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Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by UN4GETTABLE, Sep 6, 2006.

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    UN4GETTABLE Junior Member 2+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2006
    Aurora, CO
    ...that your first year of pharmacy school is considered undergraduate as far as federal financial aid and student loans are concerned? :(
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  3. cycloketocaine

    cycloketocaine 7+ Year Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    The Boonies
    Since pharmacy school as a whol is a graduate program, I doubt that your first year is considered undergrad.
  4. a504n

    a504n Member 5+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    I just started my first year in pharmacy school, and my school counts your P1 and P2 years as undergraduate. Only your P3 and P4 year is considered graduate/professional. Their reason is that since the Pharmacy program is 6 years. The first 4 years are considered undergraduate to them as far as financial aid goes.
  5. pharmacology

    pharmacology Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Sep 2, 2004

    For classification it is a graduate program. But in actuality there is a big difference between pharmacy school...or any professional program and a real graduate program.

    I prefer the term "professional school" rather than graduate program.
  6. patmcd

    patmcd Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 24, 2006
    Southern US
    Thats wrong for most schools. Basically every school will consider you an undergrad for 1-2 years if you dont have a college degree, and some will consider you an undergrad for a year even if you have a college degree.

    OP, contact the schools you are applying to and they can tell you.
  7. Moxxie

    Moxxie Rained out 7+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2005
    Temperate Rainforest
    My school (Idaho State) just changed their policy so that P2-P4s are considered grad level. Next year P1s will be included so that all 4 years will be considered grad for financial aid purposes. Unfortunately, I'm a P1 this year, which means that I'm stuck in a catch-22 - I'm not eligible for the grad level loans ($18,500), but because I already have a degree, I'm not eligible for grants, either. I was able to take out stafford loans at the undergrad level ($11,500), but I still had to take out a private loan so that I could eat and have a place to live.
  8. pharmacazoid

    pharmacazoid Member 2+ Year Member

    Jul 26, 2006
    When I toured one of my prospective pharmacy schools I was told by the director of admissions that your first two years will be conidered undergraduate IF you do not already hold a degree. If you do than you will be considered for graduate funding. She mentioned that almost all the students were able to get federal funding and that the only person that did have some difficulty already had a masters degree so this person had to get some private loans to help with tuition.
  9. genesis09

    genesis09 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    UIC considered all Pharmacy students, P1-P4, regardless if you have a degree or not, a professional/graduate student. You will get the higher loans and such.
  10. spacecowgirl

    spacecowgirl brr 10+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2004
    in an igloo
    I had a degree and my first two years were still considered ungrad! :mad:
  11. Rxbound

    Rxbound Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Sep 14, 2005

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