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AAPI Quick Start Guide and FAQs

What is AAPI? 

The Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (AAPI) Centralized Application Service simplifies the process of applying to psychology postdoctoral and internships programs. You start by selecting the programs you wish to apply to, then you submit one application that includes all necessary materials. Once received by AAPI, your application and materials may go through a verification process before being transmitted to all of your selected programs. Click here to start your application.

 

How long does the application process take? 

It's important you apply as early as possible since completing your application can be a lengthy process, and since application processing times vary throughout the cycle. Below is a suggested timeline that includes key actions to keep the application process on track. This timeline may need to be adjusted based on your programs' deadlines and requirements. 

Timeline

Key Actions

Prior to the Start of the Application Process

  1. Research programs you wish to apply to. Pay special attention to:
    • Cycle dates and deadline requirements. 
    • Application fees.
    • Recommendation requirements. 
    • Minimum requirements, including prerequisites, standardized test scores, supplemental applications, foreign evaluations, etc.
    • Transcript requirements. 
  2. Begin contacting potential recommenders to confirm their participation. 
  3. Begin drafting your personal essay.
  4. Review the instructions in this Help Center. 

At Least 3 Months Prior to Deadline

  1. Create your account
  2. Complete the Colleges Attended section, and review the graduate transcript requirements. 
  3. Complete the Recommendations section. 

At Least 10-12 Weeks Prior to Deadline

  1. Ask your schools to send graduate official transcripts directly to AAPI. If there are any holds on your account at a school, resolve them now to avoid delays in sending transcripts.
  2. Check in with your recommenders to confirm that they received the recommendation request via email.

At Least 6-8 Weeks Prior to Deadline

  1. Complete and submit your application.
  2. Monitor your application for receipt of transcripts and letters of recommendation and follow up on any missing items.

After Deadline

Download a copy of your application for your records.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Coursework, Transcripts, and GPAs Programs and Statuses Fees and Payments
Do I need to send transcripts?

You must send official transcripts for each graduate-level institution attended. For more information, see Sending Official Transcripts to AAPI

 

Should I send my undergraduate transcripts?

No. If received, these documents will be destroyed. If your programs request these transcripts you must send them to the programs directly. 

 

My transfer credits are listed on my primary transcript. Do I still need to send all transcripts?

You must report all colleges and universities attended, even if your transfer credits are listed on your primary transcript. Review each program's transcript requirements under Colleges Attended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do I remove a program?

To remove a program, first navigate to the Add Programs tab and select the desired program(s). Then navigate to the Submit Application tab and remove the undesired program(s).

 

Can I apply to more programs after I submit my application?

Yes, if the program's deadline date has not yet passed and the application cycle is open.

 

Should I submit my application if I'm still waiting on transcripts and/or recommendations?

Yes. You can submit your application before your transcripts and/or recommendations are received by AAPI.

 

Will AAPI update me on the status of my application?

Your application status for each program is listed in the Check Status section of the application. AAPI will notify you when official transcripts and recommendations are received.

 

When will I learn about admissions decisions? Did I get in!?

You must reach out to your program(s) to learn about a site's admissions decisions.

 

Is there any other way to pay other than by credit card?

We currently only accept payments by credit card: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.

 

I want a refund. What do I need to do?

Refunds are not given for any reason. Review Refunding/Withdrawing Your AAPI Application for more information.

 

 

 

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