Roanoke College & Virginia Wesleyan College Join SAGE Tuition Rewards® Enrollment Consortium

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Roanoke College and Virginia Wesleyan College have joined Tuition Rewards®, a unique program, sponsored by SAGE Scholars. Families earn rewards points that can be used to reduce tuition costs at a nationwide enrollment consortium of more than 340 participating private colleges and universities in 45 states.

Roanoke College and Virginia Wesleyan College are among the newest members of the SAGE Scholars Private College & University Enrollment Marketing Consortium. Both colleges are ranked among America's best colleges by The Princeton Review. 11 Virginia independent colleges now participate in the SAGE consortium, which strongly promotes its 344 member colleges to the 250,000+ participating students.

Roanoke, dedicated to helping students find their passion since 1842, offers its 2,000 undergraduates a beautiful, energetic setting in Salem, VA, in front of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains and 10 miles from the Appalachian Trail.

Combining firsthand learning with valuable personal connections, Roanoke believes classic experience is the best way to teach students the skills needed for tomorrow's challenges. Roanoke offers a 13:1 student-faculty ratio; the average class size is 18. Students have a choice of 36 majors, with 57 minors and concentrations.

Strong on-campus personal connections are the norm at Roanoke. Students receive an individualized education from faculty who inspire students to exceed even their own expectations. Learning firsthand gives students relevant experience before they graduate through Internships, study abroad, community service, performances, research or in class. Roanoke offers 100+ clubs and organizations, 19 varsity teams and 18 club teams. 66% of students enjoy a leadership role. Roanoke is the 17th Lutheran-affiliated college to participate in Tuition Rewards.

Virginia Wesleyan, with approximately 1,400 students and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, empowers students to become active learners and engaged citizens. Students receive personal attention from passionate professors who love to teach. VWC offers 33 majors, 30 minors and seven pre-professional programs with everything from classics to chemistry and history to recreation and leisure studies. There's even the unique option to design your own major.

Virginia Wesleyan’s 300-acre picturesque campus is on the border of Virginia Beach and Norfolk, ideally positioned in a metropolitan area brimming with opportunities for internships, employment and social and recreational activities.

A member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, VWC's NCAA Division III athletics program features nationally-ranked teams, All-American athletes and a committed and caring coaching staff. With more than 70 clubs and organizations, intramural sports and community service opportunities, there’s always something to keep mind, body and spirit active at VWC. Virginia Wesleyan is the 43rd Methodist-affiliated colleges to participate in Tuition Rewards.
Virginia's other members of the SAGE consortium are Bluefield College, Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite University, Emory & Henry College, Ferrum College, Hampden-Sydney College, Hollins University, Randolph College and Randolph-Macon College.

SAGE's high school Class of 2015 submitted Tuition Rewards® points valued at $45.1 million to consortium colleges (25% increase). Drexel University (248 rewards statements, correlated with applications) was the most popular college.

Regionally, the colleges that were most popular with SAGE's 2015 seniors included DePaul University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Dayton, University of San Diego, University of Tampa, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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. Rewards points are similar to frequent flyer miles and are submitted at time of application. (1 point = $1.00)

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.

"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.

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