Cardinal Stritch U., Eastern Mennonite U. and Ohio Northern U. Join Tuition Rewards College Enrollment Marketing Consortium

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Tuition Rewards, a nationwide consortium of 228 private colleges & universities that rewards families for saving for higher education with points that can be used to reduce tuition costs, announces new college members in Wisconsin, Virginia & Ohio. 27 colleges have joined Tuition Rewards in the past 10 months. 136,000+ students are enrolled in the SAGE Scholars-sponsored program, which also helps member colleges recruit students.

Tuition Rewards, a private college & university marketing consortium that helps families save for and pay less for a private college education, announced that three universities have joined its consortium: Twenty-seven schools have joined in the past 10 months.

  • Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee, WI), the second largest private university in the state of Wisconsin, with 3,100 undergraduate and 3,800 graduate students.
  • Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA), located in the scenic Shenandoah Valley, a four-year liberal arts university rooted in the peace tradition of the Mennonite faith.
  • Ohio Northern University (Ada, OH), ranked No. 2 among more than 300 Midwest baccalaureate colleges in America's Best Colleges 2009 from U.S. News & World Report.

"There's no downside for a college. It doesn't cost a college anything, and the college might gain some additional students," declared Dr. James B. Johnston, chairman and CEO of SAGE Scholars. "The short-term enrollment consequences of the current economic malaise demand creative and aggressive marketing strategies, and our Tuition Rewards Consortium is just that. An almost perfect storm of economic turmoil and unfavorable demographic trends make participation in the Tuition Rewards Consortium more important than ever."

136,000+ students are now enrolled in Tuition Rewards, which fosters a dynamic relationship among families, financial institutions and its 228 member colleges. 30,351 students joined in 2008, more than double the 2007 total (14,571). When registered students attend a participating private college, the family's accumulated Tuition Reward points may be redeemed as a "scholarship" - a non-need based grant or discount - capped at one full year's tuition spread over four years.

Families earn Tuition Rewards by saving for college with a variety of financial partners, including the Pennsylvania and Wisconsin state 529 college savings programs, First Midwest Bank, Mutual of Omaha, SEFCU (NY) and The College Tuition Benefit.

Cardinal Stritch University was founded in 1937 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi and stresses the principles of caring community, compassion and peacemaking. Stritch offers 60 fields of study, with schools of business & management, education, liberal arts and nursing.
CSU is proud to have been named Wisconsin's first "All-Steinway School" by Steinway & Sons. The undergraduate population is 25% minority. The Cardinal Stritch Wolves are a traditional power in NCAA Division II men's and women's basketball. The school operates multiple branch campuses where working adults can earn degrees.

Eastern Mennonite University prepares students to serve and lead in a global context, providing cross-cultural study, a supportive Christian community and a focus on service to others. 97% of EMU students are working or studying in their chosen field within one year of graduation. 90% of its pre-med grads are accepted into medical school, well above the national average (47%). EMU's nursing, teaching and other professional placement rates are equally impressive. Full Ph.D.-level professors not only teach classes (11:1 student/teacher ratio), but they open their offices and homes to students, whom they get to know on a first-name basis.

Ohio Northern University offers more than 70 top-notch academic programs, combining liberal arts and professional programs to 3,401 undergraduates. ONU's College of Business Administration is internationally accredited and the Colleges of Engineering and Pharmacy are nationally ranked. Founded in 1871, ONU offers the advantages of a larger research university with the personalized attention found at a smaller college. Students discover abundant opportunities; find support for turning their passions into pathways, and make lifelong connections to ensure successful futures. The average GPA of the entering class is a 3.64/4.00, with 40% of freshmen in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

About SAGE Scholars:
SAGE markets its member colleges to the 136,000+ enrolled students and their families via its website, email and a weekly e-newsletter. Member colleges may contact students once they reach 9th grade at no charge. 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. Tuition Rewards is now the largest U.S. private college savings program -- based on participating students and value of eligible assets. For more information, contact Dr. James Johnston, 215-564-9930.


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