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From Open Access to the Open University - And Now 'Free Medical Education'?

Posted Sep 22 2008 4:35pm

medical school debt

It was just a matter of time before open access morphed into the open university. But what about the first-ever free (i.e. no tuition charged) for medical students in year I of the University of Central Florida’s medical school??

The UCF’s new med school is offering a potent lure in an era of crushing student debt: complete four-year scholarships for tuition, fees and living expenses for every student in year I.

The medical school at UCF has received 2,996 applications for
its charter class of 40, which will enter next year. That’s a ratio
that would be the envy of deans at the top schools. The application period started a few months ago, and runs through December 2008.

UCF's med school is a public institution but $7 million are needed to
fund the charter class with no single donor. Two large gifts were over $300,000. While some scholarships are available for students in subsequent years the first class is likely to be the only one to get the free-for-all deal.

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