School of Medicine has announced that it will now cover the cost of tuition for all past and present students, regardless of merit or financial need. This includes international students, and makes NYU the only top-ranked US medical school to offer full tuition scholarships to all students.
The university cited concerns on the ‘overwhelming financial debt’ facing graduates, which could lead aspiring doctors to choose more lucrative specialties, rather than general roles, or even put them off studying medicine altogether.
NYU’s initiative is effective immediately, affecting 443 current students, and will cover tuition fees of US$55,000 per year. However, students will still need to self-fund for their room, board and other fees and expenses, which come to around $27,000 per year.
The scheme was made possible thanks to the donations of more than 2,500 supporters, including a $100 million gift from Kenneth G. Langone and his wife Elaine, after whom the school is named.
Robert I. Grossman, dean of the medical school and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center, said: “This decision recognizes a moral imperative that must be addressed, as institutions place an increasing debt burden on young people who aspire to become physicians”.