Resources › For Students and Parents 2020 MCAT Costs and Fee Assistance Program Share Flipboard Email Print PeopleImages.com / Getty Images For Students and Parents Graduate School Medical School Admissions Choosing a Graduate Program Tips & Advice Admissions Essays Recommendation Letters Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Admissions College Life Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Kelly Roell Education Expert B.A., English, University of Michigan Kelly Roell is the author of "Ace the ACT. " She has a master's degree in secondary English education and has worked as a high school English teacher. our editorial process Kelly Roell Updated October 15, 2019 In 2020, the basic cost of the MCAT is $320. This price includes both the test itself and the distribution of your scores to all the medical schools on your list. Additional fees must be paid for test date and/or test center changes. If these costs are burdensome for you, you may be eligible for the Fee Assistance Program, which significantly reduces the cost of the MCAT. The tables below provide details on all the costs associated with the MCAT, including the FAP. MCAT Fees and Registration Zones There are three registration “zones” for the MCAT: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The Gold Zone offers the greatest flexibility and the lowest cost. However, the Gold Zone closes 29 days before the exam date, so you must register early to receive these benefits. MCAT Fees Gold Zone Silver Zone Bronze Zone Registration Deadline 29 days prior to exam date 15 days prior to exam date 8 days prior to exam date Scheduling Fee $320 $320 $375 Date or Test Center Reschedule Fee $95 $160 N/A Cancellation Refund $160 N/A N/A International Fee $115 $115 $115 Source: American Association of Medical Colleges MCAT Fee Assistance Program If you qualify for the AAMC's Fee Assistance Program, you can take the MCAT at a reduced cost. These reduced fees follow the same tiered registration model (Gold, Silver, Bronze) as the standard MCAT fees. MCAT Fees with FAP Gold Zone Silver Zone Bronze Zone Registration Deadline 29 days prior to exam date 15 days prior to exam date 8 days prior to exam date Scheduling Fee $130 $130 $185 Date or Test Center Reschedule Fee $50 $75 N/A Cancellation Refund $65 N/A N/A International Fee $115 $115 $115 Source: American Association of Medical Colleges There are other benefits of the Fee Assistance Program, too. FAP recipients receive AMCAS application fee waivers, complimentary access to the AAMC's database of medical school admissions information, and complimentary access to all of the AAMC's online MCAT prep materials. The Fee Assistance Program is open to U.S. citizens, U.S Nationals, lawful permanent residents of the United States, and those who have been granted refugee status/asylum status/deferred action under DACA by the U.S. government. To qualify, you must meet strict financial need requirements determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' poverty level guidelines. If your application qualifies, you will be required to submit financial documentation. Additional MCAT Costs There are several unofficial, "hidden" costs to the MCAT, such as traveling to the test center and taking time off from a part-time job to study. While you can't eliminate these costs entirely, you can make them more manageable by planning ahead. Make sure to sign up for the MCAT as early as possible in order to benefit from the Gold Zone's lower fees. If you have to travel to a test center or even stay overnight at a hotel, make those plans as soon as you can, as well. Choose your MCAT prep materials strategically by seeking out free MCAT resources and choosing high-quality MCAT prep courses that will give you the most bang for your buck. 2020 MCAT Test Dates and Score Release Dates MCAT Fee Assistance Program (FAP) The 8 Best MCAT Practice Tests of 2020 The Princeton Review MCAT Prep Review The 8 Best MCAT Prep Books of 2020 What Is the MCAT? Overview and FAQs How to Make Changes to Your MCAT Registration 2020 LSAT Costs and Fee Waivers Before You Register for the MCAT The Best Free MCAT Prep Resources AAMC’s MCAT Prep Review Kaplan MCAT Prep Review The 8 Best MCAT Prep Courses of 2020 When Is the ACT? Affordable MCAT Prep For The Not-So-Rich How Much Does It Cost to Apply to College?