10 medical schools where students accrue the most debt

Students who graduated from medical school during the 2017-18 academic year took on a median amount of $195,000 in debt to pay for their education, according to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges cited by U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News obtained data from 115 medical schools regarding the average amount of debt students who graduated in 2016 accrued during their four-year education. The average 2016 graduate borrowed roughly $174,299 to pay for schools. The figure jumps to $256,317 on average for the 10 schools that left graduates with the heaviest debt burdens.

Here are the 10 medical schools where 2016 MD or DO graduates incurred the highest average debt, according to U.S. News:

  1. Nova Southeastern University College Of Osteopathic Medicine (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) — $274,947
  2. Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (Yakima, Wash.) — $274,917
  3. Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (East Lansing)  — $270,397
  4. Western University of Health Sciences (Pomona, Calif.) — $262,585
  5. Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (Harrogate, Tenn.)  — $261,268
  6. New York Medical College (Valhalla, N.Y.) — $248,000
  7. Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (East Lansing) — $246,668
  8. Eastern Virginia Medical School (Norfolk) — $245,739
  9. West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (Lewisburg) — $244,670
  10. Drexel University College of Medicine (Philadelphia) — $233,982

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