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).
  4. 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 2022, use 2022-2023 FAFSA).
  5. 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. You’ll receive a SAR (student aid report) at the e-mail address you provided on the FAFSA.
    • This same information will be sent to the colleges you listed.
  2. Manchester will produce a Financial Aid Award Notification using your FAFSA results. It will display your itemized costs and aid. It also will lay out payment options and other helpful resources.
  3. Your Admissions Counselor will call you to discuss your award. We’ll spend as much time with you as you need.
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