Cost to apply

There are a number of costs associated with applying to dental school that many students do not think about ahead of time. Make sure to set aside money to cover these expenses before you start the application process so you don’t find yourself in a bind later on.

ADEA AADSAS® Application Fees:  The ADEA AADSAS application fee for your first dental school is $264. Each additional school you apply to is $115. ADEA AADSAS does offer application fee assistance to those who demonstrate extreme financial need.

Dental School Supplemental Fees: Most dental schools require applicants to pay a supplemental fee. The fees vary by school, so check specific schools to determine their supplemental fees.

Interviews: Keep in mind that if you secure an interview with a dental school, you may have to travel and stay in a hotel near the school. It is important to put aside funding for these visits because money is the last thing you want to worry about on the day of your dental school interview. Consider the cost of travel (plane, train, car), hotel and food while you are interviewing. You may also have to purchase a suit for the interview if you do not already have one, so be sure to factor in that cost as well. 

Deposit: When you are accepted to a dental school and decide to attend, you will have to give the school a deposit to hold your spot in the first-year class. This deposit is often applied to your first-year tuition and is usually non-refundable, even if you decide last minute not to attend the school. These deposits tend to range from $500 to $2,000.