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Cornell’s med school will eliminate debt for financial aid students

Eligible students will have scholarships instead of loans

Students who qualify for financial aid at Cornell University’s medical school just received a veritable bonanza from that institution: The school recently voted to implement debt-free tuition for financial aid students, effective this year.

The Cornell Daily Sun reports that Weill Cornell Medicine will “provide debt-free schooling for students qualifying for financial aid.” The school’s dean. Augustine Choi, said that the historic decision was made possible by the “generosity of [Cornell’s] donors.”

Tuition at the medical school currently stands at nearly $60,000 per year. The new program will cover not just tuition, but “books and expenses” as well.

The New York Times reported that Cornell’s medical school recently received a gift of $160,000,000. Choi said that the school will require “about $50 million more in the coming years to ensure that the program continues in perpetuity.”

Data indicate that medical school students on average carry tremendous amounts of debt; the average debt load after graduation is around $170,000, with many carrying over $200,000.

Weill Cornell follows New York University’s recent decision to eliminate debt at its medical school. Brown University also recently eliminated student loans.

Read the report here.

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