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10 Most Expensive Public Medical Schools for Out-of-State Students

Out-of-state medical students at these public schools can expect to pay at least $60,000 each year.

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Nonresident, first year students at public medical schools can expect to pay the most on average for their M.D., according to a recent report from the Association of American Medical Colleges that surveyed 77 public and 53 private schools. Nonresident, first year students paid an average of $48,661 for tuition, fees, and health insurance in 2010-2011, the report states, compared to the $45,938 that out-of-state students at private medical schools had to spend. In the previous year, nonresident students at public schools also paid more than their counterparts at private schools: $45,786 compared to $44,386, on average.

A shift occurred in the median amount paid by first year, nonresident students at private and public medical schools, according to the study. In 2009-2010, the median amount paid by a student at a private school was $46,202, while the median at a public school was $45,935. In 2010-2011, however, the median at public schools—$49,552—had overtaken the median at private schools, $47,634.

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Whichever statistic is weighed more heavily, it's clear that nonresident medical students aren't benefiting from any kind of tuition break at public schools. In fact, out-of-state first year students at 68 of the 69 public medical schools that reported out-of-state tuition data to U.S. News paid an average of $47,686 in tuition and fees. The other school, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Hebert), reported its students pay neither tuition nor fees in exchange for military service.

The average cost of tuition at the 69 schools was $43,460, or $44,100 excluding Uniformed Services University. Although five University of California schools—at Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles (Geffen), San Diego, and San Francisco—cost only $12,245 each in tuition, they had the highest fees, which ranged from $29,989 (San Diego) to $34,321 (Davis).

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Medical schools that were designated by U.S. News as Unranked were not considered for this report. U.S. News did not calculate a numerical ranking for Unranked programs because the program did not meet certain criteria that U.S. News requires to be numerically ranked.

Below is a table of the 10 most expensive public medical schools for first year, out-of-state students, based on tuition and required fees. The cost does not include room and board, books, and other miscellaneous costs:

Public medical school (state) Out-of-state tuition & fees (2010-11) U.S. News research rank U.S. News primary care rank
Michigan State University (College of Osteopathic Medicine) $73,799 RNP* 14
University of Illinois $72,150 56 92
University of South Carolina $68,212 91 73
Florida State University $63,573 RNP RNP
Medical University of South Carolina $62,735 60 58
University of Nebraska Medical Center $62,701 66 7
Michigan State University (College of Human Medicine) $61,499 87 37
University of Alabama—Birmingham $61,296 30 10
Wayne State University (MI) $61,200 78 RNP
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine $60,955 RNP 82

*RNP denotes an institution that is ranked in the bottom one fourth of its ranking category. U.S. News calculates a rank for the school but has decided not to publish it.

Don't see your school in the top 10? Access the U.S. News Medical School Compass to find tuition data, residency statistics, and much more.

U.S. News surveyed more than 140 medical schools for our 2010 survey of research and primary care programs. Schools self-reported a myriad of data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas, making U.S. News's data the most accurate and detailed collection of college facts and figures of its kind. While the data comes from the schools themselves, these lists have no influence over U.S. News's rankings of Best Colleges or Best Graduate Schools.