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ISSUE #31 June/July 2010

Two new graduate programs begin in 2010

Beginning this fall, Manchester College will introduce two new master’s programs.

Manchester’s Master of Education is tailored for current teachers or administrators who want to add versatility and marketability to their teaching licenses.

“Manchester asked area educators what kind of graduate curriculum would best serve their schools,” said Dr. Korrine Gust, director of the program. The result is a flexible graduate program that will respond nimbly to issues confronting preschool through 12th grade educators as they arise.

That’s good news for teachers, undergraduate education students, and for school districts, too, that need educators with diverse skills to accommodate shrinking budgets. Educators also may take courses for license renewal or professional development.

With a reputation for developing excellent educators, Manchester is a natural route to the Master of Education degree. About 20 percent of the College’s undergraduate students are education majors who spend more than 27,000 hours in the classroom annually. And they get jobs: More than 90 percent of Manchester education alumni enter their careers within six months of graduation.

Also, as the need for athletic trainers grows, Manchester College is responding with an entry-level Master of Athletic Training degree, one of only 20 such programs in the nation.

Society is increasingly interested in physical fitness and sports competition. And because athletic trainers play an important role in preventing injuries and containing health care costs, demand is projected to grow substantially.

As an entry-level master’s degree, Manchester’s M.A.T. is a full-time two-year program designed for people whose bachelor’s degrees are in other disciplines. Upon successful completion, graduates will be eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination, which leads to the credential, ATC (certified athletic trainer).

For more about the Manchester’s master’s programs, visit graduateprograms.manchester.edu.


To insure or not to insure

All Manchester students are required to be covered by health insurance, and the College offers a basic plan in which all students will be enrolled, unless notified otherwise. If your student is covered under another policy and wishes to waive out, he/she must fill out and return a waiver form by Aug. 1. Look for one to arrive with your tuition bill, or complete this online waiver (requires login to Gateway*).

If you plan to purchase College-provided insurance, please read the plan thoroughly before making your decision. If you belong to a managed care plan (HMO), consult your primary care provider or a service representative regarding benefits for medical care while at college. Many managed care plans won’t provide benefits for patients out of the service area, or if care is provided by an "out-of-network" provider. If at any time during the school year pre-existing coverage is lost, students will need to contact Student Financial Services to sign up for College-provided insurance.

*See these instructions for logging into Gateway.
Having trouble? E-mail helpdesk@manchester.edu or call 260-982-5454.


New student help is here!

Is your first-year student ready to attend Manchester College this fall? Do you have questions about what to bring, what to plan for, and when to arrive on campus? Then you'll want to visit our new student web page. It’s designed to be your one stop shop for everything you and your student need to know between now and move-in day, including helpful information about textbooks, class scheduling, room dimensions, computers, meal plans, automobile registration, and much, much more. Returning students will find it useful, too!

Check it out at www.manchester.edu/admissions/newstudents.


Payment Strategies from Student Financial Services

With the start of the fall semester approaching, you can anticipate the arrival of a Student Account Statement in your mailbox by July 15. This statement lists and explains your student’s fall semester tuition, room, board and fee charges, as well as available financial aid assistance.

Families are encouraged to contact Student Financial Services for assistance on developing a payment strategy. Consider these options:

  • Payment by semester – You can make two payments – one for the fall semester (due Aug. 15) and one for the spring semester (due Jan. 15).

  • Monthly Payment Plan – Manchester College partners with Tuition Management Systems (TMS) to help families manage college financing. This option allows families to make interest-free monthly payments. The most common payment plan is 10 monthly payments. To set up a payment plan, contact TMS at www.afford.com/manchester or at 800-356-8329.

  • Federal Parent PLUS loan – The PLUS loan provides a low interest loan that stretches the payments out to up to a 10-year period based on the dollar amount borrowed. For a sample payment plan, visit http://www.manchester.edu/admissions/finaid/resources.htm and click on Loan Payment Calculator. To complete the Parent PLUS loan pre-approval and Master Promissory Note (MPN) go to www.studentloans.gov.

All students need to complete the Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) to receive funds through the Federal Direct Loan program. In addition, first time borrowers are required to complete the online Federal Direct Loan Entrance Counseling session prior to Federal Direct Loan funds being disbursed to the student account. To complete the MPN and the online Entrance Counseling session, visit www.studentloans.gov.

Streamline the payment process by paying online by credit card or e-check.
We look forward to working with you as you finalize your payment options. If you have questions, contact Student Financial Services at 866-982-5066.


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