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Continuing Eligiblity
Housing
Financial Aid
Scholarships
Pink Card, Yellow Card, MCAT



Continuing Eligibility

What are the continuous eligibility requirements? Click here

What are the two GPA’s listed in the Continuous Eligibility Requirements?

  • Cumulative GPA – Cohorts 2008-2011 must earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.37; Cohorts 2012 and beyond must earn a 3.50 cumulative GPA. Courses earned by Advanced Placement exams will satisfy degree requirement and will not be used in calculating pre-med GPA as there is no grade earned. Transfer courses will satisfy degree requirement and will not be calculated into the pre-med GPA using the grade earned at the other institution as this follows UNM's policy regarding transfer credit grades..
  • Pre-Med GPA –Cohorts 2008-2011 must earn a GPA of a 3.00 (B) or better on all science courses specifically required for UNM School of Medicine (SOM); Cohorts 2012 and beyond must earn a 3.20 GPA in those courses. If student earns a B or better in all science courses, 3.00 GPA will be met. If student earns a C in one of these courses, they must earn an A in another science course to average a B, or repeat original course for a B or better (and process grade replacement) to meet 3.00 GPA requirement, or 3.20 GPA requirement depending on cohort.. Courses earned by Advanced Placement exams will satisfy degree requirement and will not be used in calculating pre-med GPA as there is no grade earned. Transfer courses will satisfy degree requirement and will not calculate into the pre-med GPA using the grade earned at the other institution as this follows UNM's policy regarding transfer credit grades.

NOTE: Transfer course grades do not contribute to students UNM or BA/MD Pre-Med GPA. All GPA’s are calculated to the hundredth decimal point.

What courses are included in the Pre-Med GPA for Continuous Eligibility requirements?

  • Chemistry 121 – General Chemistry I. (3)
  • Chemistry 122 – General Chemistry II. (3)
  • Chemistry 123L – General Chemistry I Lab. (1)
  • Chemistry 124L – General Chemistry II Lab. (1)
  • Chemistry 301 – Organic Chemistry I. (3)
  • Chemistry 303L – Organic Chemistry I Lab. (1)
  • Chemistry 302 – Organic Chemistry II. (3)
  • Chemistry 304L – Organic Chemistry II Lab. (1)
  • Biology 201/201L – Molecular and Cell Biology. (4)
  • Biology 202/202L – Genetics. (4)
  • Biology 204/204L – Plant and Animal Form. (4)
  • Physics 151 – General Physics I. (3)
  • Physics 151L – General Physics I Lab. (1)
  • Physics 152 – General Physics II. (3)
  • Physics 152L – General Physics II Lab. (1)
  • Biochemistry 423 – Introduction to Biochemistry. (3)

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What is the CCSP?
The CCSP is the Committee on Curriculum and Student Progress, and is made up of faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) and the School of Medicine (SOM). It is responsible for monitoring student progress, adjudicating policies and standards, enforcing the program’s “Code of Ethics”, and determining students’ eligibility to continue in the program and their promotion to the School of Medicine. See the BA/MD Student Handbook for more specific information.

What happens if I do not meet the continuous eligibility requirements?
If a student does not meet the continuous eligibility requirements, the Committee on Curriculum and Student Progress (CCSP) will discuss each student on a case by case basis as each individual’s situation may differ. The committee will make a decision to allow the student to continue academic progress with possible suggestions for improvement (time management, study skills, reduce work hours, require tutorial services, etc.), place student on probation or release the student from the program. Please review the continuous eligibility requirements webpage.  If the student does not meet the requirements of the Student Progress and Evaluation (SPE) policy by the indicated deadline for Phases, the student will be released from the Program. Please note that there are other continuous eligibility requirements that a student must meet outside of the SPE policy (i.e. cumulative GPA, minimum MCAT score, etc.).

Can I petition all CCSP decisions?
Students may petition a CCSP decision except for academic probation decisions. Please see the BA/MD Student Handbook for current policy and procedure.

When do I need to petition the CCSP?
You will need to petition the CCSP with any special requests that are outside the set policies for the program. This includes dropping required classes such as math or required sciences, or asking for any kind of grading option changes.

You will also need to petition the CCSP to request any Leave of Absence from the program. This should be done at least a semester in advance of when you want the leave, or immediately if experiencing an emergency.
See the BA/MD Student Handbook for more specific information.

How do I petition the CCSP?
You must start the petition process by informing your academic advisor, and turning in a letter to them addressed to the “Committee on Curriculum and Student Progress” outlining your request. Be specific in your request; describe how you will still be able to meet the program’s requirements if they grant your request. In other words, ask for what you want and include a plan of action.

