Paying for medical school is costly but there are scholarships and loan repayment programs to help students defray the cost. Some schools offer merit aid, such as the University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt, Washington University, the University of Michigan, Mayo, UCLA, and Emory. Applicants do not apply for merit awards; they are plucked out of the pool and notified that they have been selected or are under consideration.
For students interested in pursuing MD-PhD training the Medical Scientist Training Program provides full-tuition support.
An article in US News describes additional scholarships. The American Medical Association provides some funding for medical students. The website for the Pritzker School of Medicine provides a list of outside scholarships . In addition, Mayo provides a list of available resources. The American Medical Women’s Association also lists funding sources. The University of Virginia also maintains a list of scholarship possibilities.
In addition, some schools have announced that they will be either tuition-free or that students who qualify for loans will graduate with no debt. Such schools are Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Columbia, NYU, Washington University, Kaiser Permanente, and the University of Houston.
–Liza Thompson, Expert Medical School Admissions Consulting
Originally posted in 2013 and updated in 2019.