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Costs of the Application Process

The average number of schools that a pre-health student applies to is currently between 12 and 15. Applying to the average 12 to 15 professional schools can easily run from $3000 to $6000. And all of this before you ever relocate and start classes!

Where the costs come from?

  • The primary application cost somewhere between $115-$238 for the first school and $32-$80 per school after that.
  • Secondary applications can range from $25-$200 per school.
  • If you plan on taking a review course for the Professional School Admissions Test (MCAT, PCAT, etc.), the cost average from $750-$2000.
  • Review books for the Professional School Admissions Tests (MCAT, PCAT, etc.) will cost at least $60-$200. Registering for the test ranges from $175-$360.
  • It is highly recommended that you gather your letters of evaluation in an online portfolio, such as Interfolio. This will be another cost of $20- $60.
  • When you are invited to interview, you will want to look your best. If you need a new suit, the prices can range from $50-$300.
  • Do not forget that when you start interviews that you will need to pay for the travel, food and lodging, easily totaling $500-$1500, depending on the location and length.
  • Once you have been accepted, schools will ask for a deposit to save your seat, some of these will be refundable but you will need to put in $100-$2000 quickly to save your spot.

So what can you do?

  • Start saving now
  • Be strategic in your application plans and thoroughly consider each school
  • Eliminate frivolous spending and pay off debts
  • Research your financial options

Pre-Health Advisors

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Contact for Current Students 

Undergraduate Academic
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Natural Science Building
288 Farm Lane, Room 108
East Lansing, MI 48824

Email: natsci.prehealth@msu.edu
Phone: (517) 355-4470

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Contact for Alumni and MSU Graduates

Please call (517) 355-4470 to schedule a Pre-Health Appointment

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Contact for Prospective Students

Gabby Wahla, M.A.
Undergraduate Recruitment Coordinator
Email: natsci.explore@msu.edu  
Phone: 517-355-4470