Fee Assistance Program

The ADEA AADSAS Fee Assistance Program is no longer accepting applications and supplemental materials for the 2017 cycle, as of 5:00 pm ET, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. ADEA FAP received a high number of applications for the 2017 cycle, and because the program runs on a first come first served basis, the funding for the program has been depleted for this cycle.  Applicants who have already submitted an application with supplemental materials prior to 5:00 p.m. ET June 21, 2016 will be apprised of available funding within the next two weeks. Any supplemental materials that are post marked after 5:00 p.m. ET, June 21, 2016 will not be reviewed.

Applicants who have been approved for fee assistance will have 10 business days from the date they were approved to eSubmit their 2017 ADEA AADSAS application.  If you do not eSubmit your 2017 ADEA AADSAS application within 10 business days of being approved, your acceptance for the ADEA FAP will be denied.   


The ADEA AADSAS® Fee Assistance Program (FAP) is a program for dental school applicants with extreme financial need that helps pay the cost of the ADEA AADSAS application. An application is required and funds are limited.



FAP is an independent program offered by ADEA AADSAS and is not affiliated with any government, college or university, scholarship, grant, or fellowship program. Approval for fee assistance is at the sole discretion of ADEA AADSAS.

For the 2017 application cycle, $441 will be provided to applicants who qualify. This amount will cover up to three dental school designations on your ADEA AADSAS application (the first school at $245 plus two additional schools at $98 each). Benefits will expire if not used within 10 business days of notification of the award.

The ADEA AADSAS Fee Assistance Program becomes available on June 1 after the opening of the ADEA AADSAS application cycle and will remain available until all funds are expended.

To apply for fee assistance, you must:

  • Submit the “Fee Assistance Application” within ADEA AADSAS. (Do not print and mail the application.)
  • Mail all FAP required documents to ADEA AADSAS FAP. The mailing address is provided on the FAP Cover Sheet. 

It is important to read all FAP instructions and policies carefully before completing the FAP application. Failing to thoroughly read policies and follow instructions could result in processing delays, missed deadlines and/or disqualification for the Fee Assistance Program.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to the Fee Assistance Program, which is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and well in advance of dental school deadlines. Applicants who submit an ADEA AADSAS application prior to receiving notification of approval for fee assistance will be ineligible.

To be eligible to apply for FAP:

  • You, your spouse and your parents/guardians all must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents (Green Card).
  • You must complete and submit the electronic “Fee Assistance Program Application.”
  • Your family’s total income must be 300% or less than the U.S. Poverty Guidelines level for your family size. Use the chart below to determine family eligibility for fee assistance.

ADEA AADSAS re-applicants approved in previous application cycles may be eligible to receive fee assistance through ADEA AADSAS for no more than two application cycles.

Poverty Guidelines in Annual Income by Family Size

  Family SizeU.S. Poverty GuidelinesADEA Poverty Guidelines
100% Poverty Guideline300% Poverty Guideline
1 11,880 35,640
2 16,020 48,060
3 20,160 60,4800
4 24,300 72,900
5 28,440 85,320
6 32,580 97,740
7 36,730 110,190
8 40,890 122,670
9 45,050 135,150
10 49,210 147,630

After you have completed and submitted the FAP application, it is your responsibility to mail copies of all required documents (please do not send originals) to FAP within 10 business days. You have only one opportunity to submit all required documents, and all required documents must be received in one packet at one time. If you submit your documents without the proper documentation, including the coversheet, you will be denied for FAP. For questions, please contact FAPAADSAS@adea.org.

The FAP packet must contain the following:

  • FAP coversheet.PDF (If it is absent, your application may be delayed or denied.)
  • Copies of 2015 Federal tax returns (including the 1040 tax forms, W2s, W9Sor 1099s) from you, your spouse and your parents/guardians, or a letter of explanation if you are unable to submit all required documents. (Do not send originals.)
  • Financial aid award letter.

Required tax returns are based on your dependency status and tax filing status.

  • If you were 25 years old before Jan. 1, 1991, you are required to provide 1040 tax forms, W2s, W9s or 1099s for yourself and your spouse, if married.
  • If you were or will be 25 years old on or after Jan. 1, 1991, you are required to provide 1040 tax forms, W2s, W9s or 1099s for yourself, your spouse (if applicable) and your parents/guardians, or a letter of explanation if you are unable to submit all required documents.

If you, your parent or spouse didn’t work during the 2015 tax year, and none of the required financial supporting documents (such as 1040 tax returns, W2s or 1099s) are available, you will have to show a source of income. To do so, complete the Supporting Documents Verification FormPDF or the Financial Aid Verification Form.PDF More information is provided below. 


Please be advised: 
As with all aspects of the ADEA AADSAS application, it is expected that applicants for FAP will not misrepresent themselves. Reporting false information or submitting forged documents could result in the cancelation of the ADEA AADSAS application and notification sent to all dental schools. Be sure to verify that all information and documents provided for the FAP application are valid and accurate.

These documents may be requested to help determine eligibility for FAP if you do not have any of the tax forms or other required documents, or can be submitted to support your application. Documents must be accompanied by the verification formPDF and a letter from the appropriate agency.

  • Child support payments: Payments made from one parent to another to cover monthly expenses for the child.
  • Food stamp or public assistance: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
  • Proof of Social Security/disability benefits: Monthly payments to retired workers, beneficiaries or disabled workers.
  • Proof of veterans’ benefits: Programs and services provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs to veterans who are deceased, service members and their beneficiaries.
  • Proof of workers’ compensation benefits: A form of insurance providing wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured during the course of employment.
  • Proof of housing, food and other living allowances. 

Processing time:

ADEA AADSAS allows applicants 10 business days after they apply online to submit required documents to support their FAP request. Once the FAP required documents and coversheet are received, the standard processing time for an FAP application is 10 business days.

Application status:

Applicants will be notified of a decision via email using the email account provided in the ADEA AADSAS application. Applicants may check their FAP application status and decision by logging into their ADEA AADSAS application and clicking on “status.”

Applicants who submit an ADEA AADSAS application prior to receiving notification of approval for fee assistance will be ineligible.

Next steps after a decision has been made:

  1. If approved: You must complete the ADEA AADSAS application, designate three dental schools, select “Submit with FAP” as your payment type (do not select credit card) and submit the ADEA AADSAS application.

    FAP participants are able to apply to additional dental schools ($98 each) after they have submitted the ADEA AADSAS application.

    **Once an applicant is approved for fee assistance, s/he will have 10 business days to submit the ADEA AADSAS application to receive the fee waiver.**

  2. If denied: You must complete the ADEA AADSAS application through the standard process.