Yale sets out to lower enrollment costs for medical school students

Yale School of Medicine Dean Robert Alpern, MD, said during his annual address that he aims to have students graduate from the school debt-free, the Yale Daily News reports.

Three things to know:

1. Dr. Alpern, who plans to retire once his tenure as dean ends June 30, said he ultimately envisions students will graduate from the school debt-free. But to do so, he said the New Haven, Conn.-based institution must reduce net attendance costs.

"To me, the goal is a unit loan of zero. Which means that any student could come to Yale School of Medicine without debt. I think debt-free should be our mantra," he said.

2. While the average student at a private medical school accrues roughly $192,000 in debt during their four-year education, Yale students accrue roughly $121,000. However, Dr. Alpern speculates that after changes to the institution's unit loan, students would be able to graduate with less than $100,000 in debt.

3. Dr. Alpern also addressed the New York City-based NYU School of Medicine's decision last year to go tuition-free. He said that while other institutions may choose to do so, going tuition-free would cost Yale about $20 million per year.

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