Saint Mary's College Joins Tuition Rewards Enrollment Marketing Consortium

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Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame, IN) has joined Tuition Rewards, a nationwide consortium of 217 private colleges & universities from SAGE Scholars that rewards families for saving for higher education with points that can be used to reduce tuition costs.

Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame, IN), home to 1,628 female undergraduate students from 42 states and 11 foreign countries, today became the 9th Indiana college to join Tuition Rewards, an enrollment marketing consortium of 217 U.S. private colleges and universities.

128,633 students are now enrolled in Tuition Rewards, which fosters a dynamic relationship among families, colleges and financial institutions. 27,000 students have already joined in 2008. When registered students attend one of the 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).

Sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, who founded the College in 1844, Saint Mary's is an academic community where women "develop their talents and prepare to make a difference in the world." Saint Mary's suburban campus includes 75 acres of rolling hills, manicured lawns and historic buildings, located on the banks of the St. Joseph River. More than 60 clubs and organizations are available on campus, including eight Division III athletic programs. Saint Mary's shares a unique arrangement with the University of Notre Dame, located across the street, which expands academic, social, and study abroad opportunities for students on each campus. More than 70 percent of Saint Mary's students volunteer in the local community. More than 50 percent study abroad, primarily in Australia, Austria, France, India, Ireland, Italy, South Africa and Spain.

The most popular of Saint Mary's 30 majors include nursing, business administration & management, elementary education and biology/pre-med. A joint major in engineering is available by taking classes at Notre Dame. The Saint Mary's faculty-to-student ratio is 1:11; a class size of 16 students is the average. Classes are taught by full professors, not teaching assistants.

Sixteen colleges & 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), Pacific Lutheran University (WA), 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 member colleges


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