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Petition to Stop University of Illinois Tuition Increase

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by WaryWildcat, Feb 15, 2012.

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  1. WaryWildcat

    WaryWildcat 7+ Year Member

    May 21, 2009
    Hello SDNers,

    I am an M2 at UIC, writing to let you know of some recent developments at our institution. On January 29, our administration informed us that for incoming M1s, the tuition would be raised 21%, to a total of $42,000. This will make UIC, Illinois' only public school, also its most expensive to attend.

    We believe this will have a number of disturbing effects on medical education, both in Illinois and elsewhere. By raising the total cost of attendance to nearly $300,000, many more students will be priced out of careers in primary care, at a time when the healthcare system is already projected to reach a shortage of 50,000 primary care physicians by 2020. This will discourage students from underserved, poorer communities from aspiring towards becoming physicians, which inevitably means that these communities will only become increasingly underserved in the future. Here at UIC, an institution which prides itself on diversity, this will destroy one of the most unique and important characteristics of our school.

    Even if you are not an Illinois resident, or if you are not thinking about applying to UIC, you should stand with us. This hike is a part of an increasing trend in public medical education to shift the financial burden of attendance away from the state, and towards the students. This defeats the purpose of state medical schools, and threatens to turn a career in medicine into a pipe dream only accessible to the richest students. It's just wrong, and we need to stop it now.

    If you stand with us, please sign our petition below:
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  3. MT Headed

    MT Headed snow, PBR, and bears Lifetime Donor 2+ Year Member

    May 27, 2011
    teh Big Sky!
    :confused: When did Southern Illinois become a private school? Are they now accepting out of state applicants?

    I'm pretty sure Rush, RFU, and Northwestern would still be more expensive. :rolleyes: Loyola too, probably.
  4. WaryWildcat

    WaryWildcat 7+ Year Member

    May 21, 2009
    Sorry, forgot about SIU. Although despite the fact that we have more than twice as many students as they do, they get as much funding from the state of Illinois as we do... In addition, only people from Southern Illinois get in, so it's not really accessible for the 90% of us not from there. So while it's all fine and good that SIU may be cheaper, it's really as much of an option to most of medical students in Illinois as it is for medical students in Iran

    Also our new tuition for two semesters ($42,800) is more than Loyola's ($41,200). While RFU ($45,508), Feinberg ($46,257), and Rush ($47,304) appear to cost more, keep in mind that UIC has summer tuition for the summers following M2 and M3 which at the moment is $11,000, and which we've heard rumors will increase by $2500 in addition to the $3500/semester increase posted. Also Rush gives its students loans at lower interest, and has generous financial aid...

    Check your facts. It will serve you well as a physician
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2012
  5. EBTrailRunner

    EBTrailRunner 5+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2011
    Wow. Considering how obscenely expensive OOS tuition is, I imagine it'll be astronomical now.
  6. GoSpursGo

    GoSpursGo Allons-y! SDN Administrator 7+ Year Member

    Sep 30, 2008
    SDN isn't for advertising your cause. Thread closed.

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