

 

University of Saskatchewan Program

 

Applications open on May 13, 2024 and close on July 15, 2024 (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 2024-2025 application cycle.

 

CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY AND APPLY

 

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