UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (WCIA) — It’s been about 12 weeks since Carle Illinois College of Medicine kicked things off with its inaugural class. All 32 students are getting free tuition, worth more than $200,000 each.
Kanesha Overton is one of 16 women in the program. She says her days go form about 8 am to 10 or 11 pm, and they include class, clinics, studying and more studying. Overton says she loves she’s learning to combine medicine and engineering, and she’s been able to work with patients since day one.
Besides that, Overton says the biggest perk is free tuition. She’s worked since she was 14, putting herself through school and helping support her family. She says, without the free tuition, she’s not sure she’d be here today.
Eventually, Overton wants to use her degree to help serve people in third world countries. Her class graduates in 2022.
Carle-Illinois is the first medical school of its kind, combining medicine with engineering from the state. Next year’s class will have 32 students. In the school’s third and fourth years, it will accept 40 students. After that, class size will be 64.