Loyola Chicago med school alone in enrolling undocumented students

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Seven undocumented medical students started classes at Loyola University Chicago on Aug. 4, but the school still is the only one in the state—and possibly the country—to intentionally enroll such students.

From Northwestern University to Southern Illinois University, no other medical or dental school publicly has embraced students who came to the United States illegally as children but have spent most of their lives here.

“I am a little surprised that we're not hearing more interest within the state,” says Mark Kuczewski, chairman of Loyola's department of medical education in west suburban Maywood. Once the state established a loan program to help students pay tuition, “It's hard to see what the downside would be.”

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