Public Medical Schools With Low In-State Tuition In US

These schools all charged less than $23,000 for in-state tuition and fees for the 2018-19 academic year, per U.S. News data.

The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas.

Many prospective doctors take out enormous student loans to pay for medical school.

Among 2018 medical school graduates, the majority – 71% – had medical education debt, according to a fact card published by the Association of American Medical Colleges. In 2018, the median amount of medical school debt among newly minted doctors who borrowed was $194,000, the AAMC fact card shows.

One strategy for reducing costs is to attend an in-state public medical school.

Among the 73 ranked public schools in the U.S. News Best Medical Schoolsrankings that submitted this data, the average in-state tuition and fees during the 2018-19 academic year totaled $35,218. But the average price for out-of-state students among the 72 public schools that reported this amount was about $24,100 higher: $59,339. That average out-of-state cost at ranked public medical schools even surpassed the amount among ranked private schools, where the average tuition and fees were $57,506.

Meanwhile, the 10 public medical schools with the lowest in-state tuition and fees charged an average of $20,320. Eight of the 10 schools are located in Texas.

Below is a list of the  ranked public medical schools with the lowest in-state tuition and fees during the 2018-19 academic year. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
$18,808 IN-STATE TUITION AND FEES (2018-2019)
90 (tie) U.S. NEWS RESEARCH RANK
71 (tie) U.S. NEWS PRIMARY CARE RANK
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center—El Paso
$18,960 IN-STATE TUITION AND FEES (2018-2019)
93-120 U.S. NEWS RESEARCH RANK
88 (tie) U.S. NEWS PRIMARY CARE RANK
Texas A&M Health Science Center
$19,057 IN-STATE TUITION AND FEES (2018-2019)
83 U.S. NEWS RESEARCH RANK
88 (tie) U.S. NEWS PRIMARY CARE RANK
University of New Mexico
$19,456 IN-STATE TUITION AND FEES (2018-2019)
78 (tie) U.S. NEWS RESEARCH RANK
21 (tie) U.S. NEWS PRIMARY CARE RANK
University of North Texas Health Science Center
$19,524 IN-STATE TUITION AND FEES (2018-2019)
93-120 U.S. NEWS RESEARCH RANK
71 (tie) U.S. NEWS PRIMARY CARE RANK
University of Texas Health Science Center—San Antonio
$19,783 IN-STATE TUITION AND FEES (2018-2019)
60 (tie) U.S. NEWS RESEARCH RANK
74 (tie) U.S. NEWS PRIMARY CARE RANK
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
$21,034 IN-STATE TUITION AND FEES (2018-2019)
26 U.S. NEWS RESEARCH RANK
18 (tie) U.S. NEWS PRIMARY CARE RANK
University of Texas Medical Branch—Galveston
$21,730 IN-STATE TUITION AND FEES (2018-2019)
70 (tie) U.S. NEWS RESEARCH RANK
85 (tie) U.S. NEWS PRIMARY CARE RANK
University of Texas Health Science Center—Houston (McGovern)
$22,176 IN-STATE TUITION AND FEES (2018-2019)
52 (tie) U.S. NEWS RESEARCH RANK
67 (tie) U.S. NEWS PRIMARY CARE RANK
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
$22,672 IN-STATE TUITION AND FEES (2018-2019)
93-120 U.S. NEWS RESEARCH RANK
91-120 U.S. NEWS PRIMARY CARE RANK

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