University of San Diego, Susquehanna University, North Central College & Calumet College of St. Joseph Join Tuition Rewards College Enrollment Consortium

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Four new colleges -- from California to Pennsylvania -- have joined Tuition Rewards, an expanding national consortium of 245 private colleges & universities that rewards families for saving for higher education with points that can be used to reduce tuition costs. 160,000+ students are now enrolled in the SAGE Scholars-sponsored program, which encourages families to save for college and enables member colleges to market to participating students.

From the West Coast to the East Coast, from Catholic to Methodist to Lutheran, colleges and universities of all denominations and locations are joining the SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards college consortium at a record pace!

And why not? There's no cost to join, and member colleges have access to an ever-expanding database of 166,000+ students. In the past two years, participating students have submitted Reward Points valued at $16.2 million with applications to participating member colleges.

New members in the past three weeks include Calumet College of St. Joseph (IN), North Central College (IL), Susquehanna University (PA) and the University of San Diego, enlarging the Tuition Rewards private college & university enrollment marketing consortium to 245 members.

"In these difficult economic times, colleges recognize that our Tuition Rewards program uniquely identifies families willing to make the financial commitment necessary to provide their children with a quality private college education," explained Dr. James B. Johnston, chairman and CEO of SAGE Scholars. "We provide good value for colleges and for families. There's no downside for a college to join. It doesn't cost a college anything, and most will gain additional, well-qualified students. The 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."

The University of San Diego, located in a spectacular setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Mission Bay and San Diego Harbor, is the 61st Catholic college to join Tuition Rewards. Situated on a 180-acre campus known for its stunning 16th century Spanish Renaissance architectural style, USD is the 6th participating California school.

The University of San Diego is a community of scholars committed to sharing ideas and values from many different traditions. Competence, attention to values, professional responsibility, international sensitivity and voluntary civic action are the outcomes that USD strives to inculcate. The community and culture of San Diego surrounds and enlivens the USD experience, and its size -- about 5,100 undergraduates -- allows for small classes and individual attention. Students work side-by-side with faculty in the classroom and on special projects, research and internships.

The University of San Diego has experienced dramatic growth since its 1949 founding. USD sees education and life as a holistic experience. Every academic, service and recreational program is intended to help students discover potentials and interests to lead to a richer and fuller life. Students can participate in 80 campus organizations and 17 NCAA Division 1 athletic teams. Not far from beaches, mountains and desert, USD is a 15-minute drive from downtown San Diego.

Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, PA) is the 47th Pennsylvania member of Tuition Rewards.    Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study-away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna education.

Susquehanna's 2,100 students hail from 36 states and 13 countries; Susquehanna is small enough to be academically flexible yet large enough to offer a wide variety of choices -- more than 50 majors, 45 minors, 850 courses, a challenging honors program and one of the Northeast's most comprehensive music programs. Students can participate in more than 100 student organizations as well as 23 intercollegiate sports.

Founded as Lutheran college, Susquehanna welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs while expressing its heritage through the free and open exploration of ideas, commitment to service and development of individual talents. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River, about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers.

North Central College (Naperville, IL) is a highly selective, comprehensive liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The 59-acre campus is located in the city of Naperville's beautiful residential Historic District, surrounded by the high-technology Illinois Research and Development Corridor, just 28 miles from downtown Chicago.

Founded in 1861, North Central offers its 2,300 students 55 majors, numerous interdisciplinary programs, independent study and research opportunities, off-campus internships and multiple study-abroad opportunities. Students hail from 31 states and 23 foreign countries, with a 13% minority enrollment. More than 90% of first-year undergraduates receive financial assistance.

Students can participate in nearly 60 clubs; the student organizations have garnered national recognition for forensics and Mock Trial teams, Model United Nations delegations as well as entrepreneurship, campus ministry and alcohol awareness programs. WONC-FM 89.1 is one of the nation's most honored campus radio stations. Student-athletes compete in 22 intercollegiate sports. With the 2008 opening of the 605-seat Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center, music and theatre students have access to state-of-the-art facilities with world-class acoustics.

Calumet College of St. Joseph (Whiting, IN), located within commuting distance of Chicago, offers a wide range of academic programs and class schedules, a growing athletic program, affordable tuition and a mission rooted in ethics and social justice. CCSJ provides access and opportunity to students seeking success.

CCSJ is a private, Catholic, four-year institution offering career-oriented and liberal arts academic programs. Founded by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, the College is proud of being noted by U.S. News and World Report as "a leader in diversity among Midwest colleges." CCSJ offers 19 men's and women's athletic teams.

Calumet College of St. Joseph has the lowest tuition among Indiana's private bachelor degree-granting institutions and is committed to making college possible both for students attending directly out of high school and for working adults. CCSJ is determined to provide assistance to any qualifying student unable to pay the full cost of a college education.

47 new colleges have joined Tuition Rewards since March 2008, expanding the program to 39 states, including the first members in Hawaii, Maine, Nevada and the state of Washington. 166,000+ students are now enrolled in Tuition Rewards, which fosters a dynamic relationship among families, financial institutions and member colleges. 57,097 students joined in 2008-09. When registered students attend a participating private college, the family's accumulated Tuition Reward points are redeemed as a "scholarship" - a non-need based grant or discount - capped at one full year's tuition spread over four years.

About SAGE Scholars:
Founded in 1995, SAGE Scholars promotes private higher education and its member colleges to the 160,000+ 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 nation's largest private college savings program based on participating students and value of eligible assets. Families earn Tuition Rewards by saving for college with a variety of financial partners, including the Pennsylvania & Wisconsin 529 college savings programs, The College Tuition Benefit, First Midwest Bank and other banks, credit unions and national marketing organizations. For more information, contact Dr. James B. Johnston, 215-564-9930.

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