Tuition-Free MD at NYU School of Medicine

A game-changing plan to award full-tuition scholarships to all students enrolled in our MD degree program

At the 2018 White Coat Ceremony, NYU School of Medicine proudly announced a bold new plan: full-tuition scholarships for all students enrolled in our MD degree program, beginning with the 2018 – 2019 academic year. This groundbreaking tuition-free initiative will transform medical education—and healthcare—across the country. By supporting scholarships, our philanthropic community is part of this historic tuition-free plan. 

Changes in healthcare have created exponential growth in demand for primary care physicians and surgeons. Yet the financial burden of medical school can force brilliant young people to forgo a career in medicine just to avoid a lifetime of student debt. With the promise of a full-tuition scholarship:

  • No prospective student will have to decline medical training at NYU School of Medicine because of tuition costs
  • No enrolled student will feel obligated to pursue a more lucrative specialty over their passion for primary or family care
  • More graduates can practice in parts of the country currently underserved by medicine.

Our goal is to keep dedicated talent in healthcare—and to inspire our peer institutions to do the same—by offering our students the freedom to choose the medical profession, the fields they care about most, and the communities they serve.

NYU School of Medicine is No. 3 in the nation for research and No. 1 in New York, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools” rankings. We want to recruit the very best MD students, regardless of financial need or background, and prepare them with the outstanding education necessary to excel in the medical career of their dreams. When donors give, they ensure that our full-tuition scholarship awards will free students in our MD degree program to follow their professional interests, serve their communities, and pursue breakthroughs that make a difference.

Watch NYU Langone Health board chair Ken Langone share his thoughts on the importance of full-tuition scholarships from the new Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion this June.


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