Resources for Students

Our Office also provides direct student support through peer tutorial services, laptop computer loan services, access to resource libraries, resource rooms, and travel assistance. See below in the provided links.

Resource Rooms

There are two resource rooms available for student use. The study/meeting room is located in the Basic Medical Sciences Building (BMSB) in room B-53. This room is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week to students who have access to BMSB. Students must obtain the access code from the Office of Student Services, BMSB room 107. The student organization room is located in BMSB room B-83. This room is available to all medical school students. The room is equipped with computer workstations, printers, microwave oven, and telephone.

Peer Tutorial Service

The Peer Tutorial program is primarily for first-year students who may desire additional assistance with specific subject areas. Medical students with expertise in an academic area typically serve as tutors and are usually 3rd and 4th year medical students. Medical School department students who wish to obtain a tutor may contact the Office of Diversity.

Laptop Computer Loan Service

A limited number of laptop computers are available for student check-out. They may be checked out for a period of one week. Students are not allowed to load programs onto the laptops. Students should save documents to a flash drive through web based file storage rather than onto the hard drive. UNM HSC students who would like to check out a laptop computer may contact the Office of Diversity.

Resource Library

The resource library is located in room B-80 of the Basic Medical Sciences Building. Materials are loaned for a two-week period. A variety of resources are available, including basic science pre-test books, USMLE and MCAT study books, medical Spanish dictionaries, and pre-medical planning guides.

Travel Assistance

Funds are made available on a reimbursement basis, according to University business and accounting procedures. Reimbursable expenses generally include airline tickets, ground travel expenses, hotel, and conference registration fees. The Office of Diversity is required to report travel reimbursements to the Student Financial Aid Office. Unfortunately, these monies are currently considered income and therefore may affect student's eligibility for other financial aid. Students who wish to seek funds should contact the Office of Diversity. Students must request funds in advance, in writing. Some School of Medicine students have been able to serve as officers for national organizations as a result of this financial assistance.

Links to Helpful Information

For Students: 

College Awareness:

  • National Council for Community and Education Partnerships:  This site provides students with access to many college awareness programs that assist them in applying for college.
  • College Board:  Important information for both students and parents on college entrance exams, scholarships, financial aid, and choosing the right college. Parents can also find helpful tips on how to help their child prepare for college.
  • College Readiness for All Toolbox: Link to many programs that can demystify the college planning process. Special info for parents and students on college readiness.
  • U.S. Department of Education: Learn how to start planning early for college and how to finance your college education.
  • College Navigator - Use the search engine to help sort colleges by location, level of degree seeking, institution type, or degree program.
  • Center for Online Colleges: College Help for Undocumented Students

College Readiness:

  • Go College: Tap into links that will help students find money to fund their education and get the most out of their college experience.
  • Know How to Go: Great bilingual site for learning about requirements that need to be fulfilled at each grade level to help a student get ready for college. It provides information in both English and Spanish.
  • What You Can Do NOW! - A 10th Grade College Prep Guide: Download Resource [PDF]
  • Personal Essay - Some suggestions to help you prepare your essay: Download Resource [PDF]
  • Resume - Tell colleges and scholarship foundations who you are! Download Resource [PDF]

Financial Aid Resources:

  • Legislative Lottery Scholarships: Information on who qualifies for the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship and the features this aid offers.
  • FAFSA: Allows parents to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online and allows parents to follow up on the application to see what aid their child qualifies for.
  • FinAid!: The SmartStudent guide to Financial Aid: Provides both students and parents information about calculating the financial cost of college. Also links to search for scholarships.
  • Money For College - Ever wonder how to pay for college? Download Resource [PDF]
  • How to Go Into and Get Out of College Debt Free Download Resource [PDF]
  • Financial Aid Publications - A resource listing available titles pertaining to financial aid and how to obtain each title: Download Resource [PDF]
  • Financial Aid Videos - A resource listing available videos pertaining to financial aid and how to obtain each video: Download Resource [PDF]

 For Parents

Dropout Prevention

Every year, close to one third of eighteen year olds do not finish high school. The dropout rates for minority students, students from low-income families, and disabled students are even higher. This is not just a problem affecting certain individuals and schools, it is a community-wide problem that affects everyone. High school dropouts commit about 75 percent of crimes in the United States and are much more likely to be on public assistance than those who complete high school. The cost to the public for these crime and welfare benefits is close to $200 billion annually. Read More [PDF]

How do I help my child make good decisions?

Encourage responsibility and independence in your child. As children get older, parents must continue to give them additional responsibilities. By the time your child reaches middle school, he/she should be able to make good decisions about schoolwork, for example. At this point, it is your child's responsibility to keep track of assignments, homework, and test dates. Read More [PDF]

Parents—You Can Help Enrich Your Child's Education

If your child is struggling in school or could use enrichment, you may have considered hiring a private tutor. While tutors can provide wonderful support, hiring one is often expensive, and the time spent with your child is limited. In place of a tutor, supplementing your child's education yourself may be just the solution you're looking for. Read More [PDF]