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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
2010, nationally only 42% of applicants matriculated into medical school.)
My fees are
based on my extensive experience and knowledge gained during my nearly
22 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, five clients (2%) 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 a TWO (2) hour minimum fee: $700,
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 usually an hour conference. All work thereafter is charged
on a time-spent (pro rata) basis at the rate of $350/hr.
my face-to-face local clients, this first hour conference
includes my review of your Personal Inventory and transcripts while
we are together (approximately 15 min. - longer if more material is
included). For my distant clients, I will spend this approximately
15 minutes reviewing your Personal Inventory and transcripts prior
to a 45 min. phone conference (shorter if more than Personal Inventory/transcript(s)
is to be reviewed).
my local clients, you may choose to meet in person, or I will call
you and we will have a telephone conference. The time we schedule is
for you exclusively, and therefore I require a 24 hr. cancellation notice.
(Missed appointments are charged in full.)
my distance clients where we converse by phone (Continental US and
Canada) (or occasional email), I work on a retainer basis. (Missed
appointments are charged in full.)
clients. Longer emails beween us usually constitute 5-10 min. of
consulting time and are billed as such. (Most
emails are short and therefore are free.)
$700 for the first TWO hours of of consulting (in person, telephone,
email). Payment due prior to our first conference for distance
clients, 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 at the time 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: January 8, 2012
Judy Colwell, 2003