Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) December 12, 2008
Quincy University (Quincy, IL), a dynamic community of 1,300 students located within walking distance of the Mississippi River's scenic bluffs, is the newest member of the SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards college & university enrollment marketing consortium. Quincy is the 23rd college to join Tuition Rewards in 2008.
"The short-term enrollment consequences of the current economic malaise demand creative and aggressive marketing strategies, and our Tuition Rewards Consortium is just that," declared Dr. James B. Johnston, chairman and CEO of SAGE Scholars. "An almost perfect storm of economic turmoil and unfavorable demographic trends make participation in the Tuition Rewards Consortium more important than ever. There's no downside for a college. It doesn't cost a college anything, and the college might gain some additional students."
130,000+ students are now enrolled in Tuition Rewards, which fosters a dynamic relationship among families, colleges and financial institutions. 29,000+ students have 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 spread over four years.
110 enrolled high school seniors submitted Tuition Rewards and applications to 50 member colleges during the first week of December -- a one-week record for the program.
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, First Midwest Bank, Monetta Funds, and The College Tuition Benefit. Tuition Rewards is now the largest U.S. private college savings program (based on participating students and the value of eligible assets).
Quincy University offers 30 undergraduate majors and four graduate programs. Unique majors such as Aviation, Communication and Music Production and Sign Language Interpreter Training add to a wide array of opportunities. Quincy does not use teaching assistants. A 13:1 student/faculty ratio ensures quality attention from professors. Small classes, close student/faculty relationships and extensive internships prepare students for their chosen fields.
QU offers approximately 90 semester-long programs in 29 different countries, including long-standing relationships with Loyola University Rome Center and Regent's College in London; approximately 15 summer programs; and, three short-term faculty-led programs, including the Assisi experience, the Ecology of the Galapagos and the Foundations of English Common Law.
Founded in 1860 by Franciscan Friars, QU's heritage of respect for all individuals and their unique gifts is the heart of University life. Numerous opportunities for leadership and service outside the classroom encourage students to take an active role in society. NCAA Division II sports, intramurals, a state of the art health & fitness center, and 40+ campus organizations are part of an active campus. QU has a reputation as one of the most affordable private colleges in the Midwest.
Quincy is the 15th member from the state of Illinois to join Tuition Rewards, following DePaul University, Dominican University, Greenville College, Judson University, Lake Forest College, Lewis University, Lincoln College, McKendree University, Millikin University, Robert Morris College, Rockford College, St. Xavier University, Trinity Christian College and University of St. Francis.
QU is the 56th Catholic college to join Tuition Rewards.
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. Member colleges are marketed to the 130,000+ enrolled students and their families via website, email and a weekly e-newsletter. For more information, contact Dr. James Johnston, 215-564-9930.