Messiah College, Lancaster Bible College Join Tuition Rewards Enrollment Marketing Consortium

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Messiah College (Grantham, PA) and Lancaster Bible College (Lancaster, PA) have joined Tuition Rewards, a nationwide consortium of 236 private colleges & universities that rewards families for saving for higher education with points that can be used to reduce tuition costs. Twenty-six colleges have joined Tuition Rewards in the past 12 months. 150,000+ students are enrolled in the SAGE Scholars-sponsored program, which helps private colleges recruit students.

Two well-known, values-based Central Pennsylvania colleges have joined the Tuition Rewards higher education enrollment marketing consortium. The addition of Messiah College (Grantham, PA) and Lancaster Bible College (Lancaster, PA) gives the SAGE Scholars-sponsored consortium 236 members, including 44 Pennsylvania schools.

Messiah College, a nationally-ranked private, residential Christian college with a socially, politically, and denominationally diverse student body, is home to 2,800 undergraduates. The College's faith base is broadly evangelical, including students from mainline denominations and a variety of Christian faith traditions. The 471-acre scenic campus is located 12 miles from the state capital, Harrisburg, and within easy access to Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Messiah offers more than 55 majors; several pre-professional programs; 22 highly competitive NCAA Division III athletics teams - several of which have won national championships; and an internship program that has become a national model. Messiah ranks 11th among the nation's colleges for the number of students studying abroad.

Messiah's 173 full-time faculty, each of whom sign a statement of faith as an indication of her or his commitment to the College's mission, hold degrees from 150 different graduate schools. The College teaches students to engage their Christian faith to build community; serve as agents for peace and reconciliation; and, champion the rights of the poor and dispossessed. Graduates exemplify service, leadership and reconciliation and are highly sought by employers.

Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School draws its 800+ students from 26 states and 27 countries. LBC is a non-denominational college, offering 26 undergraduate programs and 14 graduate programs, including pastoral studies, student ministries, counseling, education, missions, worship arts and sports management.

LBC offers both traditional and non-traditional programs, including the Degree Completion Program (DCP) and the Institute of Biblical Enrichment (IBE). Courses are conveniently offered on campus and online. For over 75 years, LBC has been dedicated to providing students with an intentional education experience that is biblical, transformational, experiential and missional.

"There's no downside for a college to join. 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."

150,000+ students are now enrolled in Tuition Rewards, which fosters a dynamic relationship among families, financial institutions and its 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, PFCU (Philadelphia), SEFCU (Albany, NY) and The College Tuition Benefit.

Students submitted Reward points valued at $7.67 million with 904 applications to member colleges in 2008. Twenty-six colleges have joined in the past 12 months, expanding the program to 39 states, including the first colleges in Hawaii, Maine, Nevada and the state of Washington

About SAGE Scholars:

Founded in 1995, SAGE markets its member colleges to the 150,000+ 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 private college savings program in the U.S. -- based on participating students and value of eligible assets.

For more information, contact Dr. James B. Johnston, 215-564-9930.


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