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New Jersey Lions Have Something to Roar About with New Credit Card from U.S. Bank

MINNEAPOLIS & EWING, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 27, 2005--The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) has a new source of support for its programs with the introduction of The College of New Jersey Visa(R) credit card from U.S. Bank. The card generates support for the TCNJ Alumni Association each time a new card is activated and repeatedly thereafter each time the card is used.

"The support generated through this card program will enhance the learning experience for our students and faculty," said Lisa McCarthy, director of alumni affairs of The College of New Jersey. "We are grateful to the 60,000 alumni, as well as parents and members of the greater community who will embrace our college, display our colors and contribute to our programs every time they use their credit card."

The College of New Jersey Visa credit card depicts a picture of Green Hall. The card holder enjoys benefits including no annual fee, a low introductory rate (APR) and a choice of rewards including cash back or points redeemable for merchandise, travel, gift certificates or virtually any reward with the Choose Your Own Reward option.

"We are delighted to partner with the TCNJ Alumni Association to help create a solid base of support for students in pursuit of higher learning," said Tanya Turner, senior vice president of affinity products at U.S. Bank. "We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship for TCNJ and its students, faculty and staff."

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), a primarily undergraduate institution founded in 1855, provides academically prepared students with a challenging education and a rewarding residential experience, small classes and a prestigious faculty. TCNJ enrolls about 5,700 full-time, 210 part-time and 900 graduate students. TCNJ has been recognized nationally for its excellence including in U.S. News and World Report, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Barron's Profiles of American Colleges, and Peterson's Competitive Colleges. The College of New Jersey is located on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing, N.J. For more information on The College of New Jersey, visit www.tcnj.edu.

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), with $207 billion in assets, is the 6th largest financial holding company in the United States. The company operates 2,411 banking offices and 4,999 ATMs in 24 states, and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp is home of the Five Star Service Guarantee in which the company pays customers if certain key banking benefits and services are not met. U.S. Bancorp is the parent company of U.S. Bank. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.

CONTACT: U.S. Bank
Teri Charest, 612-303-0732
OR
The College of New Jersey
Lisa McCarthy, 609-771-3019

SOURCE: U.S. Bank

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