There has been mention here of sometimes good and sometimes "formal" post bacc programs. UNCC here in charlotte, other than doing recommendations by committee, does not have any formal program other than putting together a flyer of which classes to take, some pre-med clubs, some contacts, and contacts for hospital volunteer coordinators. The catch is since it is not a program working toward a degree or certificate it is *not* eligible for financial aid - they won't even let you *apply* for a student loan . Is there such a thing as a formal post bacc pre-med program that is even eligible for financial aid (student loans)? Remember reading on this forum somewhere about one such program and the students in it even skipped the centralized application process because some of these programs had "deals" with med schools. Is that true???!! If not, I'll have to get creative on how to finance this. The catch there is that it isn't reasonable to work while taking a full course load, and if you don't take a full course load and work then adcoms won't be sure if you can handle a full course load - it is easier to make good grades when you are only taking one or two classes a semester. Plus how long would that take if you have to meet all of your requirements post bacc! Any help would not go unappreciated.