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Fees and Payment

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Payment


Looking for information on EPIC fees and payment? See the EPIC Fees page.

Full payment is due at the time you submit an application or request a service. If your application/request is rejected, any payment received with that application/request will be credited to your ECFMG financial account.

Funds in an applicant’s ECFMG financial account will be available for a period of two years to pay for applications/requests. Any funds not used during a two-year period will be forfeited to ECFMG; this means that the applicant will lose those funds. See Forfeiture of Funds.

If you owe money to ECFMG at the time that your application/request is processed, ECFMG will apply the payment included with your application/request to the amount that you owe. Any money that is left after this will be used to pay for the application/request. If there is not enough money remaining to pay for the application/request, your application/request will be rejected.

If you submit a paper request and do not include payment, or if the payment you include is not sufficient to cover all fees, we will use the money in your ECFMG financial account to pay for the request. If the money in your account is not sufficient to cover all fees, your request will be rejected.

You can check the status of your ECFMG financial account and make on-line payments using OASIS. ECFMG’s on-line payment is secured using industry-standard encryption technology.

All fees are in U.S. dollars. Fees are subject to change without notice.

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Methods of Payment


Looking for information on EPIC fees and payment? See the EPIC Fees page.

If you submit an application or request a service on-line, you can pay on-line at the time of application/request by:

  • Credit card – To use this option, you must have a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card with a security code.
  • Electronic check – To use this option, you must have a checking account at a U.S. bank and either a U.S. Social Security Number or U.S. driver’s license. Checks returned for insufficient funds will be subject to a $10 processing fee and Telecheck Returned Check Fees.

You can also pay in advance using one of the payment methods described above by accessing OASIS on the ECFMG website.

You can also send payment in advance to ECFMG using Payment for Service(s) Requested (Form 900), available in the Resources section of this website. If you submit payment using Form 900, you can pay by:

  • Credit card – Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.
  • Check, bank draft, or money order made payable to the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (or ECFMG). All payments must be made in U.S. funds through a U.S. bank. You must write your full name and USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number, if one has been assigned to you, on your payment.

Do not submit Form 900 to ECFMG by e-mail. The form must be submitted by mail/courier or fax (see form for details). If you pay in advance, you should verify that the payment has been received and credited to your ECFMG financial account before you begin the application or request process. You can verify the status of your ECFMG financial account on-line using OASIS.

Important Note: If you need to make multiple credit card transactions to pay for an application/request, you must make these payments to your ECFMG financial account in advance using OASIS or by submitting multiple copies of Form 900.

Do not send payments in cash.

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Refunds


Looking for information on EPIC fees and payment? See the EPIC Fees page.

If you have money in your ECFMG financial account, you may request a refund. Refund requests must be made in writing and should be sent via e-mail to finance@ecfmg.org. If the money in your account was a payment for an exam application that was rejected (because you were not eligible or the application was incomplete or otherwise deficient), your refund will be subject to a $100 processing fee. Approved refunds typically will be issued using the same method as the original payment. For example, if an applicant submits a payment using a credit card, then the refund will be made to the same card.

Important Note: You should consider carefully the timing of your exam application, eligibility period, and test date. Once registered, you cannot cancel or postpone your registration. If you do not schedule and take the exam, you will not receive a refund or credit of your exam fee(s), and you will be required to reapply, including payment of all applicable fees, if you wish to take the exam.

Although you cannot cancel or postpone your registration, there are options that provide registered applicants with flexibility. All registered applicants may change their scheduled test date and/or center, subject to availability. Applicants registered for Step 1/Step 2 CK may request extension of their eligibility periods. Applicants registered for Step 1/Step 2 CK also may request to change their testing region. See information on rescheduling in the applicable edition of the ECFMG Information Booklet. ECFMG will consider requests for exceptions on a case-by-case basis and only after the applicant’s eligibility period has expired.

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Forfeiture of Funds


Looking for information on EPIC fees and payment? See the EPIC Fees page.

Funds in an applicant’s ECFMG financial account will be available for a period of two years to pay for applications submitted or services requested. Any funds not used during a two-year period will be forfeited to ECFMG; this means that the applicant will lose those funds. The two-year period is calculated from the date of last transactional activity in the account.

It is your responsibility to monitor the status of your ECFMG financial account. You can check the status of your account, including dates on which payments were made to your account, using OASIS. A refund request should be made to claim any funds that will not be used prior to the expiration of the two-year period. See Refunds.

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