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NYU School of Medicine to give all students a full ride

NYU School of Medicine to give all students a full ride

Current and future New York University Medical School students will have tuition covered, regardless of need. (Siegel. Jefferson / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

This is what you call single-payer health care.

NYU School of Medicine announced Thursday that all new, current and future medical students would be awarded full-tuition scholarships, regardless of need or merit.

All arriving and incoming students will get a free ride, and the 442 current students will have the rest of their tuition fully paid by the new program.

“The scholarships will also be established, from here on out, to every future medical student at the school,” NYU said in a press release announcing the program.

The annual tuition costs covered by the scholarship are $55,018. In 2017, medical students owed an average of $191,000 by the time they graduated, according to a survey by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

“The debt can scare people away,” Rafael Rivera, NYU’s associate dean for admissions and financial aid, told CNN. “One of those individuals could be the one to find a cure for cancer. For us, it's important to have the best applicant pool possible, and society deserves nothing less.”