A one-time, $40 service fee is required for every recommendation file that is opened. 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.

Fee Waiver

HPA will waive this fee for students who qualify for the AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP) and provide relevant documentation. Before we are able to upload your completed letter packet to the application system(s) of your choosing, you must submit proof of FAP eligibility.

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 three 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/AACOMAS/TMDSAS/AADSAS) 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 three years.

How to make a payment

Payment by check, credit card, or money order in the amount of $40.00 can be mailed to the Health Professions Advising office, or dropped off during normal business hours (M-F, 9:00 am- 5:00pm). 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 ensure someone is available to collect your payment.