Fee Assistance Program
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. Fee waivers are limited in number and
provided to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Fee
waiver requests can be made as soon as an application is created; however,
requests must be made and submitted before application submission. It is
recommended that applicants contact customer service prior to submitting fee
waiver request to determine if waivers are still available. Previous fee waiver
recipients may still apply for another waiver in next cycle.
The amount of fee assistance covers the initial application
fee of $50 and allows applicants to apply to one (1) ADEA DHCAS program. Applicants
receiving fee assistance are responsible for the incremental fee for each additional
program applied to ($35 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.
Assistance Program Instructions
To be eligible, an applicant’s income must be less than 300%
(3x) 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:
an ADEA DHCAS application.
on your name in the top right corner to access the “Fee Assistance Program”
link from the dropdown menu.
out the fields in online form with the applicant or parent’s Household Annual
Income for the most recent tax year and the current number of members in the
a scanned copy of the most recent Federal Income Tax Return for the applicant
or parent (Forms 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ) to the online 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, not the
Applicants should not e-submit their ADEA DHCAS applications
until they are notified whether or not they have been granted fee assistance. FAP
processing takes up to ten business days. Fee assistance will be denied for applications
submitted before a decision has been reached. All fee assistance decisions are
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, the fee assistance application will be
voided, the funds will be allocated to another qualifying applicant, and the
applicant cannot reapply for fee assistance.
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).