Southern Vermont College Joins Tuition Rewards Enrollment Marketing Consortium

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Southern Vermont College (Bennington, VT) has joined Tuition Rewards, a nationwide consortium of 233 private colleges & universities that rewards families for saving for higher education with points that can be used to reduce tuition costs. SVC is the 33rd college to join Tuition Rewards in the past 14 months. 145,000+ students are enrolled in the SAGE Scholars-sponsored program, which helps private colleges recruit students.

Southern Vermont College (Bennington, VT), a private, liberal arts college that offers its 500 students a transformative living and learning experience, has joined the Tuition Rewards college & university enrollment marketing consortium.

SVC's "Affordable Excellence" is 21 career-enhancing programs of study. It is faculty committed to student success -- and who put teaching and advising first. It is a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1, allowing for smaller classes -- an average 16 per class. It is a vibrant and active community beyond the classroom, with Division III sports, clubs and organizations, community service, student government and an array of special programming.

SVC Affordable Excellence is all of this and more at a cost comparable to many state institutions. For 2009-2010, SVC's total cost of tuition, room and board is just $27,520.

SVC's student body is diverse, hailing from 20 states and six countries. Approximately 17% of students identify as belonging to a non-majority racial or ethnic group. The most popular majors are business (5 different majors, including a new program in entrepreneurship), nursing, criminal justice, radiologic technology and psychology. 82% of our graduates have job or graduate school placements one year after graduation.

Southern Vermont College is among nine colleges to join Tuition Rewards in 2009, along with Chaminade University of Honolulu, Eastern Mennonite University (VA), Illinois Institute of Technology, Lycoming College (PA), Nebraska Wesleyan University, Ohio Northern University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) and Taylor University (IN). 33 colleges have joined in the past 14 months.

"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."

145,000+ students are now enrolled in Tuition Rewards, which fosters a dynamic relationship among families, financial institutions and its 233 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, Monetta Funds, Mutual of Omaha, SEFCU (NY) and The College Tuition Benefit.

Southern Vermont College is the 2nd Vermont school to join Tuition Rewards, following Green Mountain College. Nine Massachusetts private colleges participate. Students submitted Reward points valued at $7.67 million to member colleges in 2008.

About SAGE Scholars:
Founded in 1995, SAGE markets its member colleges to the 145,000+ 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 Robert Savett, 215-564-9930.


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