2016 Fee Assistance Program FAQs

This program is not affiliated with any government, college or university, scholarship, grant or fellowship programs. This is an independent program offered by ADEA.

Q. What is the Fee Assistance Program (FAP)?

A. FAP is a financial resource for dental school applicants who demonstrate an extreme need for financial assistance. It provides a waiver for the first dental school designation on the ADEA AADSAS application.

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Q. Am I eligible for the Fee Assistance Program?

A. An eligible applicant must: 

  • Be a U.S. citizen/permanent resident
  • Spouse, Parent and Guardian must be U.S citizens/permanent residents 
  • Complete and eSubmit the Fee Assistance Program Application prior to eSubmitting the ADEA AADSAS Application
  • Demonstrate extreme financial hardship, as established by ADEA AADSAS. (Applicants will need to provide supporting documents to FAP. Please read FAP instructions to find out what documents are required.

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Q. When do I  apply to FAP?

A. The Fee Assistance Program (FAP) begins at the launch of the ADEA AADSAS Application Cycle on Tuesday June 2, 2015, and ends on Friday, November 27, 2015, or until all funds are depleated.

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Q. How do I submit a FAP application?

A. Go to the ADEA AADSAS page and select Fee Assistance Program from the left grid.

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Q. What is the deadline to apply to FAP?

The deadline to apply to the Fee Assistance Program (FAP) is Friday, November 27, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Q. What are some examples of non-taxable income?

A. Some examples of non-taxable income are:

  • Aid to Families with Dependent Children
  • Cash support or money paid on your behalf
  • Estimated value of goods or services (such as free room and board provided by a relative or through financial aid)
  • Housing, food, and other living allowances, such as those provided to military or clergy (including cash payments and cash value of goods and services)
  • Medical expenses paid by third parties
  • Social Security benefits (untaxed portions)
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Veteran's benefits
  • Welfare benefits (federal, state or local)
  • Workers' compensation
  • Any other income or benefits not entered or included somewhere

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Q. How do I submit documentation if my parents only receive Social Security benefits and did not file taxes for the applicable tax year?

A. Social Security and Disability benefits should be recorded as Non-Taxable income on the parent/guardian information form. A letter, or other official documents from the institution showing  the parent/guardian benefits and the amount they're receiving.

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Q. How do I record unemployment benefits for my parents and/or me on my application?

A. Unemployment benefits are taxable and should be recorded on the Federal Tax Form as Adjusted Gross Income. Therefore, all unemployment benefits should be included as "income."

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Q. How many times am I eligible to receive fee assistance?

A. ADEA AADSAS allows applicants three FAP requests. You may apply for fee assistance only once per application cycle.

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Q. When should I complete the FAP section and submit my FAP packet?

A. An applicant must complete eSubmit their ADEA AADSAS application. ADEA AADSAS recommends that you apply to FAP at least 2 weeks before your earliest dental school designations deadline. This includes completing the FAP section, eSubmitting, and sending all required documents (FAP Packet) to ADEA AADSAS for review. This allows adequate time for you to complete the FAP process and receive a decision from ADEA AADSAS concerning your request.

Note: Your FAP packet must contain all required documents for your application to be considered. You have 10 days to submit all required documents after eSubmitting the FAP application. FAP Packets that are missing required documentation will automatically be denied. Be sure to contact ADEA AADSAS at FAPAADSAS@adea.org if you are not clear on what needs to be sent. Once you have eSubmitted your FAP request and submitted your FAP packet, ADEA AADSAS will begin reviewing your request to determine if you are eligible for fee assistance.

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Q. What if I am unable to provide the "Required Documentation"?

A. All required documentation (see Required Documentation instructions) must be sent together in your FAP packet--no exceptions. Failure to provide all required documentation will automatically make an applicant ineligible for the Fee Assistance Program. Required documentation support the information you have reported on your FAP application.

If you are unable to provide a specific item, you must include a letter with your application explaining why you are unable to provide the item(s). It is strongly recommended that you consistently check the status of your FAP application by logging into your ADEA AADSAS clicking "Status" and select FAP. You will be responsible for meeting all deadline dates.

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Q. What if I am unable to provide "Additional Supporting Documentation"?

A. If you are unable to provide additional supporting documentation to further substantiate your need for financial assistance, it may result in a denial. Inability to provide documentation prevents ADEA AADSAS from approving your application.

It is strongly recommended that you consistently check the status of your FAP request by logging into your ADEA AADSAS application for important information. You will be responsible for meeting all deadline dates. Deadline dates will not be extended.

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Q. Once I have eSubmitted my request for Fee Assistance, what happens next?

A. Applicants that are approved will have the first three dental school designations fee ($491) waived. After approval, applicants should choose three dental school designations, complete, and eSubmit their ADEA AADSAS application. Applicants that wish to apply to additional dental school designations ($93/designation) may do so once they have completed the FAP process.

Applicants that are denied will receive an email from FAPAADSAS@adea.org denying their request for Fee Assistance. At which time, applicants may log-in to their ADEA AADSAS application to complete the ADEA AADSAS process.

Note: Applicants that are denied may select more than one dental school designation. They have the option to select credit card or check/money order to pay for their ADEA AADSAS application fees.

FAP decisions are final. However, if you have any questions regarding your FAP application, contact FAPAADSAS@adea.org.

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Q. How long does it take to find out if you have been approved for a fee waiver?

A. A decision is made within 2 weeks of eSubmitting the FAP application and receipt of all required documents.

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Q. How much should I expect to receive in fee assistance?

A. Applicants qualifying for ADEA AADSAS Fee Assistance receive a fee waiver for the first three dental school designations ($491). After receiving the fee waiver, applicants may apply to additional dental schools ($93/designation).ADEA fee assistance covers the cost of the first dental school designation only.  There is no fee assistance for additional dental school designations.

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Q. If I have any additional questions during the process, whom do I contact?

A. For questions regarding FAP contact FAPAADSAS@adea.org, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

It is important to submit all required documents in the same packet at the same time. Applicants that are missing required and supporting documentation in their FAP Packet will automatically be denied for FAP. Be sure to read all instructions carefully.

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