Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) July 25, 2015
Grand View University, which hosts 2,200 students in the heart of the vibrant city of Des Moines, has become the 8th Iowa member of the SAGE Scholars Private College & University Enrollment Consortium.
Iowa's other SAGE consortium members are Briar Cliff University, Coe College, Cornell College, Iowa Wesleyan College, Loras College, Morningside College and the University of Dubuque.
With a population that exceeds half a million residents, Des Moines offers Grand View students strong internships and all the amenities of city life. GV students choose from 40 undergraduate majors. With an average class size of 17 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1, GV professors create strong relationships with students and provide personal attention. GV students participate in 24 varsity sports – including national championship teams in football and wrestling – and live in some of newest residential facilities at any college in the state.
Grand View is among the Midwest's most affordable universities. After grants and scholarships, 77% of 2014 full-time, residential GV freshmen paid tuition, fees and room & board that were comparable to or less than the published in-state prices at Iowa’s public universities. The average financial assistance package for new, first-year GV students exceeds $22,800.
Grand View’s whole-degree planning and financing plan helps students reduce costs further, borrow less and stay on track to graduate in four years. Founded in 1896 by members of the Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Grand View welcomes students of all faiths.
SAGE strongly promotes its 344 member colleges to participating students. SAGE's high school class of 2015 submitted Tuition Rewards® points valued at $45.1 million with applications to consortium colleges (25% increase). (1 point = $1.00)
Drexel University (248 rewards statements, correlated with applications) was the most popular college. Regional leaders included DePaul University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Dayton, University of San Diego, University of Tampa, Valparaiso University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Rewards points are similar to frequent flyer miles and are submitted at time of application.
The SAGE program encourages families to save for college. Financial organizations (529 Plans, banks, credit unions, employers, insurance firms, mutual funds, etc.) use Tuition Rewards as a value-added benefit, enabling clients and employees to earn rewards points that students can redeem for guaranteed minimum scholarships – tuition discounts – at member colleges. Participation in Tuition Rewards is free to colleges and to families.
Member colleges benefit by free marketing access to participating students (once they reach 9th grade). Colleges find the demographics attractive – families who have expressed interest in private higher education. Students typically are well-qualified academically and financially. Colleges absorb the scholarships, which are capped at one full year’s tuition (spread evenly over four years) and can be included with other aid, as a marketing cost to effectively reach out to a wider audience than an individual college could on its own.
25,000 new students have enrolled in Tuition Rewards already in 2015.
"SAGE Scholars has proven to be an effective way to promote the affordability of private colleges,” declared Dr. Allen P. Splete, former President of the Council of Independent Colleges and a member of the SAGE Board of Directors and its Advisory Council.