ADEA DHCAS℠ Application Fees and Fee Assistance Program

Application Fees

ADEA DHCAS collects materials and distributes them as the primary application to participating programs. Applicants can apply to any number of participating programs with one set of materials.

The application fee for ADEA DHCAS is dependent on the number of programs an applicant applies to. The fee is $95 for the first program designation and $45 for each additional program designation. Below is a sample fee table:

 1 program   $95
 2 programs    $140 
 3 programs    $185

Payment for the ADEA DHCAS application is by credit card or debit card only (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover). Applicants who apply and later want to apply to additional programs can return to their original application and add new program designations.

Fee Assistance Program Overview

The ADEA DHCAS Fee Assistance Program (FAP) was created to reduce the cost of applying to dental hygiene programs through ADEA DHCAS for students who demonstrate extreme financial need.

Eligibility for FAP is determined by reviewing the financial resources of the applicant, spouse, and parent/guardian of the applicant. All FAP applicants are required to meet minimum qualifications before applying. This program is not affiliated with any government, college or university, scholarship, grant or fellowship programs. This is an independent program offered by ADEA.

It is important to read all FAP policies and instructions carefully before completing an FAP application. Failing to thoroughly read policies and instructions may result in a delay in processing requests, and result in missed deadlines and disqualification for fee assistance. Applicants applying to FAP should refrain from submitting the ADEA DHCAS application while the FAP application is under review.

Fee Assistance Program Instructions

A limited amount of ADEA DHCAS application fee assistance is available. Fee assistance is granted to financially disadvantaged applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis. ADEA DHCAS will decide eligibility for fee assistance based on income, or parental income, if the applicant is claimed as a dependent, as reported on the most recent Federal Income Tax Return.

Income must be less than 300% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ poverty level guidelines (see chart below), based on number of people in the household. No other documentation is accepted. The ADEA DHCAS fee assistance program applies to the ADEA DHCAS application fee only and allows approved applicants to apply to one dental hygiene program in ADEA DHCAS for free. If the applicant would like to apply to more than one program, an additional fee of $45 is required for each additional designation. Applicants are still responsible for supplemental application fees regardless of the ADEA DHCAS fee assistance program status.

To Be Considered for ADEA DHCAS Fee Assistance, an Applicant Must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident, or have refugee/asylum status
  • Submit an ADEA DHCAS Fee Assistance Request form
  • Submit the completed form with a copy of the most recent Federal Income Tax Return to ADEA DHCAS. Applicants should submit parent’s Tax Return, if claimed as a dependent
  • An applicant must NOT e-submit the application until ADEA DHCAS approves or denies the fee assistance request.
    • If the application is e-submitted prior to notification, ADEA DHCAS will automatically deny the fee assistance request.
  • If approved for ADEA DHCAS fee assistance
    • choose the money order option as the form of payment
    • e-submit completed ADEA DHCAS application to one program within 60 calendar days from the time the fee waiver approval letter is sent or fee assistance will expire.

After applicants have submitted an FAP-approved application, they can return to the application to designate additional programs and pay by credit card at a rate of $45 per designation.

Low Income Levels

ADEA DHCAS fee assistance is tied to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' poverty level guidelines. The low-income levels below equal 300% of the DHHS poverty level.

Persons in Family or Household

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