Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program

Students seeking financial aid for the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical program are not considered graduate students; they are considered 5th undergraduates taking preparatory coursework. Students in this program are not eligible for grant assistance from the university or federal programs.

Independent students and dependent students whose parents are denied a PLUS loan are eligible to borrow a total of $12,500 in Stafford Loans (up to $5,500 of which can be Subsidized) through the Federal Direct Loan Program. Dependent students whose parents can borrow a PLUS loan may borrow a total of $5,500 in Stafford Loans (subsidized and/or unsubsidized) through the Federal Direct Loan Program.

Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical students may only receive Federal Direct Loans for a two-semester period (Fall/Spring) per Federal regulations and must be enrolled at least half-time (6 units per semester). If you are beginning the program with the summer term, only private alternative loans are available for the summer.

In general, most Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical students are considered dependents and may receive up to $5,500 in Federal Direct Student Loans (combined subsidized and unsubsidized amounts) during the award period.  If the student is determined to be independent, an additional $7,000 in Unsubsidized Federal Direct Students Loans may be available.

Unsure if you are considered an independent student or a dependent student? Find out here.

There are 13 questions a student must answer to determine if they are a dependent or independent student. If you answer "no" to all questions, you MUST provide parental information on the FAFSA even if you no longer reside with your parents or they no longer provide your support. The federal government will still view you as a dependent student and parental information is required for all dependent students.

FAFSA guidelines for Postbac students:

When completing the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Postbaccalaureate Pre-Medical students should provide the following answers:

  • When you begin the 2019-2020 school year, what will be your grade level? Answer: 5th year/other undergraduate
  • When you begin the 2019-2020 school year, what degree or certificate will you be working on? Answer: You will answer Certificate/Diploma (occupational/technical/education program of less than 2 years)
  • At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, will you be working on a master’s or doctorate program? Answer: No
  • Grade Level: Answer: 5th year, Post Baccalaureate Certification, 2nd Degree

Eligibility criteria:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (6 or more units)
  • Have remaining eligibility for loan borrowing (Not reached lifetime loan limits associated with the credential program)


Cost of Attendance

Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Off-CampusWith Parents/Relatives 
Tuition & Fees $18,702 $18,702
Room & Board $18,144 $6,786
Books & Supplies $1,971 $1,971
Parking &Transportation $1,278 $1,134
Personal & Miscellaneous $3,996 $3,564
Loan Fees $134 $134
Total Estimated Cost $44,225 $32,291



We realize that every student’s situation is unique and you may have questions about your specific situation. Contact or call 310-338-2753.