Touro University Worldwide "Achieve Now" Scholarship

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  1. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist


    While perusing the Touro University Worldwide (TUW) website, I came across a scholarship currently being offered. It effectively reduces tuition for their bachelor's programs by 37.5% and their master's programs by 40%. Tuition is already low to begin with, so this is something to consider if you're interested in one of their programs. TUW is affiliated with Touro College and they are regionally accredited. Offer is good until October 30th.

    Details regarding the scholarship are provided below. Note: I have no affiliation with this school.

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  2. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Those are discounts, not scholarships. They even call them discounts, to their credit.

    Do you need a coupon?
  3. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    May one groupon?:rolleyes:
  4. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    I hear you, Rich. But it is referred to by TUW as the "Achieve Now Scholarship." In addition to the tuition discount and a free course, they're also offering an iPad Mini if you complete four courses. Act now and they'll throw in a set of Ginsu knives.

    I have to say, I'm tempted to sign up for one of their master's programs (either the MA in Psychology or MS in Health Sciences - Public Health). And no, not because of the free iPad!
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  5. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    I repeat, they call it a discount on their website.
  6. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    You're both right.

    The scholarship includes 3 things: a tuition discount, an ipad mini, and a free course.
  7. DxD=D^2

    DxD=D^2 Member

    Sounds like they are desperate for students.
  8. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    I'm waiting until they throw in a set of ginsu knives.
  9. novadar

    novadar Member

  10. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    No. If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, and looks like a duck, it's a duck. You can call it an eagle; it's still a duck.

    They can call it a scholarship, but it isn't. For one, you can't use it first (except for the 'free' course). In other words, it's not as if your account is credited and that credit comes off the top. It's a discount, lowering the price on your courses. For another, there is no basis for awarding the scholarship; everyone gets one. No merit principles or needs testing is applied. It's a discount. Finally, tossing in a free course and an iPad doesn't make this a scholarship.

    It's a discount. I just found it a bit refreshing that the school called it one, too. (In fact, it isn't even a discount. They just lowered their prices and tossed in a couple of spiffs to help close the deal. Heck, I did that at Xerox 35 years ago.)
  11. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    Click the Scholarship link in my original post and tell me that it doesn't say "Achieve Now Scholarship." By the way, the word "Scholarship" in that link was not typed in by me. That's what came up when I copy/pasted the link from their site.
  12. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    They can call it grilled cheese for all I care. I was just using the language they used on their site. Of course you're right that's it's not actually a scholarship. In looking at the course catalog they sent, the MSHS program is probably not for me.
  13. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    I wonder how important this debate will be to historians in the year 2215. How many courses will be taught? How many theses will be written? Will this thread be featured in the Great Webpages of the Western World?
  14. Koolcypher

    Koolcypher Member

    I think this question will be right up there with "how many licks does it take to the center of a Tootsie Pop?" The world may never know. :shocked:
  15. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    It's actually a last dollar award, which screams scholarship.
  16. Phdtobe

    Phdtobe Well-Known Member

    "Master's Degree
    Scholarship recipients earning a Master’s degree will receive a $200 per credit hour (40%) discount. This means a Master’s degree will only cost $10,800 instead of $18,000, a savings of $7,200."

    The 40% + reduction brought the master degree down to its equilibrium price/value. Any tuition higher than $11k will drive potential students to better known competitors for similar tuition and higher value. Business don't just drop prices because things are great, especially with a product like education where it is unlikely to increase enrollment by 40%.
  17. DanielC

    DanielC New Member

    Is Touro regionally accredited? Is this institution somewhat suspect?
  18. novadar

    novadar Member

    Yup - Touro University Worldwide is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Touro College Los Angeles (Lander Campus) is a division of Touro University Worldwide. - See more at: The History of Touro University Worldwide

    The History of Touro University Worldwide
  19. DanielC

    DanielC New Member

    I should clarify -- I read that it was accredited by WASC, so it's RA. What I didn't really understand is why the controversy about the Achieve Now Scholarship discount. If it's a legit school, what's the problem?
  20. FJD

    FJD Member

    Well, as long as you're ok taking a discount that is disingenuously being called a "scholarship," then go right ahead and fool yourself, Daniel. I hope you can sleep at night!

    But seriously, there's nothing wrong with the school, or the fact that it's offering a good price for an RA Master's degree. If it fits your needs, please do not let the debate about the correct term for the lower price throw you off. They are offering an incentive to new students that lowers the costs of the degree. Sounds good to me.

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