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Admission Requirements

Applicants must be high school graduates or hold a state approved equivalent diploma.

In addition, an applicant must comply with any specific legal or educational requirement prescribed by his/her intended state of practice.

The amount of time required to complete the degree requirements at AAMI depends upon the number of transfer credits completed by the student. Applicants with a minimum of 60 credits or higher, an Associate’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution will be granted advanced standing and will have satisfied their first semester general education core. All transfer students eligible for this waiver must still meet the Professional Ethics and History of Funeral Service core requirements.

(See Transfer Credit Policy for full explanation.) Typically, full-time on-campus students complete the program in 3 semesters (12 months) with advanced standing and 4 semesters (16 months) without transfer credits.

Application Requirements

To apply for admission to American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, the application must be completed in full. The applicant should check with the state in which he/she wishes to be licensed to ensure that he/she meets all state requirements. The applicant should use the checklist below to ensure that all required AAMI items are included with the admissions application.

  1. _____  Your official high school transcript or, in lieu thereof, evidence of high school equivalency acceptable to the state licensing agency (submitted from the high school or other appropriate agency directly to the AAMI Admissions office) or other evidence of academic achievement such as a post-secondary transcript with at least nine credits, exclusive of developmental courses, and a 2.00 grade point average from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. If the documents are in another language, they must be translated into English and notarized.
  2. _____ An official transcript from each college where you have completed ANY college work (submitted from the college(s) directly to the AAMI Admissions office).
  3. _____ A copy of your birth certificate. If your name has changed, a copy of the appropriate document verifying any change, such as a marriage license.
  4. _____ A copy of your DD214 if you served in the military.
  5. _____ New York State Immunization law has different requirements.
    a. CAMPUS and HYBRID STUDENTS: A dated proof of your immunization against mumps, rubella and two (2) measles vaccinations a Titre (Titer) test showing immunization must be submitted prior to the beginning of class. (NOTE: If you cannot afford immunizations from an attending physician, you may request them from your local public health department. If you do not comply with these immunization requirements and are not exempt for any of the subsequently stated reasons, AAMI shall deny attendance after 30 days, from last date of attendance,  for New York State residents and 45 days for out-of-state residents.  Persons born prior to January 1, 1957 are exempt from the above stated immunization requirements.  Persons may also be exempt if a physician certifies in writing that the immunizations may be detrimental to their health.  Additionally, persons who hold genuine and sincere religious  beliefs which are contrary to immunization may also be exempt after submitting a written statement to that effect.
    b. ONLINE STUDENTS:  Immunization for two measles, mumps and rubella is NOT required for those students who take the ENTIRE program ONLINE, including an exemption from the immunization requirement for the two -weeks an online student is in New York for the Capstone.  However, AAMI recommends all students be immunized for them.  (NOTE: any student, including online students, may be excluded from campus as determined by the Commissioner of Health, if they are not able to present the required certificate of immunization during any outbreaks of the diseases enumerated in PHL 2165).
  6. _____ Sign and return the Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination Response form.
  7. _____ Sign and return the Campus Security Disclosure form with your application.
  8. _____ Sign and return the Clinical Embalming Disclosure and Acceptance form with your application.
  9. _____ A $50 non-refundable application fee must accompany this application.
  10. _____ English Language Requirement.  All applicants to AAMI whose first language is not English must submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). It can take up to three months to register, take an exam and receive official results.  You are advised to register and take the test as soon as possible. Applicants must register for the TOEFL through Educational Testing Services (ETS). To get a schedule or to register for a test, please visit Applicants who have attended a school where the primary language of instruction is English can have this requirement waived.
  11. _____ Two forms of Acceptable Identification (ID) for residency  Click here for Acceptable Proofs of ID

Admission of International Students

In addition to the admissions requirements, international students must comply with the following.

International students are persons in the United States who have a non-immigrant visa including an F-1 visa. Specific requirements must be met before being admitted to AAMI. No admission decision will be made until the AAMI admissions office receives all required documents.

Note: At this time, we are not able to admit international students in our online program, however, they may apply for our campus program in accordance with Federal Regulations.

Financial Aid

The American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service is dedicated to assisting our students apply for financial aid. Our goal is to provide information, guidance and service to help those who qualify for financial aid.

In order to be eligible for consideration for financial aid you must 1) be enrolled or accepted as a matriculated student, 2) be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen, 3) demonstrate financial need, 4) make satisfactory progress in your course of study, 5) not be in default on any prior student loans and 5) have satisfied all requirements for Selective Service.

