Seton Hall University has a novel new deal to entice top students to attend.
Under a plan announced Wednesday, they'll get a tuition break so steep they'll be paying the same rate as an in-state student heading to public Rutgers University.
To qualify, students would have to apply by Dec. 15, rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class and score at least 1200 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT. Their yearly tuition would be $10,104, which would be frozen for four years, as long as they maintain a 3.0 grade-point average.
Regular tuition at the Catholic school in South Orange is $31,440. Room, board and fees add about $13,000.
About one-sixth of this year's freshman class at Seton Hall would have qualified.