Pacific Lutheran University Joins Tuition Rewards Enrollment Marketing Consortium

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Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA) has joined Tuition Rewards, a nationwide consortium of 216 private colleges and universities from SAGE Scholars that rewards families for saving for higher education with points that can be used to reduce tuition costs. 126,958 students are now enrolled.

Dr. James B. Johnston, Chairman & CEO of SAGE Scholars, Inc., a consortium of 216 private colleges and universities, today announced that its Tuition Rewards enrollment marketing consortium has expanded to 36 states with the addition of its first college in the state of Washington, Pacific Lutheran University.

126,958 students are now enrolled in Tuition Rewards, which fosters a dynamic relationship among families, colleges and financial institutions. 23,100 students have already joined in 2008. When registered students attend one of the 216 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 Allstate, 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).

Founded in 1890, Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA) offers 3,350 undergraduates a unique blend of academically rigorous liberal arts and professional programs in preparation for a lifetime of success -- in both career and service to others. The university offers a full range of liberal arts academic programs -- including concentrations in psychology, history and the natural sciences -- with professional study in business, education, movement studies, nursing and social work. Master's degrees are offered five fields. The student-faculty ratio is 15-1.

PLU offers 55 clubs, 12 choral and instrumental music ensembles and 20 intercollegiate sports. Located on a picturesque, 126-acre campus, the university is committed to developing in all students an understanding of the intercultural and intellectual richness of the world. More than 40 percent of students spend time studying abroad. PLU is the only Northwest school to be listed consistently within the top 15 Western regional universities in the annual "America's Best Colleges" survey published by U.S. News & World Report.

Fifteen colleges and universities have joined Tuition Rewards in 2008. Other new members: Austin College (TX), Culver-Stockton College (MO), Emory & Henry College (VA), Fontbonne University (MO), Franklin College (IN), Hamline University (MN), Milsaps College (MS), The College of Wooster (OH), Trinity Christian College (IL), University of Cumberlands (KY), University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX), Wells College (NY), William Carey University (MS, LA) and York College of Pennsylvania.

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, University of Pennsylvania. SAGE's Tuition Reward plan is now the largest U.S. private college savings program -- based on the number of participating students and value of eligible assets. For a complete list of member colleges: Tuition Rewards participating colleges and universities

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