The Wall Street Journal: Why NYU is making its medical school tuition-free

When Robert Grossman was named chief executive of NYU Langone Health and dean of New York University School of Medicine in 2007, he was already thinking about how to make tuition free for NYU’s medical students.

Dr. Grossman discussed the possibility with Home Depot Inc. co-founder Kenneth Langone, the longtime chairman of the medical center’s board of trustees. Mr. Langone got on board with the idea right away and began to recruit other donors, Dr. Grossman says.

Just over 11 years later, the two made a stunning announcement at the white-coat ceremony for the incoming class of 2022, a tradition where new medical students receive a white coat to mark the start of their training.

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