New MCAT Fee Assistance Program for Canadians
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) are piloting a new fee assistance program for Canadian examinees in financial need who register for the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) during the 2018 testing year.
Canadian applicants who qualify will receive reduced scheduling, rescheduling, and cancellation rates for the 2018 and 2019 testing years. Canadian examinees will be able to register for an MCAT exam date through this pilot fee assistance program beginning on February 1, 2018.
Applications to the MCAT Fee Assistance Program open November 1, 2017.
Students interested in the Fee Assistance Program for Canadians can learn more about the eligibility criteria, application process, and deadlines by visiting AFMC's website at http://www.afmc.ca/en/mcat-fee-assistance-program. AFMC will review applications, determine eligibility for financial assistance and notify awardees.
Federal and provincial governments offer financial aid to students in the form of loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships, fellowships and repayment assistance programs. The McMaster Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (SFAS) administer these programs on behalf of the various levels of government.
In Ontario, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) and Canada Student Loans (CSL) offer an integrated Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). OSAP provides eligible Ontario students with financial aid to help pay for education-related costs such as tuition, books, compulsory fees, transportation and associated living costs. OSAP is intended to supplement a student’s (and family’s) financial resources and contributions towards their education.
In addition, Student Financial Aid and Scholarships and the MD Program provide bursary assistance to students. A bursary is a non-repayable grant for students who demonstrate financial need. It is necessary for students to apply for and receive government loan funding (i.e. OSAP) in order to be considered for bursary assistance.