Dental school applications can get expensive.
With each dental school charging an average of $75 to review your application and the AADSAS application charging $245 for your first school and $102 for each additional dental school you apply to, we thought it'd be helpful to learn how to save $1200+ when applying to dental school, while also making traveling for your interviews easier.
Our method revolves around taking strategic advantage of banking and credit card offers to maximize your rewards and thereby getting lots of cash back and travel benefits.
Specifically, it revolves around opening an American Express Platinum Card from Charles Schwab.
This is not a sponsored post. Predenting does not receive any commissions or other benefits from referring you to the Amex card or to Charles Schwab.
So first, you're going to want to open a new Charles Schwab brokerage account here and use the referral code REFER6ETHH3BH.
Opening a Charles Schwab account does not require any deposits and does not have any fees.
By using the referral code, you get $100 deposited into your account.
Next, you'll want to apply for the American Express Platinum Card through Charles Schwab. It's important to apply for the card through Charles Schwab because the Schwab version of the card allows you to transfer credit card points to your Schwab account, which converts the points to cash at a rate of 1.25%. That means you're essentially getting a credit card that gives 1.25% cash back on all purchases (and there are bonus categories!).
American Express Platinum Card by Charles Schwab here.
Once you get the American Express Platinum Card by Charles Schwab, here's how you'll get your $1200:
- $750 sign-up bonus for meeting the spend requirement within 3 months.
- $100 Charles Schwab new account bonus.
- $200 in airline credits (per calendar year, so $400).
- $200 in Uber credits.
- $100 TSA Pre-check / Global Entry application fee reimbursement.
- $150 Saks Fifth Avenue Credit ($50 credit, given semi-annually).
- $50 (Conservative value for Lounge Access)
- Travel Insurance
- The equivalent of AAA vehicle assistance
- and so many other benefits
- Minus a $550 annual fee.
By getting this credit card, and then achieving the spend requirement by using it to pay for your dental school application, you'll be able to not only save a lot of money, but also make your travels for dental school interviews much easier by getting TSA Precheck, airline credits to use for your flights, Uber credits for getting to your interviews, and more!
Check out the video above that explains how to use this trick in further detail.
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About the Author: Andrew Ghadimi
Andrew is the National Pre-Dental Liaison for the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), the same organization that runs the dental school application, ADEA AADSAS. He also serves on the District 11 (California) ADEA Council of Students, Residents, and Fellows Board, as the Pre-Dental Chair. Ghadimi is a dental student at UCLA's School of Dentistry and is the Founder and President of Predenting LLC. He has helped 700+ pre-dentals on their journey to dental school over 4+ years.
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