Cost of Living Stipend FAQ

Cost of Living Stipend for Economically-Disadvantaged Residents

Pilot Program

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Which training programs at CHA are eligible for this stipend?

CHA Adult Psychiatry Residency

CHA Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

CHA Internal Medicine Residency

Tufts Family Medicine Residency at CHA

Q: How can I know as an applicant whether I would receive the stipend if I match at CHA?

If you meet the simple eligibility criteria you can count on getting the stipend:

You must provide documentation of having been approved by AAMC for their Fee Assistance Program as an AMCAS applicant. If you cannot find the confirmation email that AAMC sent to you, you can obtain a copy by contacting them at:

You send us the registration form confirming that you continue to experience financially challenging circumstances. We ask this because the FAP eligibility was determined some years ago, and significant financial changes may have occurred.

We leave this for you to judge because circumstances may be complex. For example, your partner may earn a salary that is comparable to yours, or higher, but financial obligations beyond routine living expenses (e.g. large loan repayment, support of dependents, etc.) might more than offset this. Therefore, for purposes of this program, your continued economic disadvantage is self-determined and self-reported.

Q: What if I would have qualified for AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program but was not aware of it when I applied to medical school?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible for the stipend.

Q: How do I activate the stipend if I match to CHA?

If you meet the stated eligibility requirements, you should email your AAMC FAP confirmation and this form. Receipt will be acknowledged and information provided about when to expect the initial $10K.

Q: Will the first stipend be available in time to support moving expenses?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide the stipend until the first week of Orientation.

Q: I see this program is described as a “pilot”—might it be cancelled before I receive the three annual stipends?

The commitment to provide $30K via three, annual $10K payments, is not subject to cancellation for recipients recruited in the 2020 match who are continuing in our residencies. This stipend program is considered a pilot in that we want to learn from early experience and be flexible about changing it to make improvements. While it is possible that the program will be discontinued at some point that would happen by not offering this in future recruitment cycles— existing commitments will be honored.

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This page was updated 7/31/19.