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Earlier today, the University of Arizona College of Medicine announced it will offer free tuition to state residents who commit to remain in Arizona and help the state address its acute physician shortage. Specifically, the students must commit to a minimum of two consecutive years in a federally designated underserved community or health professional shortage area in the state within six years of graduation.

The program launches this spring and will be funded by $8 million of annual funding from the Arizona Legislature that is also earmarked to increase the school’s class size. The free tuition is available to students at both the Tucson and Phoenix campuses. In-state tuition at the four-year medical school is approximately $33,000 per year.

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