Eckerd College Joins Tuition Rewards College Consortium

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Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, FL) has joined Tuition Rewards, a nationwide consortium of 218 private colleges & universities from SAGE Scholars that rewards families for saving for higher education with points that can be used to reduce tuition costs. Eckerd is the 17th college to join Tuition Rewards in 2008; more than 129,000 students are now enrolled.

Eckerd College, which attracts 1,817 students from 48 states and 33 countries to its scenic, 188-acre waterfront campus in St. Petersburg, has become the 4th Florida school to join Tuition Rewards, an enrollment marketing consortium of 218 U.S. private colleges and universities.

Against a backdrop of palm trees and blue water, Eckerd is a much-acclaimed educational innovator. PC Magazine and The Princeton Review named Eckerd #7 on its list of "Top 20 Wired Colleges for 2008." For the unusual quality of the freshman year experience, Eckerd has been rated as one of 13 "Institutions of Excellence in the First College Year." Eckerd is among just six Florida colleges offering a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. One of only 40 schools included in Loren Pope's book, "Colleges That Change Lives," Eckerd is the 13th "CTCL" school to be part of the Tuition Rewards consortium.

Eckerd students can choose among 40 different majors - including East Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, International Business, International Relations and Global Affairs, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Women's & Gender studies -- or design their own interdisciplinary concentrations. About 10% of students major in Marine Science - with concentrations in marine biology, marine chemistry, marine geology or marine geophysics. Annually, Eckerd students provide 55,000 hours of community service. Founded in 1958, Eckerd is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA).

More than 129,000 students are now enrolled in Tuition Rewards, which fosters a dynamic relationship among families, colleges and financial institutions. 26,900 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).

In 2008, 17 colleges & universities have joined Tuition Rewards. New members include 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), Saint Mary's College (IN), 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: http://www.tuitionrewards.com/index.cfm?meat=schools

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