NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (WFFT) — As the COVID-19 pandemic poses financial uncertainty for many incoming freshmen and their families across Indiana, Manchester University is offering a sure thing to eligible incoming freshmen: Free tuition for all four years.
“The Spartan 2020 Response is both part of Manchester’s response to the COVID pandemic and another example of Manchester’s continuing efforts to invest in the lives of our students,” said Ryon Kaopuiki vice president for enrollment and marketing.
The University says it is offering free tuition exclusively to incoming first-year students that meet the following criteria:
• From families that make $65,000 a year or less
• Who are eligible for a federal Pell Grant
• Who completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as FAFSA, by the Indiana deadline, and are Indiana residents
In order to qualify Manchester students must live in on-campus housing each year, paying fees, as well as room and board.
“The Manchester community has a long history of investing financially in our students,” said President Dave McFadden. “We would not have the Spartan 2020 Response if it were not for our loyal alumni, generous donors and board of trustees. We have a tradition here of opening doors for each other.”
So far, more than 400 students who have been admitted to MU for fall 2020 who would qualify for the program, according to university officials.
The University admissions team says they are in the process of notifying those students.
MU admissions counselors are also helping incoming students identify ways to reduce their costs, such as scholarships, the university said.