Northeastern University on Saturday announced that it will offer the parents and siblings of current undergraduates a 25 percent discount on graduate programs. “Ensuring that we make experiential, lifelong learning opportunities available to the family members who support our current undergraduates is crucial,” said a statement from Joseph E. Aoun, Northeastern's president. He made the announcement during Northeastern's parents' weekend. Many of the eligible graduate programs are online, so parents and siblings need not live in the Boston area.
Family-related discounts can be successful -- and also expensive. George Washington University for many years offered a discount for undergraduate siblings. Last year, the university eliminated the discount for new students, and the funds -- estimated to be $1 million over four years -- will be shifted to other aid programs.
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