The Spartan 2020 Response

As the COVID-19 pandemic poses financial uncertainty for incoming students and their families, Manchester has created the Spartan 2020 Response, which offers free tuition to incoming first-year students who qualify.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be an Indiana resident
  • Apply and be accepted to Manchester
  • Have an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) level of $65,000/year or less (for parents)
  • Be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the Indiana deadline
Manchester University will cover 100% of tuition for eligible students and families, after state and federal aid is applied. This scholarship is available only to first-year undergraduate students entering in fall 2020, and applies for all four years of their college career. Students are required to pay any additional fees and must live in on-campus housing each year, paying room and board.

Eligible students will be contacted by the Office of Admissions and will receive notification via email of any changes to aid packages.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If I qualify for the Spartan 2020 Response, can I qualify for additional aid? Yes!

How many years can I get this? Spartan 2020 Response is available for four consecutive years of undergraduate enrollment.  Students must continue to meet the program eligibility requirements above and maintain credit completion requirements for State of Indiana financial aid.  For more information on credit completion see the Indiana Commission for Higher Education at

Do I have to be enrolled full-time to qualify for the Spartan 2020 Response? Yes. Students must be full-time, which means 12 or more credit hours per semester.

Can I live off-campus or commute from home and still receive the Spartan 2020 Response? Students must live on campus to be eligible. Please speak with your Manchester admissions counselor about what other financial aid options are available.

If I do not qualify for the Spartan 2020 Response, will I still be considered for additional aid? Yes.

What if my family makes more than $65,000? 100% of our undergraduate students receive financial aid. Explore our website or contact your MU admissions counselor to discuss what is available.

I am a current student at Manchester. Can I qualify? Spartan 2020 Response is a program specifically for the high school graduating class of 2020. Current Manchester students who have been financially affected by the COVID pandemic are encouraged to contact Student Financial Services for a review of their available financial aid.

I am transferring to Manchester University. Can I qualify for the Spartan 2020 Response? Spartan 2020 Response is specifically for the high school graduating class of 2020.

What if I don’t manage to graduate in four years? Does this cover tuition beyond that? Because most Manchester graduates do so in four years, the Spartan 2020 Response is for four years (eight semesters) of continuous undergraduate enrollment. Here is information from Manchester’s Triple Guarantee:

Is this just for students joining Manchester in 2020, or will this continue later? At this time, it is just intended for students who enroll in fall 2020.

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