Manchester University says it is offering four years of tuition-free education exclusively to incoming undergraduates. The university says students from families that make $65,000 or less per year will be eligible for the optional assistance.
Manchester says although all of its undergraduates receive financial assistance, the university is only offering free tuition to first-year students who meet the following requirements:
- 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
“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 students must live in on-campus housing each year and pay fees such as room and board in order to qualify.
“The Manchester community has a long history of investing financially in our students. 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,” said President Dave McFadden.
Manchester says more than 400 students who have already been admitted for fall 2020 are eligible for the program, and the school’s admissions team is in the process of notifying them.