AACOM encourages financially disadvantaged applicants to become DOs!
Fee waiver requests must be received and processed prior to submitting an AACOMAS® application. Processing for fee waivers takes approximately 2-4 weeks from the date of receipt so applicants should take this into consideration when planning submission of an AACOMAS application.
To speed processing of your application for a fee waiver, please begin your AACOMAS application when you submit your request for a fee waiver. Do not complete and submit your AACOMAS application until you have heard from AACOMAS about whether your fee waiver has been approved. Your fee waiver will be applied to your application electronically.
To be considered for an AACOMAS fee waiver, you must submit a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) for the current year you received back from the Department of Education if you filed the FAFSA form. If you do not have a SAR for the current year you can submit a copy of your most recent tax return along with the tax returns of those that claim you as a dependent.
As a rough guide, you may wish to apply for a fee waiver if your annual income level is within the U.S. Bureau of Census' low-income threshold for your family's size. The number of fee waivers is limited, however, and financial need does not guarantee a fee waiver. Equally, not everyone who submits a fee waiver application will qualify financially for one.
If you receive a fee waiver, you may apply it to a maximum of three osteopathic colleges. If you receive a waiver, but wish to apply to more than three colleges, beginning with the fourth designation, you must pay the standard application fee. For example, to apply to one additional college (four total), you must pay the standard AACOMAS fee for one college; to apply to two additional colleges (five total), you must pay the standard fee for two colleges.
The AACOMAS application fee waiver is for the AACOMAS fee only. If you receive an AACOMAS fee waiver, your name is forwarded to the osteopathic medical colleges in the event they grant a waiver of their supplemental application fee. Applicants who apply for a fee waiver and qualify financially but are too late to receive an AACOMAS waiver will also have their names forwarded to osteopathic medical colleges requesting such information. Meeting AACOMAS' eligibility criterion for a fee waiver, however, does not guarantee a waiver will be granted for the supplemental fee.
To be considered for an AACOMAS fee waiver, applicants should do the following:
Click on “Other Documents” tab and click on the link “Add a Document”, select “Yes” for the fee waiver and click on “Save”.
Click on the “Request Form” link to print the cover sheet and include this with the documents you are mailing for the fee waiver application. The address is printed on this form.
Include a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) for the current school year (signed and dated) that you received back from the Department of Education if you filed the FAFSA form. Each page must be signed and dated.
If your SAR is not available for the current year or you did not file the FAFSA form, you must instead include a copy of your most recent FEDERAL tax return AND the FEDERAL tax returns of anyone who can claim you as a dependent. No other documents, including W-2s, will be accepted. Please note that if you did not file Federal taxes and no one claimed you as a dependent AACOMAS will need a letter from the Internal Revenue Service for review to confirm this information. This can be located here: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506t.pdf
If you are submitting an SAR, the copy must include your estimated family contribution (EFC), usually located in the upper right-hand corner of the first page of the SAR. If you were selected for verification (usually noted by an asterisk next to the EFC), also submit a copy of your most recent FEDERAL tax return (and the FEDERAL tax returns of anyone who claimed you as a dependent). Additional verification (including letters from the Internal Revenue Service) may be required.
To speed processing of your application for a fee waiver, please begin your AACOMAS application before you submit your request for a fee waiver.
Do not submit your AACOMAS application until you have heard from AACOMAS about whether your fee waiver has been approved. All fee waiver applicants are notified of their status through the AACOMAS application (see the message under the Support link at the top right of the page). Your fee waiver will be applied to your application electronically.
Send documents to:
AACOMAS Fee Waiver Application
1025 Connecticut Ave NW #1103
Washington, DC 20036
Be sure to follow the instructions above carefully in order to avoid any delays in processing.