John Carroll University Joins Tuition Rewards Enrollment Marketing Consortium

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John Carroll University (University Heights, OH) has joined Tuition Rewards, a nationwide consortium of 239 private colleges & universities that rewards families for saving for higher education with points that can be used to reduce tuition costs. JCU is the 41st college to join Tuition Rewards since March 2008. 150,000+ students are enrolled in the SAGE Scholars-sponsored program, which helps private colleges recruit students and encourages families to save for college.

John Carroll University (University Heights, OH), a Jesuit institution that inspires students to excel in learning, leadership and service, has joined the Tuition Rewards private college & university enrollment marketing consortium. The consortium now has 239 members, including 59 affiliates of the National Catholic College Admissions Association (NCCAA) and 19 Ohio colleges and universites.

Dedicated to the total development of the individual, John Carroll University offers an environment where every student feels welcomed and is challenged to find how his or her talents can lead to a more just world. Located in the suburban Cleveland, John Carroll is a leader among Midwest colleges for its retention rate and graduation rate, with 89% of incoming freshmen returning for their sophomore year and 64% completing their degrees within four years.

An overall 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio, with 85% of all classes taught with fewer than 30 students, ensures individual attention and student success. Psychology, communication and marketing are the most popular among a choice of nearly 40 majors. 98% of graduates are either working full-time or in graduate school within nine months of graduation.

One of 28 Jesuit U.S. universities, JCU welcomes students from different religious backgrounds and philosophies. Typically, more than 100 incoming freshmen move in early to participate in a voluntary community service project. The University offers its 3,000 full-time undergraduates a range of living accommodations on and near campus, a choice of nearly 100 campus organizations, including 21 varsity sports teams, and a newly renovated dining hall experience. The football team plays in the Don Shula Stadium, named for the JCU alumnus who holds multiple NFL coaching records, including the only undefeated championship season.

Forty-one colleges and universities have joined the Tuition Rewards consortium since March 2008, 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."

159,000+ 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. Students submitted Reward points valued at $7.67 million with 904 college applications in 2008. 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.

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. For a full list of participating colleges, visit http://www.tuitionrewards.com.

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