May 1st is the day by which this year’s high school seniors have to decide where they will be going to college in the fall as freshman. I know plenty of families still weighing different college and university offers and options at this late date.
Earlier this year I did a story on how parents can save on college by looking at schools that offer sibling discounts. Now that story has turned into a news segment, which aired yesterday on 11ABC in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. It features my advice and information. You can watch that segment above.
To reiterate, here are the 10 colleges that offer tuition discounts when family members (most often siblings) enroll at the same time:
- Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, provides what it calls a “family discount” for siblings enrolled full time at the school, except those in the general studies program. For some reason general studies students are exempt from the family discount. All others can expect a 10% tuition discount for the second sibling, and a 20% discount for a third sibling.
- Johnson & Wales University, with campuses in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina and Rhode Island, offers a “family scholarship” that provides up to $2,000 off tuition costs for each sibling attending full time.
- McDaniel College offers a $2,000 grant applied towards the second family member’s tuition. Any additional family member attending at the same time will receive the same $2,000 discount. Interestingly, McDaniel describes its Family Tuition Reduction Grants using the terms “immediate family member.” So if a parent enrolls full time along with the child, the discount applies.
- Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, offers a multiple sibling discount that applies not only to its undergraduate program, but also to its law school. When two siblings are enrolled full time simultaneously, each student gets 10% off tuition. A third sibling enjoys a 20% discount on tuition. Got four or more college-bound kids? Roger Williams will give the fourth and subsequent enrolling siblings a 25% discount.
- Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, will discount tuition by 10% for each sibling enrolled at the school.
- The University of Detroit Mercy in Michigan gives a $1,000 discount per sibling per year, as long as both are enrolled full time. Its guidelines say specifically that siblings with only one parent in common — half-siblings or step-siblings — still qualify.
- Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts, gives a sibling discount of up to a $1,000 per year for each sibling enrolled full time.
- Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, offers $2,000 off each year
- George Washington University in Washington, D.C. gives the second sibling 50% off tuition. Considering that the 2012-2013 full-time undergraduate tuition at GWU is $45,735, that’s a hefty price cut.
- Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, offers a similar a 25% discount for the second sibling.
I hope this information helps you come up with a frugal plan to help pay for college, especially if you’re the parent of multiples or siblings that could enroll at the same school at the same time to help save money.