Nebraska Wesleyan University Joins Tuition Rewards Enrollment Marketing Consortium

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Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln, NE) has joined Tuition Rewards, a nationwide consortium of 231 private colleges & universities that rewards families for saving for higher education with points that can be used to reduce tuition costs. NWU is the 31st college to join Tuition Rewards in the past 14 months. 140,000+ students are enrolled in the SAGE Scholars-sponsored program, which helps private colleges recruit students.

Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln, NE), a top national producer of Fulbright scholars, has joined the Tuition Rewards college & university enrollment marketing consortium. NWU is a liberal arts university dedicated to academic excellence; 23 students have earned Fulbright Scholarships within the past 10 years.

Two-thirds of NWU students go on to graduate or professional school. In 2008, the university earned one of the nation's top awards for global emphasis in higher education, the Sen. Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. NWU was one of 15 colleges invited to participate in the inaugural U.S. Department of State Internship Fellows Program.

Approximately 1,500 undergraduate students enjoy a 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and a broad-based curriculum of 48 majors, 40 minors and 18 pre-professional programs. Graduate programs in forensic science, nursing and historical studies serve approximately 225 students.

Nebraska Wesleyan enjoys an award-winning Global Service Learning student organization, a vibrantly productive Theatre Department and nationally-recognized choirs. Students participate in 75 campus organizations and compete in 18 NCAA Division III sports. Sixty-six NWU athletes have been selected to 104 "Academic All-America" teams.

NWU is among seven colleges to join Tuition Rewards in 2009, along with Chaminade University of Honolulu, Eastern Mennonite University (VA), Lycoming College (PA), Ohio Northern University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) and Taylor University (IN).

"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."

144,415 students are now enrolled in Tuition Rewards, which fosters a dynamic relationship among families, financial institutions and its 231 member colleges. 31 colleges have joined in the past 14 months. 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, Monetta Funds, Mutual of Omaha, SEFCU (NY) and The College Tuition Benefit.

Nebraska Wesleyan is the 5th Nebraska school to join Tuition Rewards -- along with Creighton University, Hastings College, Midland Lutheran College and York College -- and 30th member affiliated with the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities (IAMSCU). 31 colleges have joined in the past 14 months.


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