Application Fees and Fee Payments

APPLICATION FEES

The cost for a SOPHAS application is $135 for the first school or program you apply to. Any additional schools or programs you choose to apply to will cost $50 per designation, even if you submit those schools or programs later in the application cycle.

SUBMITTING A FEE PAYMENT

You will be taken through the payment process when you e-submit your application. DO NOT SUBMIT ANY PAYMENTS PRIOR TO E-SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION. SOPHAS accepts credit card payments only. Payment information must be entered into the portal by the applicant. Credit card payments can NOT be made over the phone.

NEW: All SOPHAS payments must now be made via credit card ONLY. Money orders and cashier’s checks are no longer acceptable forms of payment.

SOPHAS Accepts the Following Payment Methods:
  • VISA
  • MasterCard
  • American Express (AMEX)
  • Discover
SOPHAS does NOT Accept the Following Payment Methods
  • Money orders
  • Cashier’s checks
  • Personal checks
  • Cash
  • Credit card payments made over the phone

SOPHAS REFUND POLICY

Once payment is posted to your application, your designated schools and programs have full online access to your application information. Because of this, NO REFUNDS will be given. As stated in SOPHAS’ policies, which all applicants must agree to upon submitting their application, it is the applicant’s responsibility to complete their application correctly, to monitor the status of their application, to ensure all required documents are received and posted to their application, to respond to all notifications in a timely manner, and to adhere to the deadline requirements posted by their public health schools and programs.

CREDIT CARD PAYMENT DISPUTES

Applicants who issue credit card charge backs not authorized by SOPHAS will receive a Bad Payment notification and the application will be removed from consideration from all schools and programs. Applicants will be given 10 business days to send in a money order payment for their full application fee + a $25 bank processing charge to reinstate their application. If SOPHAS does not receive payment within the allotted time frame, the application will remain blocked and all schools and programs to which you applied will be notified of non-payment. Should the application cycle end with an  application in a bad payment status, the applicant will be barred from creating future SOPHAS accounts until all fees owed to SOPHAS from previous cycles are paid in full.

ANY APPLICANT USING THE CREDIT CARD OF A PARENT OR GUARDIAN TO PAY APPLICATION FEES IS STRONGLY ADVISED TO COMMUNICATE WITH  THE CARD’S OWNER AND ENSURE THEY ARE FULLY AWARE OF ALL CHARGES. ONCE A CARDHOLDER DISPUTES A CHARGE, YOUR APPLICATION WILL ENCOUNTER DELAYS, HOLDS, AND ADDITIONAL FEES EVEN IF THE CARDHOLDER REVERSES THE REQUEST. 

COMMON QUESTIONS:

Q: What does the SOPHAS fee cover?

A: The SOPHAS fee covers the processing and mailing of your SOPHAS application to your schools and programs. Please note that some schools and programs charge additional or supplemental fees. To determine what these may be, please contact the schools and programs to which you are applying.

Q: Can SOPHAS process my application with a partial payment?

A: NO. Your application cannot be processed unless your initial application fee is paid in full. Applicants who submit multiple times to different schools and programs but fail to pay the initial application fee are not considered complete and cannot be processed by SOPHAS.

Q: If I want to apply to some schools and programs now and add more schools and programs later in the cycle, will I start over at the base fee?

A: NO. If you wish to add more schools or programs at a later date, they will continue to be $50 per school.



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