Cost of opening a Letters of Recommendation File:
A one-time, $35 service fee is required for every recommendation file that is opened. An invoice will be sent via email once your file has been opened, with payment in full expected within 30 days. (Please be aware that a letter packet cannot be released for submission to medical schools until payment of the service fee is made in full.)
What your payment covers:
Upon payment of the service fee, a student can apply to any number of medical schools during the current and/or future application cycles for up to five (5) years from the date the file is opened with no extra fees incurred. This includes any additional costs related to all standard submissions of letter packets during the period in which the student’s file remains active. A standard submission is one that requires a digital upload (via AMCAS/VirtualEvals) and/or first class postage.
Also included in the fee is the ongoing management of the letters of recommendation file, including any additions, deletions and/or updates the student wishes to make for up to 5 years.
Additional letter packet submission costs:
In the event that a student requests a special or expedited letter packet submission, all relevant costs related to additional postage/shipping costs will be billed directly to the student. These costs may include but are not limited to: courier service, overnight delivery, registered mail, any other special request subject to additional delivery costs.
How to Make a Payment:
Payment by check or money order in the amount of $35.00 can be mailed to the University Academic Advising Center (1940 Sheridan), or dropped off during normal business hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). Please make checks payable to Northwestern University.
Cash payments are accepted but please note that change cannot be provided.
If paying in person, please call first (847-467-4281) to guarantee that someone is on duty to collect your payment.