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Schools offering bonuses to help students graduate on time

Looking for a way to encourage your college kid to graduate in four years? How about a sweet incentive, courtesy of the school?

A small number of universities around the country are dangling tuition rebates, guaranteed tuition rates for four years, textbook credits and other monetary carrots to nudge more students into graduating early or on time.

Those schools include public colleges in the University of Texas system, Cleveland State University in Ohio, Grand Valley State University in Michigan and Howard University in Washington, D.C.

While there's been much angst over the rising cost of college education and what to do about it, one sure-fire way to save big money and...