I was under the impression that Med schools don't give crap for financial aid. Thats why the choice between UMass and Harvard is a big decision for some students in MA. But of course, I really don't know to much since I am not to the level of applying yet.
wash u boasts about its students having less debt than other private schools but it gives out a lot of full rides. so most of the financial aid goes to select individuals. harvard doesnt give out much beyond the usual loans and a little bit of free money. most schools have something written about their financial aid on their websites or in the msar. it is a good indication of how the schools hand out money. key word: *generous*
CCLCM (Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine) at CWRU that is just starting this year plans on being extremely generous with its "needs-based" investigator-training grants. Depending on how much your parents/you make, you can get avg 25k/yr grant on a 55k price tag. They state that their goal is that no medical students enrolled at their school should have to take more than $17,500 - 25,000 a year in loans. So it's pretty cool.
Stanford's aid is entirely need-based, and if you're looking for generous, then you won't find too many places better than SMS. They start you off with a $10K unit loan, after which the grant-to-loan ratio is 60:40. There's a nifty little chart on their homepage (http://med.stanford.edu/md/financial_aid/index.html) that compares their aid with other private schools. The grants max out at $29K, after which there are definitely subsidized loans to cover the rest. There's also a middle income assistance program for families with incomes over $120K, where the university matches every dollar you pay with a grant dollar, up to $20K. In addition, the Med Scholars program offers $12K research grants (you can apply twice, as well as once for a $2500 traveling grant) and if you TA or RA, you can get up to $12K a quarter for a 100% TA- or RAship (I think pay rate is $56/hour). So even though the tuition and cost of living is a bit hefty, the average indebtedness of Stanford students is pretty low (less than $70K in 1999, as compared to over $100K at other private institutions). That makes it a really desirable option, especially for Oregonians like me, who face a state school that has $25K+ tuition rates!!
man!! baylor's out of state is cheaper than my state schools' in state!! this is why i have no qualms about attending a private school...i will be so profoundly in debt if i do go to a state school anyway (i figured i'd be about $160,000 in debt if i go to ohio state or cinci), so what's another $60,000 for a private education?