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Rob Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review, appeared on NBC News’ Today show on Friday to promote the Review’s newly released The Best 389 Colleges, in which Thomas Aquinas College is prominently featured.

During the interview, Mr. Franek and hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager discussed the subject of financial aid (see video below, starting at 2:40). “When we think about college costs, this is a major concern for students and parents,” said Mr. Franek. “We tell students: Never look at the sticker costs; it’s about how much you’re going to pay at the end” — after factoring in financial assistance, which varies widely from school to school. On the screen behind them appeared the names of the Princeton Review’s top three colleges in the United States for financial aid, which Ms. Kotb supplied verbally, naming the No. 2 school on the list: “Thomas Aquinas College.”

In keeping with its Catholic character, Thomas Aquinas College has always maintained a policy of never turning away a student on the basis of financial need. Thanks to the generosity of its benefactors, it has been able to maintain this pledge for more than 50 years, keeping tuition rates well below the national average and fully meeting its families’ demonstrated financial need.

“We are grateful for The Princeton Review’s recognition of our financial aid program — and the Today show’s, too,” says Chris Weinkopf, TAC’s executive director of College Relations. “We encourage all students who want to pursue our unique program of Catholic liberal education to follow Mr. Franek’s advice and not merely look at the sticker price. Explore our financial aid offerings, which are designed to put the cost of a TAC education within reach of every family.”