Cuts Worry LSU Med School Official
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Cuts worry LSU Med School official By SALLY REESE Times Medical Writer Even though he can only speculate on the effect, an LSU Medical Center of-ficial is "deeply concerned" about Re-agan's proposed student aid cuts. Roughly 80 percent of its approx-imately 400 medical students attend school with some kind of financial as-sistance that originates at the federal level according to Dr John H Allen. assistant dean for student affairs. In terms of tuition, fees, books, sup-plies and living expenses, that trans-lates into about $1.5 million this year, he said. There is doubt that some students could stay in school without it. So, even while it is in trouble on Capitol Hill, the Reagan budget is troubling to the medical complex. The student aid cuts it contains could be "quite serious," Allen said. "We are speculating that ... student enrollment will be affected adversely, and this would be particularly so among students from the low-income and middle-class groups." Allen said a freshman year at LSU School of Medicine costs about $8,000. That's figuring $2,000 for tuition, $1,300 for books and supplies and $4,680 for living expenses, he said. Under the guaranteed student loan program, a student can borrow up to $5,000 a year for each year of school, Allen said. The loan carries a lower-than- market interest rate, and the stu-dent does not have to start repaying it until he has been out of school a year. The guaranteed student loan is "the biggy" in student aid, said Allen. It has been reported that no one would get this loan without passing a test of financial need under the new Reagan budget. The current 9 percent loans would be available for only the first two years of undergraduate study. After that, students would be charged market interest rates. Graduate students would not even be in the program, according to reports. Allen said the medical school has 28 graduate students, and these students also work — as assistant laboratory assistants, research assistants and on research grants. The assistant dean noted that the federal government is also cutting back on research funding.
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Allen, John H.
Louisiana State University School of Medicine (Shreveport, La.)
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