Earlier today, Weill Cornell Medicine announced that it will offer full scholarships to cover all tuition, housing, room and board and other expenses. The singular caveat is that the students must qualify for financial aid. However, if they do, they will be guaranteed a debt-free medical school education. Weill Cornell credited $160 million in new donations for the financial freedom to implement the new policy.
With this announcement, Cornell has joined the growing list of medical schools that have made similar moves. For a quick recap, NYU is tuition free for all of its students, Yale has capped its medical school student loans and WUSM is offering full scholarships to roughly half of its applicants. Columbia and Kaiser Permanente are two more schools that immediately come to mind that already have similar programs in place.