Apr 30, 2007    #076
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Medical school implements regional tuition

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine will offer reduced tuition rates this fall for newly admitted students from Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arkansas and Illinois. University of Missouri Board of Curators approved the new regional rate earlier this month.

This makes the School of Medicine the only professional school at UMKC to offer a regional rate for out-of-state students.

The new rate will be 1.5 times the resident rate. Nonresident rates will be twice the resident rate. The Curators approved a resident rate of $23,152 for Year 1 and 2 students and $26,933 for Year 3 through 6 students for the 2007-08 academic year.

This is the third time in five years that the School of Medicine has kept instate tuition costs from increasing.

“We are trying to increase the number of graduates, but we have to do it while working with seat constraints and existing lab space,” said Paul G. Cuddy, Pharm.D., M.B.A., senior associate dean for the School of Medicine. “We can’t achieve our graduation goals by admitting more students, so we have to take a different approach by changing our mix of students.”

That means attracting more students from a broader area, thereby increasing student retention and producing more doctors.

“It is always our hope that our graduates will stay in Missouri. The School is committed to meeting the physician shortage in Missouri and nationally,” Dr. Cuddy said.

Currently, the School of Medicine attracts most of its nonresident students from Kansas, partly due to the School’s existing tuition break for students who pay Missouri income taxes.

The School of Medicine’s hallmarks include its six-year combined baccalaureate/doctor of medicine degree program that admits students out of high school, as well as its small group learning configuration called the Docent System.

The UMKC School of Medicine provides students with early and ongoing clinical experience through teams of students, physicians and other health-care providers. The School offers residency and fellowship training in more than 40 postgraduate programs. The School partners with Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, Truman Medical Centers, Western Missouri Mental Health Center, and the Kansas City VA Hospital. For more information on the UMKC School of Medicine, visit

UMKC is one of fewer than 30 research universities in the United States that has medicine, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy education programs all located on one campus. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences, and urban affairs.

This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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