ADEA DHCAS℠ Application Fees and Fee Assistance Program

Application Fees

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

 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). 

Fee Assistance Program Overview

The ADEA DHCAS Fee Assistance Program (FAP) was created to reduce the cost of applying to dental hygiene programs for students who demonstrate extreme financial need. FAP is an independent program offered by ADEA and is not affiliated with any government, college or university, scholarship, grant or fellowship program.

The amount of fee assistance covers the initial application fee of $95 and allows applicants to apply to only one ADEA DHCAS program. Applicants receiving fee assistance are responsible for the fee for additional programs ($45 per program). 

ADEA DHCAS eligibility for fee assistance is based on income, or parental income if the applicant is claimed as a dependent, as reported on the most recent Federal Income Tax Return. 

It is important to read all FAP policies and instructions carefully before completing a FAP application. Failing to follow instructions may result in a delay in processing requests, missed deadlines and disqualification for fee assistance. Applicants applying to FAP should not submit the ADEA DHCAS application while the FAP application is under review. 


Fee Assistance Program Instructions

To be eligible, an applicant’s income must be less than 300% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’s) poverty level guidelines (see “ADEA Financial Assistance Program” chart below), based on number of people in the household. Applicants must complete the following steps to be considered for ADEA DHCAS FAP:

  1. Create an ADEA DHCAS application.
  2. Click on “FEE WAIVER” at the top right corner underneath the applicant’s name and ADEA DHCAS ID.
  3. Fill out the fields in web form with the applicant’s Household Annual Income for 2013 and the current number of members in the applicant’s household.
  4. Attach a scanned copy of the 2013 Federal Income Tax Return (Forms 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ) to the web form. Remember, if the applicant is still claimed as dependent by a parent or guardian, ADEA DHCAS requires the parent’s or guardian’s Federal Income Tax Return instead.
  5. Submit the fee assistance application by June 30, 2015.


Await Notification

Applicants cannot e-submit their ADEA DHCAS applications until they are notified that they have been granted fee assistance. Fee assistance will be denied for applications submitted before a decision has been reached. ADEA DHCAS will notify applicants through the application and by email. All fee waivers decisions are final. 


FAP Approval

Applicants awarded fee assistance will have 30 calendar days from the date fee assistance is granted to submit their application. If the application is not submitted within that timeframe, fee assistance application will be voided, the funds will be allocated to another qualifying applicant and the applicant cannot reapply. 


Low-Income Levels

Use the ADEA poverty guidelines chart below to determine if an applicant and his or her family are eligible for the ADEA DHCAS FAP. The second column shows the U.S. Poverty Level Guidelines, which determine a family’s federal poverty level. The third column lists the ADEA DHCAS Poverty Guidelines, which are used to determine eligibility for the ADEA DHCAS Fee Assistance Program (the numbers in this column are three times greater than the numbers in the second column). 

ADEA Financial Assistance Program

Persons in family/householdPoverty GuidelineADEA's Guideline
1$11,670$35,010
215,730$47,190
319,790$59,370
423,850$71,550
527,910$83,730
631,970$95,910
736,030$108,090
840,090$120,027
For families/households with more than eight persons, add $4,060 for each additional person.