Richard Stockton College Purchases Former Showboat Casino


Richard Stockton College announced Friday, December 12, 2014, that it completed a deal to purchase the Boardwalk casino-hotel for $18 million.

Showboat is one of four casinos – along with Atlantic Club, Revel, and Trump Plaza – that have closed this year in the struggling resort. Atlantic Club and Revel are still actively looking to secure buyers, while the city has plans to implode Trump Plaza.

Stockton plans to transform the former Mardi Gras-themed gambling destination into a full-service residential campus awarding undergraduate and graduate degrees and other professional training.

Stockton said that it purchased the 1.73 million-square-foot casino-hotel with funds from the college’s Investment Fund, so the transaction is debt-free and tuition is not expected to go up as a result of the acquisition.

Stockton expects to have the hotel portion of what it is calling Stockton-Island Campus operating by late spring, with some summer classes to follow. Full academic programs are expected to begin in Fall 2015.


How to Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rates


Call and Ask Your Issuer to Lower Your Interest Rate

If your credit score has gone up since you applied for your credit card and you have a good payment history with your issuer, you may qualify for a lower annual percentage rate simply by calling and asking.

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Do a Balance Transfer

Take a look at the credit cards in your wallet and research the balance transfer offers from cards you currently carry. You may be able to lower your credit card interest rate by moving your balance to a card with a better interest rate. Even lowering your APR by three or five percent will save you money on finance charges.

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Don’t forget to factor in the costs of fees when choosing between low-rate credit card offers.

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