At AAMI we believe that applying for financial aid should be quick and easy. Here are some things you will need to know in order to expedite this process. Make sure you have all your documents readily available. You will need to provide information on your income tax returns (if you are married you must provide your spouse’s information). If you are a dependent student you will need to provide information on your parent(s) income tax return. You will also need to have social security number(s) and date(s) of birth. Your financial aid may be verified and the financial aid office may ask for documents pertaining to income, social security, etc. It is also important to apply as early as possible as it takes time to process all of your applications.

After obtaining your documents there are 4 easy steps in applying for financial aid online.

  1. Apply for an FSA ID online at ex.htm .  Your FSA ID is used as an electronic signature on your financial aid application.  Please note that the FSA ID has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN.  If you have a Federal Student Aid PIN, you will be able to link it to your FSA ID.  You can still create an FSA ID if you have forgotten or do not have a PIN.  Note:  Parents must apply for an FSA ID if their information was provided.  If you are unable to apply for an FSA ID online you may complete a paper application.
  2. File for a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at . You must input our school code (010813) so that your SAR (Student Aid Report) will be forwarded to us. Upon receipt of your SAR, please contact the Office of Financial Aid for advisement and processing. If you are unable to apply online you may request a FAFSA application from us directly.
  3. File for TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) at the completion of the FAFSA application or go to . Note: This grant is available to NYS residents who are enrolled full-time only. Click on the e-TAP link which will pre-populate your application using the information you provided on the FAFSA. Make sure the TAP school code (7952) is on the application for the semesters that you will attend.  If you are applying for student loans,  please complete the following (STEP 4).
  4. You must complete an Entrance Counseling session to inform you of your rights and responsibilities for borrowing a student loan.  This may be done at  You will need to sign in using your FSA ID Username and Password.  The FSA ID is the same FSA ID you used to sign your FAFSA.    Once you are signed in you will click on Complete Counseling, select Entrance Counseling as the type of counseling to complete, and then follow the instructions.The next step would be to complete a Master Promissory Note. This can be done on the same website as the Entrance Counseling. Click on complete Master Promissory Note or MPN. You will select the Subsidized/Unsubsidized option. Then you will need to follow the instructions and fill in the information it asks for.Once you complete the Entrance Counseling and MPN you can contact the Financial Aid Office at AAMI to verify that it was completed.

Financial aid consists of grants, student loans and scholarships. Grants are awards that do not need to be repaid. Pell (FAFSA) and TAP are grants from the federal and state governments respectively. Student loans are awards that must be repaid with interest. Scholarships are awards that are from privately funded organizations.

If you have any questions you may contact the financial aid office at (212) 757-1190 or email us at

American Academy McAlister Institute of Funeral Service, Inc. (AAMI) students who receive federal student aid are subject to both the refund policy in the 2015-2016 AAMI Catalog (see “Refunds”) and a separate federal Title IV funds refund policy.

AAMI is required by federal statute to re-calculate federal financial aid eligibility for students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed, or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60% of a payment period or term. The federal Title IV financial aid programs must be recalculated in these situations.

Funds are returned to the appropriate federal program based on the percentage of unearned aid using the following formula:
Aid to be returned = (100% of the aid that could be disbursed minus the percentage of earned aid) multiplied by the total amount of aid that could have been disbursed during the payment period or term.
If a student earned less aid than was disbursed, the Institute would be required to return a portion of the funds and the student would be required to return a portion of the funds.

Keep in mind that when Title IV funds are returned, the student borrower may owe a debit balance to the institution.

If a student earned more aid than was disbursed to him/her, the institution would owe the student a post-withdrawal disbursement which must be paid within 120 days of the student’s withdrawal.

The College must return the amount of Title IV funds for which it is responsible no later than 30 days after the date of the student’s withdrawal.

Refunds are allocated in the following order:
1. Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans
2. Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans
3. Federal Perkins Loans
4. Federal Parent (PLUS) Loans
5. Federal Pell, ACG and SMART Grants for which a return of funds is required
6. Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants for which a Return of funds is required
7. Other assistance under this Title for which a Return of funds is required.

Students who owe a repayment of Title IV aid must repay those funds before becoming eligible again for federal aid. Both the general AAMI refund policy and the separate federal Title IV refund policy are administered by the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, Inc..”

The preliminary budget shown approximates your cost of education for the academic year and includes an amount for tuition and fees, including school based fees (depending on your course load); an allowance for room and board (which varies according to where you live); a standard amount for books, supplies, and personal expenses; and a transportation allowance. Typical budgets are presented here to help you understand how your cost of education was determined.

