University of Dayton Joins Tuition Rewards Network of Private Colleges

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The University of Dayton (Dayton, OH) has 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. The University of Dayton is the 26th college to join Tuition Rewards in the past 12 months. 150,000+ students are enrolled in the SAGE Scholars-sponsored program, which helps private colleges recruit students

The University of Dayton, ranked among the nation's 10 best Catholic universities, is the newest Tuition Rewards member college.

More than 7,100 undergraduate students attend the University of Dayton. Students engage the world through more than 70 academic programs in arts and sciences, business administration, education and allied professions and engineering. The entrepreneurial program consistently ranks among the nation's 10 best.

The University of Dayton was recently ranked 13th in the nation for happiest students. Undergraduates can join more than180 clubs and organizations spanning all interests, including over 30 service clubs. 70% of students participate in a nationally-ranked intramural sports program. The Flyers compete in Athletic Ten Conference in all varsity sports except football; the Flyers, who play in the Pioneer Football League, were the NCAA Division I-AA consensus Mid-Major Football National Champion in 2002 and 2007.

Founded in 1850 and located on a sprawling 259-acre campus, the University is one of the nation's most affordable private Catholic schools. Students received over $50 million in scholarships and grants last year; top students can earn up to $110,000 in academic scholarships.

The Tuition Rewards network now has 236 member colleges, including 18 in the state of Ohio. Twenty-six colleges have joined in the past 12 months, expanding the program to 39 states, including the first members in Hawaii, Maine, Nevada and the state of Washington.

"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 member colleges. 30,351 students joined in 2008. 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 and The College Tuition Benefit. Students submitted Reward points valued at $7.67 million with 904 college applications in 2008.

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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