Fontbonne, Hamline, Trinity Christian Join Tuition Rewards College Consortium

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Fontbonne University (St. Louis, MO), Hamline University (St. Paul, MN) and Trinity Christian College (Palos Heights, IL) have joined Tuition Rewards, a nationwide consortium of 214 private colleges & universities from SAGE Scholars that rewards families for saving for higher education with points that can be used for reduced tuition.

Dr. James B. Johnston, Chairman & CEO of SAGE Scholars, Inc., a consortium of 214 private colleges and universities in 35 states, today announced that three new schools - Fontbonne University (St. Louis, MO), Hamline University (St. Paul, MN) and Trinity Christian College (Palos Heights, IL) - have joined the Tuition Rewards enrollment marketing consortium.

122,764 students are now enrolled in Tuition Rewards, which fosters a dynamic relationship among families, colleges and financial institutions. 20,000 students have already joined in 2008. When registered students attend one of the 214 participating private four-year colleges, the family's accumulated Tuition Reward points may be redeemed as a "scholarship" - a non-need based grant or discount -- of up to one full year's tuition.

Families earn Tuition Rewards by saving for college with a variety of financial partners, including the Pennsylvania and Wisconsin state 529 college savings programs and firms such as Allianz, Allstate, ING, The College Tuition Benefit and Wells Fargo. Tuition Rewards is the largest U.S. private college savings program (based on participating students and the value of eligible assets).

Fontbonne University, established in 1923 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is the 8th Missouri private college to participate in Tuition Rewards. Fontbonne is close-knit campus community of some 3,000 students. Located in a tree-lined suburb in the heart of St. Louis, Fontbonne embraces diversity, inclusion, open communication and personal concern.

Fontbonne offers its 3,000 students 34 majors, 25 minors and 16 master's degree programs in a wide range of areas, including a nationally-known deaf education major. Fontbonne has a national reputation for services majors such as dietetics, special education and speech-language pathology. There are 414 full and part-time faculty members, with a 1:13 faculty-to-student ratio.

Hamline University (St. Paul, MN), which stresses social justice, civic responsibility, leadership and service, is the 6th Minnesota college or university to join Tuition Rewards. Ranked first in Minnesota among comprehensive master's universities by U.S. News & World Report, Hamline enrolls 1,902 undergraduates from 30 states and 31 nations.

Founded in 1854 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Hamline offers a choice of 37 majors and a median class size of 18; 94% of faculty members hold the highest degree in their field. Freshman seminars include such topics as the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, C.S. Lewis, Darwin and the Galapagos Islands, genetically-modified food and reincarnation. Hamline emphasizes the practical applications of a theory-based liberal arts education. Students participate in 70 clubs and organizations and 19 varsity sports.

Trinity Christian College is a four-year undergraduate liberal arts college located on 60 wooded acres approximately 30 minutes from downtown Chicago. With more than 30 majors -- including business, education, nursing and pre-professional programs --Trinity offers its 1,400 students a wireless campus and a variety of world-wide educational and service-learning opportunities.

Trinity Christian students can study abroad through a "Semester in Spain" program; supervised trips are offered to China, Jamaica, South Africa and elsewhere. 42% of students are from out-of-state; more than 90% of students receive financial aid. Courses are taught from a Christian perspective in small classes (1:13 faculty-to-student ratio) where students are challenged to grow intellectually and spiritually. Intercollegiate sports, student-run praise and worship and a wide variety of clubs and organizations are part of a diverse, supportive community where abiding friendships for life are forged.

About SAGE Scholars:
SAGE was founded in 1995 by Dr. James B. Johnston, former Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania. SAGE's Tuition Reward plan is now the largest private college savings program in the U.S. -- based on the number of participating students and the value of eligible assets.

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