Financial Support

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Our vision is to increase diversity among medical students by eliminating some of the financial barriers associated with applying to medical school.


MD Admissions Initiative for Diversity and Equity (MD AIDE) works to address inequity in the medical school admissions process that disadvantages students facing financial barriers and students from underrepresented backgrounds. We work alongside the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry's MD Program office, the Division of Community Engagement, and community partners to offer a wide variety of support to potential applicants.

As an MD AIDE student, you will receive both free MCAT and Interview preparation. Over the summer, we offer a 3 month MCAT prep course taught by current medical students. The course consists of two 3 hour sessions a week from May to July. Students will also receive access to donated MCAT prep books and AAMC practice questions and exams. MD AIDE students are set up with a medical student mentor to provide guidance and support throughout the application process. New for 2020, we will be providing an Interview preparation course from December to January. This is available to past and current MD AIDE students as well as Indigenous students applying to the University of Alberta's medical school.

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MCAT Fee Assistance Program

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 2020 testing year.

Canadian applicants who qualify will receive reduced scheduling, rescheduling, and cancellation rates for the 2020 and 2021 testing years. Canadian examinees will be able to register for an MCAT exam date through this pilot fee assistance program beginning on February 1, 2020.

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. AFMC will review applications, determine eligibility for financial assistance and notify awardees.

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Price of a Dream

If applying to medical school is a significant financial burden to you, consider applying to the UAlberta Medical School Application Fee Waiver Program and save up to $180. This program subsidizes the cost for UAlberta’s medical school application for the 2022-2023 application cycle. Applications open on June 28, 2022 (at midnight) and close on August 2, 2022 (11:59 PM). You can assess your eligibility and apply here.

If you have any questions, please contact the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada ( For resources to support your application process, you can connect with the Price of a Dream team via email ( or Instagram (@priceofadream_md).