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Petition to the USDE to Reinstate the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (UAG) the Tittle IV, HEA funding for every eligible student.

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Mr. Eric Waldo
Foreign Schools Participation Division
Federal Student Aid
830 First Street NE,
Union Center Plaza, 7th Floor
Washington D.C. 20202-5340

Dear Mr. Eric Waldo:

We, the students from Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (UAG) International Program, write this letter as one single student body to petition the Department to review and evaluate thoroughly and fairly the recertification application for the Medical Program submitted by UAG, and ultimately fully reinstate the Tittle IV, HEA funding for every eligible student attending UAG.

We are aware of the Department?s decision to transfer the Medical Program of UAG from the Advance method of payment to the Heightened Cash Monitoring (HCM) 1 method of payment, effective November 26, 2013. We understand that the Department took this action because it believed UAG failed to meet the eligibility requirements for foreign graduate medical schools found at 34 C.F.R. 600.55 (f), requiring at least 75% of the school?s students and graduates receive a United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) passing score administered by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), unless the school has a clinical training program approved by a State as of January 1, 1992 and has continued to operate a clinical training program in at least one state that approves the program [34 C.F.R. 600.55 (f) (2)] (?1992 exemption?).

Furthermore, we believe the Department was not aware or did not understand that UAG has had a continuous clinical training programs approved by the State. The Internado Programs in Puerto Rico have been approved since 1988 by the Tribunador Examinador de Medicos de Puerto Rico (TEMPR) recently changed to the Junta de Licenciamiento y Disciplina Medica de Puerto Rico (JLDMPR). This body approves clinical training programs for UAG students who must participate in these pre-internship programs to obtain medical licensure as a requirement of the UAG 5-year medical curriculum, also known as the 5th year pre-internship program, as well as for US and PR graduates from 4-year medical schools.

We as students urge the Department of Education to follow your own policies to the letter, and reinstate Tittle IV, HEA funding to the medical students of UAG , to which we as American Citizens are rightfully entitled.

Sincerely,

Students of UAG, International Program

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