The University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine could lose up to $4 million a year, or 4 percent of its budget, if the state Legislature does not restore tobacco settlement funding set to expire in July.
The school is fearful that if it loses the steady income for operations, it will no longer be able to enroll 90 percent of local students into its programs, instead seeking to enroll more out-of-state students who pay double the state tuition of about $27,000 per year. The school would seek to raise in-state tuition to $58,000 in 2012 if the money is redirected, said Tina Shelton, school spokeswoman.
The Legislature is considering whether to extend the July sunset date for the school’s use of a portion of the state’s Tobacco Settlement. Opponents say the money should go toward other tobacco-related prevention efforts.
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