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SUNY Upstate Medical Alumni Association to provide extra scholarship support for expected $2,000 tuition hike

SUNY Upstate Medical University is making $50,000 in scholarship support available to provide students in the College of Medicine some financial relief from an expected $2,000 tuition increase.

Tuition in the College of Medicine currently is $10,840 for a resident of New York state. It is expected to rise to $12,840 once a final budget is adopted by the state legislature.

The additional scholarship support is being provided by SUNY Upstate's Medical Alumni Association. "We hope these Helping Hand Scholarships will provide some extra assistance to students who may find it difficult to afford the expected tuition increase," said Carole Novick, executive director of the Office of Medical Alumni.

Novick said the money for the scholarships comes from alumni support. "Alumni know what the financial burdens of medical school are and they are extremely supportive when asked to assist their future colleagues," she said. In total, the Medical Alumni Association will provide $230,000 in scholarships to medical students this year.

All students, more than 600 in the College of Medicine, are eligible to apply for the Helping Hand Scholarships. Fifty $1,000 scholarships will be awarded based on need and the completion of a brief essay. Students must apply for the scholarships by Oct. 1.