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WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES FREE TUITION FOR UP TO HALF ITS MEDICAL SCHOOL CLASS

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has committed $100 million over the next decade to provide scholarships which will allow up to half of each class to attend tuition-free. Other class members will receive partial tuition support. Last year, the median debt among graduating medical school students nationwide was $200,000, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. At Washington University, the average debt among recent graduates is closer to $100,000. The university joins a handful of medical schools that have significantly decreased or eliminated their tuition. Last year, New York University announced that medical school tuition would be free for all students, due to private gifts and a $600 million endowment. Officials at NYU said applications increased following the free tuition announcement, and the number of underrepresented student applicants more than doubled. Other schools such as UCLA and Columbia University have scholarship programs that cover full tuition for about 20% of their medical students.

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