New York Medical School Scraps Tuition Fees After $1 Billion Donation

All current fourth-year students will be reimbursed their spring 2024 semester fees.

New York:

A New York medical school will scrap tuition fees after receiving a “transformational gift” worth $1 billion from a wealthy benefactor, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s parent organization said in a statement.

The charitable donation is one of the largest ever publicly received by an educational institution in the United States and will see the almost $60,000 undiscounted annual tuition fee become zero.

The school, and its affiliated hospital the Montefiore Medical Center, are located in the Bronx — New York City’s poorest borough, where health outcomes are some of the worst in the state, according to official statistics.

A clip of the announcement being made on campus, posted to social media, showed an auditorium of students reacting rapturously, cheering, screaming and applauding.

“Albert Einstein College of Medicine has received a transformational gift from Ruth L. Gottesman, Ed.D., Chair of the Einstein Board of Trustees and Montefiore Health System board member,” the organization said in a statement late Monday. 

“This historic gift — the largest made to any medical school in the country — will ensure that no student at Einstein will have to pay tuition again.”

All current fourth-year students will be reimbursed their spring 2024 semester fees and from August all future students will receive free tuition, the statement added.

Gottesman, 93, is a former clinical professor of paediatrics at Einstein and the wife of David Gottesman, a former Wall Street financier. They were significant donors to the school during his lifetime.

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