Taylor University Joins Tuition Rewards College Enrollment Marketing Consortium

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Taylor University (Upland, IN) has joined Tuition Rewards, a nationwide consortium of 229 private colleges & universities that rewards families for saving for higher education with points that can be used to reduce tuition costs. Taylor is the 29th college to join Tuition Rewards in the past year. 140,000+ students are enrolled in the SAGE Scholars-sponsored program, which helps private colleges recruit students.

Taylor University, ranked 1st among 95 Midwest region baccalaureate colleges in America's Best Colleges 2009, published by U.S. News and World Report, is the newest member of the SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards program (http://www.tuitionrewards.com).

Taylor (Upland, IN) is a highly academic institution whose community members are expected to be relentless in their pursuit of knowing God, of a complete education, of knowing themselves and their calling. Taylor's commitment to intentional community, relentless discovery and global engagement help make it unique. Helping students to develop a global lens for understanding their world and their faith is the driven by individual and shared experiences, intentional relationships and the relentless pursuit of truth inside and outside the classroom.

Founded in 1846, Taylor University offers 116 undergraduate majors to its 1,871 students from 44 states & 31 foreign countries, with education and business among the most popular majors. Taylor offers international study programs in 32 countries. Taylor's 952-acre main campus is located 50 miles south of Fort Wayne and 70 miles north of Indianapolis.

Taylor is the 10th Indiana college to join, along with Bethel College, Franklin College, Manchester College, Marian College, Oakland City University, Saint Mary's University, Taylor University, Trine University, University of Evansville and Valparaiso University.

"There's no downside for a college. It doesn't cost a college anything and most will gain additional, well-qualified 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."

140,000+ students are now enrolled in Tuition Rewards, which fosters a dynamic relationship among families, financial institutions and its 229 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.

Taylor University is the 5th college to join Tuition Rewards in 2009, along with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY), Eastern Mennonite University (VA), Ohio Northern University and Lycoming College (PA).
Drexel University received the most Tuition Rewards submissions in 2008, with applications from 79 of our students; Duquesne University received 68 Tuition Reward submissions.

About SAGE Scholars:
Founded in 1995, SAGE markets its member colleges to the 140,000+ 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. 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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