Photo: Loyola Medical School
Loyola University of Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine is making history today by becoming the first big city medical school to admit undocumented students. The school announced they will be waiving the legal residency requirement that deters undocumented, qualified applicants from seeking admission.
At the present time, any student that is not a US citizen or permanent resident is usually considered a foreign/international applicant for medical school admissions. There are a select number of schools that accept applications from international applicants while the majority do not accept ‘international’ applications.
Loyola University, a private university, was also one of the first medical school’s to differentiate between undocumented, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), Temporary Protected Status/non-citizen and non-permanent resident students from international applicants.
If a student is deemed as an international applicant and/or a non-U.S. citizen they are not eligible for federal financial aid. International students many times must self-finance their entire education and provide proof of their ability to pay when they apply.
Therefore, the Stritch School is also offering a financing plan through a Illinois state agency. Costs for attending Stritch’s School of Medicine are almost $200,000 for the three-year program.