New Jersey College Offers $21K Tuition Cut for Good Grades

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Those report-card As could be worth thousands of dollars at one private college.

Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., is offering early applicants with exceptional academic credentials a deal that’s difficult to ignore: two-thirds, or about $21,000, off regular tuition. The school’s president told the New York Times that in addition to helping students bear the cost of college during a likely recession, the discount can also help the institution attract top-tier students.

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High schoolers looking to take advantage of the discount better start studying. To qualify, they will have to graduate at the top 10% of their high school classes and have a combined score of at least 1200 on their math and reading SATs (with no less than 550 on either), or an ACT score of 27 or above.

For in-state students, the lower tuition would make Seton Hall’s price tag about the same as New Jersey’s flagship public school Rutgers University; Seton Hall would become much cheaper than Rutgers for out-of-state students.

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