Filing my FAFSA

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will help you qualify for college, state and federal financial assistance. It’s the most important step in pursuing an affordable education.

File your FAFSA online. Watch the following video for a walkthrough.


The basics:

  1. Learn your state’s FAFSA deadline. https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa#deadlines
    Manchester asks that you complete your FAFSA by March 1 as this meets most deadlines nationally.The Indiana deadline for state funds is April 15. You may submit your FAFSA for the upcoming year beginning Oct. 1.
  2. Collect and have ready necessary documents/information:
    • Social Security Number or Permanent Resident Card
    • W-2 records for each job worked this year (for both student and parents/guardians)
    • Income tax information (for both student and parents/guardians)
  3. Acquire student and parent Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm (you’ll use these to electronically sign your FAFSA).

  1. Complete and submit your FAFSA for free at https://studentaid.gov/
    • The FAFSA should always match the next year you’ll be in college and attending classes (For Fall 2023, use 2023-2024 FAFSA).
  2. The Federal Student Aid Office makes your information available to all schools that you list on your FAFSA – you may list up to 10. Manchester’s school code is 001820.

Review Your Award:

Once you’ve submitted your FAFSA, what happens next? Here is another helpful walkthrough video:


  1. Manchester will produce a Financial Aid Notification using your FAFSA results. It will display your itemized costs and aid. It also will lay out payment options and other helpful resources.
    • View your Financial Aid Notification in Manchester's Spartan Self Service through chetnet.
    • Check out these Four Easy Steps to review your Financial Aid Notification.
    • Access forms you might need from our Office of Student Financial Services.
  2. Your Admissions Counselor will call you to discuss your Financial Aid Notification. We’ll spend as much time with you as you need.
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