Impact of high tuition on medical school applicants and enrollees

J Med Educ. 1981 Oct;56(10):795-802. doi: 10.1097/00001888-198110000-00001.


As direct federal support of medical education has been reduced, tuition at U.S. medical schools has increased. Concern has been expressed over a decline in the socioeconomic diversity and the academic qualifications of the applicants. Experience gained at Georgetown University School of Medicine, the medical school with the highest tuition in the United States, indicates that the academic and nonacademic characteristics of the entering class have remained stable over a seven-year period despite a fourfold increase in tuition. Virtually all (98 percent) enrolled students currently receive some form of financial aid, mostly in the form of federally insured loans or federal scholarships with a service commitment. Maintenance of socioeconomic diversity depends on the continued availability of federally supported student loans and scholarships.

MeSH terms

  • College Admission Test
  • District of Columbia
  • Fees and Charges
  • Schools, Medical / economics*
  • Students, Medical
  • Training Support