Top 10 Cheapest Medical Schools in the U.S.

Cheapest Medical Schools in the U.S.

Everyone knows that medical school is expensive, or is it? The average cost of tuition at a private medical school in the United States is approximately $44,000. Public medical schools in the U.S. average annual tuition costs of about $26,000.

In addition to tuition, there are other costs involved in attending medical school. In fact, it is extremely difficult (if not impossible) to try to juggle employment alongside the rigors of a medical school education. Therefore, most medical students pay for living expenses by taking out massive amounts of student loans.


It may be interesting to note that 6 of the 10 cheapest medical schools in the U.S. share a common attribute – they are located in Texas. Applicants to medical schools in Texas must submit applications via the Texas Medical Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS), as opposed to other medical schools in the U.S., which utilize the AMCAS or AACOMAS application services.

Here’s the 10 cheapest medical schools in the United States where you can become a physician without breaking the bank.

#10 East Carolina-Brody

The Brody School of Medicine of East Carolina University, located in Greenville, North Carolina, takes number 10 in the rankings for cheapest medical schools in the U.S. A unique aspect of BSOM is that 1/3 of its admissions committee consists of current students. The Brody School of Medicine receives financial support directly from the state of North Carolina. Since the the admissions committee seeks to fill its incoming class ts reflect the diversity of its home state, 100% of the school of medicine’s incoming class are residents of North Carolina. In fact, the school has not admitted an applicant that was out-of-state in the last 20 years.

Average GPA: 3.7/4.0
Mean MCAT: 29.5
Cost of Tuition: $14,576

#9 UT HSC San Antonio

The University of Texas – Health Science Center, located in San Antonio, Texas, is the 9th cheapest medical school in the country. The dean of the medical school explicitly states that the school possesses “a firm commitment to serve the communities within San Antonio and the surrounding region.”

Average GPA: 3.72/4.0
Mean MCAT: 31
Cost of Tuition: $14,500

#8 and #7 Texas Tech and Texas Tech-Foster

The 7th and 8th cheapest medical schools in the U.S. belong to Texas Tech University. Although Texas Tech University is a single entity, it is home to two different medical schools in two different locations – the HSC School of Medicine in Lubbock and the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso. In 2010, Texas Tech launched an initiative known as the Family Medicine Accelerated Track. The accelerated course structure allows medical students to graduate as an M.D. in only three years.

Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

Average GPA: 3.75/4.0
Mean MCAT: 30
Cost of Tuition: $14,050

HSC School of Medicine

Average GPA: 3.81/4.0
Mean MCAT: 31
Cost of Tuition: $14,050

#6 UT Houston

The University of Texas Medical School at Houston ranks 6th among the cheapest medical schools in the United States. UT Houston seeks to admit applicants with a high likelihood of practicing medicine in Texas. The medical school actually lists size and location of the applicant’s hometown, the applicant’s potential to practice in under-served areas or needed specialties, race and ethnicity, and linguistic abilities of the applicant required to practice in under-served areas as factors considered in the admissions process.

Average GPA: 3.85/4.0
Mean MCAT: 33
Cost of Tuition: $13,025

#5 Texas A & M

The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine is yet another one of the cheapest medical schools located in Texas. The medical school boasts 6 different programs that are distributed among 3 separate campuses across the state.

Average GPA: 3.75/4.0
Mean MCAT: 30
Cost of Tuition: $12,780

#4 Puerto Rico

The University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine is the 4th cheapest medical school in the U.S. Located in San Juan, the school of medicine sits just minutes from the island’s coast. According to the school’s admissions requirements, accepted applicants must be proficient in both Spanish and English. Applicants are also required to have coursework in both languages to meet the language requirements.

Average GPA: 3.8/4.0
Mean MCAT: 25
Cost of Tuition: $9,465

#3 Massachusetts

UMass School of Medicine is the only public medical school in Massachusetts. The University of Massachusetts School of Medicine is unique in that it offers undergraduate UMass students in its Medical Scholars Program to apply for provisional acceptance during their junior year. The Medical Scholars Program is limited to students who would generally be considered disadvantaged is some way, such as racially(under-represented in medicine) or economically.

Average GPA: 3.77/4.0
Mean MCAT: 33
Cost of Tuition: $8,352

#2 Baylor

Coming in at number 2, Baylor is the only private school among the 10 other cheapest medical schools. Baylor College of Medicine is arguably one of the most competitive medical schools in the United States. Although the student snapshot may seem impressive, Baylor boasts an approach to admissions in which diversity remains a priority.

Average GPA: 3.88/4.0
Mean MCAT: 35
Cost of Tuition: $6,550


#1 Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences

The F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine is the cheapest medical school in the United States. Funded entirely by the U.S. government, students of the Uniformed Services University pay absolutely no tuition or fees for attending this medical school. However, upon graduation, students agree to server the U.S. military as a physician for 7 years.

Average GPA: 3.61/4.0
Mean MCAT: 31
Cost of Tuition: $0

Summary

Although these schools represent only a minority of the medical schools across the U.S., they offer the lowest tuition rates in the country. Medical school applicants who do not live in Texas may be out of luck for most of these schools. According to state mandate, public medical schools in Texas are only allowed to accept 10% of its incoming class from out of state.

[Read more about In-State vs. Out-of-State Admissions.]




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