Application Fees

Q: What is the charge for the OTCAS application?

A: The OTCAS fee is $140 to apply to one program and $60 for each additional program. Your designated OT program may also require you to send a supplemental fee directly to the institution.

Q: When do I pay for my application?

A: You submit payment via credit card when you submit to a program. The total amount owed depends on your total number of designated OT programs that you are submitting to at one time.

Q: What forms of payment does OTCAS accept?

A: OTCAS accepts credit card payments ONLY. OTCAS does not accept personal checks, or cash to pay for your application.

Q: Which credit cards do you accept?

A: OTCAS will accept the following credit cards:

  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Q: Does OTCAS accept any money order or credit card payments by phone?

A: No. OTCAS cannot take any payments by phone. OTCAS will only accept credit card payments submitted online.

Q: What happens if I dispute my credit card payment?

A: OTCAS will assess a service charge of $25.00 for credit card charge backs not authorized by OTCAS. You will be instructed to pay the application fee and service charge by money order within 10-business days. If you do not comply, OTCAS will stop the processing of your application and notify your designated OT programs. You will not be allowed to apply to OT programs through OTCAS in future cycles until all fees owed to OTCAS from previous cycles are paid in full.

Q: How do I withdraw my application?

A: Your application is not made available to any OT programs until after you e-Submit your application, so you should be confident in the accuracy of the information contained in your application and your initial selection of designated programs before you e-Submit and provide payment. If you decide against applying to a particular OT program before you e-Submit your application, simply do not e-Submit until you make the change on your application.

If you have already e-Submitted your application but wish to withdraw your application from ALL of your designated programs, you must contact OTCAS in writing with explicit instructions to place your application On Hold and to notify ALL of your designated OTCAS programs that you have withdrawn your application from consideration. Your request must include your OTCAS ID number, must be legible, and must be signed and dated.

If you applied to more than one program and wish withdraw from only one or some of your designated programs, you must notify the institution(s) directly. OTCAS does not grant fee refunds under any circumstances, even if you withdraw your application.

Q: Can I obtain a refund for the OTCAS application if I withdraw my application or if my application is never completed due to missing application materials?

A: No. Once you have e-Submitted your application, you cannot receive an application fee refund under any circumstance. You are expected to have given careful consideration to your selection of programs before you e-Submit your application. Keep in mind that you are able to add additional designations after you e-Submit, so if you are unsure as to whether you wish to apply to a particular program, e-Submit your application only for those programs you are certain about and wait to add any other programs until you are confident that you want to apply. Please be advised, it is your responsibility to monitor the receipt status of your required application materials by OTCAS. OTCAS will NOT notify applicants of missing application materials

Q: Can I obtain a refund if I miss a deadline?

A: No. Once you e-submit your application to OTCAS, refunds will not be issued. You must comply with program deadlines and policies, as provided on the OTCAS program pages. It is your responsibility to be sure your application has been e-Submitted to OTCAS before 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the deadline date of your selected OT program(s). Your designated OT programs will consider you to have met their deadlines as long as you have e-Submitted your application and all required documentation by these dates, even if your application has not been verified. If your transcripts or other materials (e.g., references) arrive after the program’s deadline, OTCAS will process your file normally; however, your designated OT programs may not consider your file as complete by their deadline. It is your responsibility to regularly monitor the status section of your application to ensure that all documents are received by the program’s deadline and to receive any messages that OTCAS might send you regarding the processing of your application.