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School of Medicine

Tuition and Fee Assessment

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Traditional School of Medicine Students

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All Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) medical students are required to pay tuition and fees for every academic term in which they are a matriculated student unless they are on an approved LOA.  

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Medical Research Pathway Students

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The five-year Medical Research Pathway (MRP) is a program designed for medical students desiring increased exposure to either basic or clinical research. The student will spend a full year conducting either basic or clinical research. There are two entry points into this program either January of the second year or January of the third year of medical school. Students are charged as Traditional Students for every year except the MRP research year. During the research year, MRP students are paid a stipend and receive a scholarship covering tuition, but they are responsible for all other fees and charges.  MRP students are not eligible to receive Financial Aid during the research year.

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Medical Scientist Training Program M.D./Ph.D. Students

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Students pursuing the M.D./Ph.D. program as part of the NIH-funded Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) typically complete the three semesters of the foundational sciences curriculum and one semester of the clinical curriculum before starting the Ph.D. portion of the MSTP in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. After completing the Ph.D., MSTP students return to medical school, for two to three additional semesters.  MSTP students are charged medical school tuition and fees only for the semesters they are registered for medical school courses. 

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Baylor College of Medicine/ Rice University M.D./M.B.A. Students

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The M.B.A. program is a three-semester program, and students typically complete this dual-degree program with Rice University in five years. Students typically begin the M.B.A. program between the third and fourth year of medical school but are rarely allowed to complete the program between the second and third year of medical school. Students are charged regular School of Medicine (SOM) tuition and fees for all semesters leading up to the semester in which they matriculate at Rice University for the M.B.A. Even when enrolled at Rice University, M.D./M.B.A. students maintain less-than-half-time enrollment status at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). Therefore, students are charged by BCM while they are at Rice according to a modified tuition and fees schedule:

Fall (semester student matriculates at Rice) – billed July 1: 
Tuition: No tuition is charged
Fees:

  • Annual Long-Term Disability Insurance 
  • Yearbook Fee
  • Student Services Fee
  • Malpractice Insurance
  • Health Insurance (6 months, unless waiver is approved)

Spring – billed January 1:
Tuition: No tuition is charged
Fees:

  • Malpractice Insurance
  • Student Services Fee
  • Health Insurance (6 months, unless waiver is approved)

Fall – billed July 1: 
Tuition: Texas Residents will be charged $1,500 and non-residents will be charged $3,500. 
Fees:

  • Annual Long-Term Disability Insurance 
  • Yearbook Fee
  • Student Services Fee
  • Malpractice Insurance
  • Health Insurance (6 months, unless waiver is approved)

Students return to BCM in the Spring.  Standard SOM tuition and fees apply for all semesters of enrollment after the M.B.A. is complete. See diagram for approximate attendance dates at both schools.

Rice University tuition and fees must be paid directly to that institution. Students should consult with the dual-degree Program Director for more information.

See Joint M.D./M.B.A. Degree Program diagram for approximate attendance dates at both schools.
 

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M.D./M.P.H Students

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Students in the dual degree M.D./M.P.H. program with the UTHealth - University of Texas Health Sciences Center-Houston School of Public Health (UTSPH) typically begin their year at UTSPH in either May of the third year or September following the third year of medical school. 

Due to differences between the BCM and UTSPH academic calendars, there may be a 1-to-2 month gap between the end of the student’s MS3 year and the beginning of the M.P.H. program, and/or between the conclusion of the M.P.H. program and the beginning of BCM’s Fall term. During these periods, M.D./M.P.H. students may either: 
A)    Register for the USMLE Preparation Course (see below) and be billed accordingly.  OR
B)    Be billed standard medical student tuition and fees, subject to the institutional refund and LOA return policies. This option allows students to do clinical rotations during this time.

See Joint M.D./M.P.H. Degree Program diagram for approximate attendance dates at both schools.
 

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Dual-Degree Students Taking the USMLE

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The USMLE Preparation Course is offered at the end of the Spring and at the beginning of the Fall. Students are not permitted to do clinical rotations while enrolled in the USMLE Preparation Course.

Students enrolled in the USMLE Preparation Course will be charged tuition of $125 per month and long-term disability insurance. In addition, they will be billed malpractice and health insurance for the months of enrollment in the USMLE Preparation Course. 

