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Fees - A Drop In The Bucket
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- A DROP IN THE BUCKET
cost of completing the medical school application process ranges from
$3,500-$5,500 (and more!).
Secondary application fees
Interview travel (possibly across the U.S. multiple times)
Deposits to hold a place in the class
fees to help you present your credentials and accomplishments as strongly
as possible to Admissions Committees are just a drop in that financial-cost
To put this
into perspective, clients work with me for an average of less than 5 hrs.,
slightly up from 4 hrs. as more applicants are applying, increasing the
competitiveness for available places in the entering class. (In entering
2013, nationally only 43% of MD applicants matriculated into medical school.)
My fees are
based on my extensive experience and knowledge gained during my 24 years
in the admissions process, in addition to my ongoing experience in the
pre-med process, and the importance of competent advice as you work through
the often confusing maze of applying to medical school.
don't you have a "package fee" as many other educational consultants have?"
my experience, my clients don't need to spend $3,000+ for a consulting
"package." In the past three years, only seven clients have spent
more than $1,800. We are efficient together and get our work accomplished
for far less expense than using a "package." You shouldn't
have to pay for time you don't need just to make my bookkeeping easier.
other nitty-gritty information:
brief telephone discussion to assess our ability to work together:
Complimentary. (Not a working session.)
chat is merely a short "hi how are you, this is how I work with
clients" conversation. If you feel comfortable working with me,
then we schedule a working appointment.
- I have
an hourly fee of $350, paid in advance if you are a distant client,
or at the time of our first conference if you are a local client.
Our first conference is a one-hour conference. All work thereafter
is charged on a time-spent (pro rata) basis at the rate of $350/hr.,
billed at the end of the month.
clients: I spend approximately 15 minutes reviewing your Personal
Inventory and transcripts prior to a 45 min. phone conference (shorter
phone conference if more material than Personal Inventory/transcript(s)
is to be reviewed).
clients: The first hour conference includes my review of your Personal
Inventory and transcripts while we are together. Local clients may choose
to meet in person, or by telephone conference.
- The time we schedule is for you exclusively, and therefore I require
a 24 hr. cancellation notice.
- Longer emails between us usually constitute 5-10 min. of consulting
time and are billed as such. (Most emails are short and therefore are
- Missed appointments are charged in full.
$350 for the first hour of of consulting (in person or by telephone).
Payment due prior to our first conference for distance clients, or
at our meeting for local clients. Additional work is billed on a pro-rata
basis (time spent = time charged) of $350/hr., due and
payable by the 30th of
Instead of FedEx, Express mail, or snail mail
may pay through PayPal. Click on the button here. (If you have quesions
about how this works, we can discuss it during our initial brief "get
acquainted" phone conversation.)
Once you have
authorized payment, please email your Client Information Sheet and Personal
Inventory (see following section) to me and we will arrange our first conversation.
FIRST ONE-HOUR CONFERENCE
- You will
have the opportunity to tell me about your interest in medicine, how
it began, how it is part of your life now, and how you envision your
future career -- your hopes and dreams. Naturally we will first address
your important issues that need immediate attention such as an evaluation/assessment
of your current candidacy for medical school.
It is important that I have copies of your:
2) Transcript(s). (As long as these are correct, they need
not be "official.")
3) AMCAS application (if applicable).
4) MCAT scores (if available).
also complete and make sure I have:
The Client Information Sheet/Release
(give me the original, keep a copy for your records)
This form is found HERE.
IS IMPORTANT THAT I HAVE THIS MATERIAL 24 HRS. PRIOR TO OUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
if you are a "distance" client.
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Judith J. Colwell,
Medical School Admissions Consultant
Last updated: August 11, 2014
Judy Colwell, 2014