How will I know their decision?
The CCSP meets once a month. Depending when you make your request, it will be discussed at their next meeting. Check with your academic advisor for specific time frames. Once your petition has been voted on, they will generate a letter outlining their decision, and your options.
See the BA/MD Student Handbook for more specific information on appeals.

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Housing

Will I be required to live on campus?
All BA/MD first and second year students are required to live on campus in designated BA/MD housing. Beginning in your third year, you will have the choice of living on or off campus.

Do I need to reapply for housing each year?
Yes, but you must do this online on your own. You will be prompted by email in the spring semester by UNM Residence Life and possibly by your Residential Advisor (RA).

Do I have to pay the housing prepayment?
No, your UNM scholarship should cover this. BA/MD does not pay this. If you paid the prepayment, you should request a refund before the semester begins. The sooner, the better. Once there are other charges on your student account, the Cashiers will not refund. Contact BA/MD to request assistance from Housing.

Do I have to select a meal plan?
Yes. If you are living on-campus, you must select a meal plan, even if you intend to eat mostly off-campus. Meal plans are required and are factored into your financial package.

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Financial Aid

How do I reapply for financial aid?
As a BA/MD student, you are required to fill out and submit the FAFSA by March 1st, and all requested additional documentation by September 1st. You are considered a dependent of your parents until 24 years old, whether they support you or not. They may use the past year’s tax information as an estimate for the FAFSA if current year’s taxes are not ready. If you submit the FAFSA using an estimate from a previous year’s taxes, you must resubmit the FAFSA with the updated information from the current tax year by May 30th to remain eligible.

Can I accept the offered loans?
We would encourage you to ask for guidance from the UNM One Stop office. You may need to deny the loan in order to keep your awards under UNM’s “cap” of cost of attendance. Even if you haven’t officially accepted, the loan will remain in your account until you officially cancel it. Student loans in your account may reduce your eligibility for BA/MD awards.

Can I accept work-study?
We would encourage you to ask for guidance from the UNM One Stop office and the BA/MD Program. You may need to deny the work- study in order to keep your awards under UNM’s “cap” of cost of attendance. Even if you haven’t officially accepted the work-study, it will remain in your account until you officially cancel it. Work- study awards in your account may reduce your eligibility for BA/MD awards.

Do I have to pay the service charges on my account?
Yes, you are responsible for service charges. Any service charges that are accrued may be proportionally reversed based on the amount of your BA/MD award. After the BA/MD awards are made, you are responsible for any outstanding balances remaining on your student account.

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Scholarships

How is my BA/MD award decided?
After adding up all the basic educational costs, a target amount is established. Everyone is brought up to this same level of coverage after all other awards and scholarships have been considered. Each BA/MD award package is customized for each individual student’s need. Since BA/MD is a need-only supplemental scholarship, it differs for each student.

What is the difference between “basic educational cost” and “cost of attendance?”
“Basic educational cost” is the formula that BA/MD uses to determine awards. It includes tuition and student fees, housing, an average amount for course fees and books, and an average meal plan. It does not allow for any personal or travel expenses.

“Cost of Attendance” is a maximum cap of support that UNM allows based on federal guidelines of expenses to enroll in school and live as a college student. This does include estimates for personal and travel expenses, and is more than “basic educational costs”.

What if I have outside scholarships that pay in late, after BA/MD has awarded?
A late scholarship will put you into the situation of being over-awarded by BA/MD. Your BA/MD award will be reduced by that amount creating a balance due that you must pay. Please notify the BA/MD Program office as soon as possible to discuss what needs to be done to address the issue.

Can I spend my refund check?
The answer is varied. It is dependent on the specifics of your total package. It is best to check with the BA/MD Program before you spend it, because you may be required to contribute that amount back to cover your charges. If you received a refund as a result of a BA/MD overpayment, BA/MD will reduce your current award creating a balance due that you must pay.

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How do I use the Enrollment Authorization Form - "Pink Card"?

DO NOT make any changes to your schedule (grading option, drops, etc) without first consulting with your BA/MD advisor. Consequences of not consulting with your advisor could lead to loss of financial aid and/or effect continuous eligibility.

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How do I use the Enrollment Authorization Form - “Yellow Card”?

DO NOT make any changes to your schedule (grading option, drops, etc) without first consulting with your BA/MD advisor. Consequences of not consulting with your advisor could lead to loss of financial aid and/or effect continuous eligibility.

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MCAT

Do I have to take the MCAT preparatory course provided by the program?
Yes, all BA/MD students are required to take the MCAT preparatory course the year before graduation. Please see the "MCAT" webpage for more information and/or talk with you BA/MD advosor.

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