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10 Least Expensive Private Medical Schools

The price tag at Baylor College of Medicine for the 2013-2014 school year is only about $31,000.

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The average tuition and required fees at these 10 private medical schools was $40,245 for the 2013-2014 school year.

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With high demand for doctors expected in the next 10 years, heading off to medical school can seem like a great investment.

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Yet the education can also take a significant financial toll. About 80 percent of private medical school students had debt of $100,000 or more after they graduated in 2013, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Fortunately some private medical schools have managed to keep tuition down, lessening the financial burden on future doctors.

[Learn how to pay for medical school.]

Baylor College of Medicine remained the cheapest private medical school, with out-of-state tuition and fees totaling $30,598 for the 2013-2014 school year. Baylor was one of 47 ranked private schools that reported tuition and fees data to U.S. News in the fall of 2013. At the top 10 private medical schools with the cheapest tuition and fees, those costs averaged $40,245.

Colorado's Rocky Vista University had the highest price tag on the top 10 list, charging students $46,922. The school is new to the list this year, as are the Morehouse School of Medicine and Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Below is a list of the 10 least expensive private medical schools based on tuition and required fees.

Medical school (name) (state) Tuition and fees (2013-2014) U.S. News research rank U.S. News primary care rank
Baylor College of Medicine (TX) $30,598 21 12
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (PA) $31,720 RNP* 51
University of Pikeville (KY) $38,950 RNP RNP
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Virginia and Carolinas $40,600 RNP RNP
Lincoln Memorial University (DeBusk) (TN) $41,155 RNP RNP
University of Miami (Miller) $42,172 46 RNP
Mayo Medical School (MN) $43,150 25 35
Morehouse School of Medicine (GA) $43,373 RNP 26
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (NY) $43,810 RNP RNP
Rocky Vista University (CO) $46,922 RNP RNP

Note: While Baylor College of Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine are private programs, these schools offer different rates for in-state and out-of-state students. The programs' in-state tuition rates are lower than the out-of-state rates provided in this article.

* RNP denotes an institution that is ranked in the bottom one-fourth of all medical and osteopathic schools. 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 information on tuition, complete rankings and much more. School officials can access historical data and rankings, including of peer institutions, via U.S. News Academic Insights.

U.S. News surveyed 153 medical schools for our 2013 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 U.S. News uses much of this survey data to rank schools for our annual Best Medical Schools rankings, the data can also be useful when examined on a smaller scale. U.S. News will now produce lists of data, separate from the overall rankings, meant to provide students and parents a means to find which schools excel, or have room to grow, in specific areas that are important to them. While the data comes from the schools themselves, these lists are not related to, and have no influence over, U.S. News's rankings of Best Colleges or Best Graduate Schools. The tuition data above are correct as of March 20, 2014.