From what I've read, tuition of private medical schools is now upwards of $50,000 a year. I think that is insane.
When I started medical school at a state school, my tuition was about $10,000 a year. Very reasonable. I was almost able to pay it myself.
While I was in school, they decided they needed to raise tuition for state schools. Actually, to double it. They felt we weren't paying nearly enough. It had to do with earning revenue, although they probably would've earned more money from a $100 a year raise for college students than they did for doubling the tuition of a couple hundred medical students. Whatever money they made was peanuts compared to the enormous burden that it placed on individual students.
They didn't raise tuition for college students though. They didn't raise it for law students or graduate students. Only medical students.
There was some talk of raising it even further after I left, to maybe $30K. The exceptions would be:
--You get a (slightly) lower tuition if you stay in state
--You get a (slightly) lower tuition if you choose a primary care field
I'm not sure if this is fair. I guess that it's important to encourage people to go into primary care, but I also don't think it's fair to force medical students and residents to live in poverty. Many of us could have easily gone into investment banking or some other field where we could've gotten rich right off the bat. Why drain us dry preferentially over all other students?