Penn State College of Medicine Students:
     Penn State's Board of Trustees recently approved a tuition increase of 9% for medical students during the 2003-2004 academic year. Although this is higher than we would have liked, it was necessary in order to present a balanced College of Medicine budget to the trustees. Tuition comprises approximately 11.9% of the income for the College's proposed budget of $142 million for 2003-2004. The College of Medicine leadership intends to keep our tuition as low as possible while being fiscally responsible stewards of our educational enterprise. We have set our goals to continue to have the lowest tuition among Pennsylvania's allopathic medical schools for Pennsylvania residents, and to be in the middle third of all U.S. allopathic schools for nonresidents. We will do our best to achieve these goals and continue to provide an excellent educational experience for our students.

     I want to assure you that we have implemented this year's changes in a thoughtful and prudent manner, with a commitment to keep tuition increases to a minimum. We appreciate your understanding.  


                       Darrell G. Kirch, M.D.
                       Senior Vice President for Health Affairs
                       Dean of the College of Medicine
                       Chief Executive Officer of The Milton S. Hershey
                       Medical Center

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