Students may enroll in the USMLE Preparation Course for one or two months according to these guidelines: 

  • Spring - Students may register for the months of both May and June OR the month of June only
  • Fall - Students may register for the months of both July and August OR the month of July only.
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All School of Medicine Students

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Repeating or Extending SOM Coursework: Medical students who either repeat coursework or otherwise extend their enrollment beyond the traditional four-year length of the SOM program will be charged tuition and fees for each additional semester of enrollment. Title IV Federal financial aid recipients who meet degree requirements prior to the end of the semester will be subject to the Return of Title IV Funds Policy. All other students will be subject to the Institution's Refund and Repayment Policy.

Returning from Leave of Absence Mid-Semester: Students who return from an approved leave of absence mid semester will be charged the full cost of fees for the semester, plus tuition for the number of months remaining in the semester. A month's tuition charges will be assessed if the student returns to enrollment prior to the sixteenth of the month.  Health Insurance will be billed for all remaining months of the semester, including the month in which the student returns from leave, unless the Benefits Office has approved a health insurance waiver. Note that Graduation Fees are only charged once for each BCM program the student completes.

Taking a Leave of Absence Mid-Semester: Students who take a leave of absence after the start of the semester will have their tuition refunded according to the following schedule:

  Tuition Percent Refunded
Leaves prior to the first day of classes or never attends classes 100%
Date of last attendance is during the first three weeks of classes 90%
Date of last attendance is during the fourth week of classes 80%
Date of last attendance is during the fifth week of classes 70%
Date of last attendance is during the sixth week of classes 60%
Date of last attendance is during the seventh week of classes 50%
Date of last attendance is during the eight through thirteenth week of classes 25%
Date of last attendance is after the thirteenth week of classes No refund


Fees are not refunded if the student begins Leave of Absence on or after the first day of classes.  Full payment for the student’s account balance must be received before the student starts his or her leave of absence.

Student Account Services will refund health insurance to the student for all remaining full months of the semester.  Students may remain on the student health insurance plan while on leave and should contact the BCM Benefits Office (Baylor login required) for more information. Students who remain on the plan must remit payment directly to the Benefits Office for the months they are on Leave of Absence.  

Separation from BCM Prior to Graduation: Individuals who withdraw, are dismissed, or otherwise terminate their student status at BCM prior to graduation must clear their BCM student account prior to obtaining a signature of clearance from the Student Account Services Office. If a department or office has advised the student that it is paying certain fees, the student is responsible for obtaining a charge source from that department or office before the clearance form will be signed by the Student Account Services Office.

When a student is clearing his or her balance upon checkout, the student must pay any account balance using a secured method of payment, such as a cashier’s check, money order, or credit card. Student Account Services does not accept checks from students as final payment for clearing a balance when separating from BCM. Payment must be made prior to the date the student ceases enrollment.

Timing of Billing Statement: Tuition and fees for all students are billed twice a year. A billing statement will be available on the Student Portal following each billing cycle. Partial tuition and fees for the academic year are billed in July or August for the Fall semester and the balance is billed in January for the Spring semester. Tuition and fee payments are due in-full on Sept. 1 for Fall and Feb. 1 for Spring following each billing cycle. Students may pay online via the Student Portal, by mail, or in person at the Cashier’s Window in Main Baylor at T-140.  Click here for the full list of available payment options. A $50 late payment fee and an Academic Hold will be added to a student’s account if he or she fails to pay all tuition and fees by the respective due date.

Failure of Timely Payment: 

Academic Holds: Students and former students who have not paid their tuition and fees when due will have a "Hold" placed on their academic records. Verification of attendance, transcripts, diplomas and/or other information in the student's file will not be released until the Academic Hold is removed. In addition, current students who are delinquent in meeting their financial obligations to the College will not be allowed to transfer credits to another school or to graduate from the College until the Academic Hold is removed. 

Registration Holds: Current students whose accounts have a balance exceeding $200 that is over 120 days delinquent will not be permitted to register for courses until their balance is settled or payment arrangements have been made with the Office of Student Account Services.

Financial Responsibilities, Financial Aid Eligibility, and Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements for Students (Baylor login required)

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Student Account Services

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Phone: (713) 798-4322
Email: SAS@bcm.edu
Location by appointment:
O'Quinn Medical Tower,
6624 Fannin,
St. 20th Floor
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

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Student Handbook

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Contact Information

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General contacts, office numbers, foundational sciences and clinical academic numbers.