Prospective Student FAQs

What is the cost of attendance at the College of Medicine - Phoenix?

See our cost of attendance information.

Where can I find detailed information on admitted students?

Detailed information on all of our currently enrolled admitted classes can be found in our class profiles.

Can I apply while completing my required courses?

Yes. You will have to show satisfactory completion of the courses by the end of the spring semester before starting medical school in July.

Can I submit my primary application before taking the MCAT?

Yes, however your file will be placed on hold until the MCAT score is recieved, which is automatically reported to those schools that you sent a primary application.

How are multiple MCAT exams viewed?

Multiple MCAT scores will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee for demonstrated growth and competency in the test areas. Subsequent scores that are higher than the original score are viewed positively; however, declining scores are concerning. We do not average multiple exam scores. Exams taken through 2012 will be considered.

Do you accept transfer credits from a previously earned medical-related or professional-level degree?

No. Regardless of previous training, you will be required to complete the entire curriculum for the College of Medicine - Phoenix MD degree.

Are community college courses accepted to fulfill course prequisites?

Yes. However, this is most common for students who have previously earned a bachelor's degree and have just a few gaps to fill.

What if I earned a degree outside the United States or Canada?

You will be required to complete the required courses for admission at an accredited educational institution in the United States or Canada and additional courses to total 60 credits/90 quarter hours, including 30 credits/45 quarter hours of upper division coursework.

What is Interview Day like?

See our Interview Day information.

Can accommodations be made for me if I am unable to travel to campus for an interview?

No, the nature of our day requires you to be present during a scheduled Applicant Visit Day.

What is the Timeline for Medical School Applications and Admissions?

See source – AAMC (PDF)

How many out-of-state students does the college accept?

It is required that 50 percent of our accepted students are Arizona Residents, and that is about how it works out! Prior to matriculation, we have roughly 50 percent accepted students with Arizona residency and 50 percent with out-of-state residency status.

If I don’t get accepted, can you tell me why?

Unfortunately, the Admissions Committee keeps all notes confidential so we are unable to provide feedback.

How do you evaluate a re-applicant?

We have a holistic approach and take everything into consideration. If you have previously applied to our institution, we want to see that you have improved and that you have a significant interest in our college.

Do you accept international or DACA students?

Currently, we are seeking applicants with U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.

Can I provide updates to my application after submitting?

We are unable to accept updates or changes to your application after submission.

What is a holistic review?

The holistic review process means that your entire application is reviewed and taken into consideration. We are looking at your metrics, your attributes and your experiences.

For deadlines, does this mean the materials need to be post marked by the deadline or received by the deadline?

This means we need to have received the materials by the deadline.

Do you require a deposit to hold an accepted seat?

No, we do not require any deposit.

If invited to complete a Secondary Application, how long do I have to complete the process?

30 days.

How long until I hear whether I will be invited to an interview once I complete my secondary application?

We cannot give you a firm time commitment here. Historically, we are reviewing an application within a few weeks of being completed. You are then either: Invited to InterviewDenied, or held for Further Consideration.

Invited to Interview and Denied should hear from us within a month. However, a held application for Further Consideration can take up to a few months to learn whether they are invited to interview or, unfortunately, denied. In the end, not hearing from us is not bad news. You mostly have to be patient as we review your application alongside other applicants.

How long does it take for my MCAT score to be shared once it has been taken?

Once you have taken your MCAT, it will take approximately four (4) weeks for your score to be received by our office.  

How early should I take my MCAT if I am planning to apply for the upcoming application cycle?

The primary AMCAS application typically opens up around June 1 of each year. If you take that into account and include the four (4) weeks it takes for your MCAT score to be shared, that should allow you to plan accordingly to take your MCAT.

Do you accept online coursework and coursework from a community college?

Yes, we accept coursework from both online and community colleges as long as the college is accredited.

Financial Aid FAQs

Who is eligible for financial aid?

To be eligible for financial aid, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or hold an Alien Registration Card (permanent resident card).
  • Be in good academic standing once in school, and making satisfactory progress toward a degree.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Have not previously defaulted on a federal student loan or owe a refund on a federal grant.
  • Use federal student aid only for educational purposes.
  • Be registered with the Selective Service (if required).
  • Be enrolled at least half-time as a student working toward a degree.
What are the steps to obtain financial aid?

To be considered for financial aid each student must complete a FAFSA, which is available online at fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA can be completed beginning October the year before you plan to attend the University of Arizona. The College of Medicine – Phoenix priority filing date for grant consideration is March 1. The school code for the UA is 001083.

Are there scholarships available?
What educational loan programs are available?
What is financial literacy?
Are there any financial tips for preparing for medical school?

See our Financial Tips

Who should I contact about Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits?

Benefits are coordinated through the Veterans' Services Office. Students should contact the office directly at 520-621-9501.

Do I have to file a FAFSA?

To receive federal loan funding and be considered for UA scholarship assistance, a student must file a FAFSA. If a student intends to pay for all educational expenses from personal or family resources only, a FAFSA is not required.

Do I have to file a FAFSA each year I am enrolled?

Yes, students must re-file for each year in which they expect to apply for federal loans or UA scholarships.

Do I need to include my parent's information on my FAFSA?

No, parental information is not required by the UA College of Medicine - Phoenix.

What if I expect to receive aid from other resources outside of the university?

Please notify the Financial Aid Office at COMPHX-financialaid@email.arizona.edu. The Financial Aid Office will review your outside aid and determine if any adjustments need to be made to your existing awards.

What if I have applied for a private education loan?

You must complete the Private Education Loan Applicant Self-Certification form (PDF) and return it to the College of Medicine – Phoenix Financial Aid Office for processing.

What is the maximum loan amount I can borrow for the academic year?

The total amount of financial aid cannot exceed your cost of attendance for each academic year.

What is your Satisfactory Academic Progress policy?