NYU Students Just Won the Med School Lottery

NYU medical school tuition will be free from now on, regardless of merit or need, the school announced yesterday, making it the first top-10 med school to do so, CNN reports.

The massive debt of their education pushes many graduates away from fields like research and family medicine, and into more lucrative specialties, writes David W. Chen in the New York Times. The class of 2017’s average debt was $184,000.

The plan will cost around $600 million and doesn’t cover room and board or fees. The school’s namesake, Home Depot tycoon Kenneth Langone and his wife Elaine, put $100 million in the pot.

Other medical schools including UCLA and Columbia have substantial funds dedicated to covering costs based on merit and need, but not across the board.

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