(Students living away from home)
(Students living at home)
TUITION AND FEES  $15,697  $15,697
TRANSPORTATION $1,020 $1,020
ROOM & BOARD $10,800 $3,000
MISC. EXPENSES  $2,550  $1,690

1)             Tuition and Fees are based on a yearly average and is the same for both campus and online students
2)             Book costs vary depending  edition and year
3)             Room & Board costs depend on several factors such as location, living at home, etc.
4)             Miscellaneous educational expenses may be items such as a computer, proctoring fees, national board exams, Department of Health Fees

Unofficial Withdrawal Policy
If you stop attending classes and do not request an official withdrawal, it is likely you will incur significant financial aid penalties, including full or partial cancellation of the financial aid you received for the semester.   If you do not officially withdraw from all courses but stop attending courses before completing more than 60 percent of the term, you will be considered unofficially withdrawn and financial aid will be recalculated under the Return of Title IV Aid regulation.

If the school does not receive written notification of official withdrawal, you will then be dismissed due to non-attendance. You will receive a notation of F* in all course work.

Net Cost Calculator

Try our Net Cost Calculator to estimate your cost of attendance at AAMI. The estimate is intended solely for planning purposes and it is considered unofficial. A more specific cost estimate will be prepared once you have been accepted and completed the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

 Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to see Financial Aid FAQ’s.

Transfer Credit Policy

1. Transfer Policy
  a. The applicant must submit a completed admissions application form and the required application fee.
b. The applicant must submit an official high school transcript or evidence of high school equivalency.
c. The applicant must submit an official transcript from each accredited college or university previously attended as well as course descriptions for each course for which transfer credit is requested.
d. The applicant must submit an official transcript for the evaluation of  transfer credit for military course work, training and experience assessed and issued credit by the American Council on Education (ACE) [except for the U. S. Air Force] and National College Credit Recommendation Service (CCRS) [used for the U.S. Air Force].
e. The applicant must complete through AAMI the final 35 credits required for the AAMI associate degree.
f. Only those credits taken at AAMI are used in computing the student grade point average.
g. If the applicant has completed 60 college credits, an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree, the entire General Education core (9 credits) will be waived.

2. General Education Transfer Credit

Transfer credit will be awarded for General Education courses taken at an accredited institution in which a student has earned a grade of C or better. Transfer credit in general education will only be applied to the following courses:

Communication Skills GEN 101 2 credits
Death and Human Development SOC 102 2 credits
Introduction to Science GEN 102 2 credits
Principles of Mathematics BUS 101 3 credits

3. Credit by Examination

AAMI participates in the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the College Board. Students in AAMI’s associate degree program may earn credits through CLEP. In accordance with AAMI’s Transfer Credit Policy, credit will be awarded through CLEP exams for those courses in AAMI’s General Education requirement.

Students may take CLEP exams at CLEP Test Centers on college campuses, Test Centers on military bases.

To locate CLEP Test Center and Register for CLEP Exams, go to:

CLEP for Military Personnel:
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP®) exams are available to eligible military personnel as a way to save time and money while earning college credit. 

Who is Eligible For Military-Funded CLEP Exams?
CLEP exams are free to the following military personnel and eligible civilian employees:

Military veterans can seek reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for CLEP exams and fees. For more information, visit CLEP for veterans on the web:

Military personnel (Active Duty and Reserve) – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army and Air national Guard; visit:

Eligible civilian employees and spouses of participating Reserve Component and Coast Guard personnel.

Department of Defense Acquisition Personnel (only eligible for the following computer-based exams: Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Marketing)

4. Funeral Service Major
Transfer credit for any course that is tested on the National Board Exam must meet the following criteria:

  1. The applicant may not have taken the course more than 2 years prior to the applicant’s initial course enrollment at AAMI.
  2. The applicant must have earned a minimum of a grade of B in the course or courses for which they are seeking transfer credit.
  3. For courses in a sequence (e.g., Embalming I, Embalming II, etc.), an applicant must receive a B or higher in each course to have the courses and credits transferred. If an applicant received a grade of C or lower in a course in the sequence, that course plus all subsequent courses (regardless of the grade in a subsequent course) are ineligible for transfer.
  4. The applicant will be required to audit (online or on-campus) each course transferred in the major (courses on the National Board Exam) to ensure overall mastery of the course content. A $100 audit fee will be charged.

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