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OPTOMETRY TUITION REDUCTION PROGRAM 
INTERSTATE COMPACT PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY/STATE OF MARYLAND

Who may apply: Students admitted to the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and certified as Maryland Residents.

How to apply:  No new applications are being accepted.

When to apply:  No new applications are being accepted.

Eligible majors: Optometry

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a Maryland resident.  You must have been admitted to the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO).  You must enroll full-time in the Doctor of Optometry program leading to licensure as an optometrist in Maryland.  Students in each class may participate in this tuition reduction program determined on a first come, first serve basis by the PCO.  All inquires for admission to the PCO should be directed to the Office of Admissions, 8360 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027-1598, telephone: (215) 780-1300 or (800) 824-6262.

FINANCIAL NEED

This award is not based on need.

AWARD AMOUNT

The minimum annual reduction, contingent upon State funding, is $8,275.  Only five (5) students are selected for tuition reduction each year, so funds may not be available to award all eligible students.

RENEWING AN AWARD

You may renew your award up to three years if you remain enrolled in the Doctor of Optometry program and maintain the satisfactory academic progress standards of the institution.

SERVICE OBLIGATION

You must sign and return a promissory note agreeing to serve full-time as a practicing Doctor of Optometry or professional in the field of optometry in Maryland, one year for each year you receive the tuition reimbursement, or repay the amount with interest.  If you hold this scholarship with any other award requiring a service obligation, you must perform your service in consecutive years.

APPLICATION

Effective for the 2011-2012 academic year, no new applications will be accepted.  Only renewal awards will be made until the program is phased out.

If you need to contact the Pennsylvania College of Optometry regarding your award, please call the Office of Admissions at 8360 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027-1598, telephone: (215) 780-1300 or (800) 824-6262. 

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