Tuition Discounts for Siblings

February 4, 2013

My daughters are two years apart in birth order and high school years. That means that when they get to college, there will be two years overlap of them both being in college. And if we wanted to, we could have looked for colleges that offer tuition discounts for siblings to help take the bite out of paying for college.

However, my daughters are very different students and people overall, so the college that is right for daughter one likely won’t be right for daughter two. That said, my family may not be like most. For some families, looking to target their college search to colleges and universities that offer tuition discounts for siblings might make a lot of sense.

For example, if you have twins. According to the Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry, there are 10 colleges and universities nationwide that offer money off tuition for twins–and in many instances other siblings as well.  This list includes:

  • Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, which  offers $2,000 off each year;
  • George Washington University in Washington, D.C. gives the second sibling 50% off tuition.
  • Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, offers a 25% discount.

Here are 7 additional schools that offer college tuition discounts to siblings. There are many more but these represent schools in various parts of the country and offer a minimum of $1,000 off tuition.

  • Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, provides what it calls a “family discount” for siblings enrolled full time at the school. It offers 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, has 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.
  • 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.
  • The University of Detroit Mercy in Michigan gives a $1,000 discount per sibling per year.
  • 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.

Until I wrote this article, I’d never heard of schools that offer tuition discounts for siblings. Considering there are three sets of triplets and at least eight sets of twins in my daughters’ high school, I should probably share this article with those families, as an FYI, or at least the guidance office. What do you think?

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