NYU is the only top-ten ranked medical program to offer free tuition, according to the school. However, other medical schools across the country have committed to helping students graduate debt-free.
In April, Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons announced that they would be the first medical school in the nation to replace student loans with scholarships for students who qualify for financial aid. Instead of offering student loans as a part of students' financial aid packages, the university will replace that funding with scholarships from their endowment.
Columbia also announced that 20 percent of medical school students with the greatest financial need will receive full-tuition scholarships.
At the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, which focuses on training physician scientists, all students have received full-tuition scholarships since 2008 regardless of financial need.
In the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, a federally funded medical school within the the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, students are actually paid a salary during their time in medical school. As of the 2017-2018 school year, its students earn at least $60,000 per year for each year of medical school in return to committing to seven years of active duty in the armed forces after graduation. The armed forces also offer other paid medical school opportunities through the Health Professions Scholarship Program.