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ISSUE #44 February/March 2013

College is often about lessons learned outside the traditional classroom. One of the most important lessons we hope our students learn and take with them when they graduate is how to make good choices in managing their personal finances.

Each spring semester, President Jo Young Switzer presents a convocation to Manchester students in which she identifies some good, basic financial habits for students to remember as they get closer to starting careers and managing their own finances: Spend less than you earn; pay off your credit card each month; and know the difference between “I want” and “I need.”

Referencing Manchester's Mission Statement, she gives examples of “persons of ability and conviction.” “They believe in a larger purpose,” she said. “They give back.” And, “They handle their money with intentionality.”

This year, President Switzer’s presentation to students was followed by a challenge. SALT is a free online financial management tool offered by American Student Assistance, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower students and alumni to manage successfully and repay their college loan debt and take control of their finances. The challenge is to motivate students to sign up for SALT. If 75 percent of Manchester students register, a number of prizes will be awarded, including gift certificates, restaurant meals, Mad Ants and TinCaps tickets, and even home-cooked meals and laundry service provided by supportive faculty members.

S.I.B.S. stands for “Someday I’ll Be a Spartan”

Lil' Sibs Weekend, April 12-13, 2013, is an opportunity for students to bring their younger brother or sister (or any niece, nephew, cousin or friend who is 5-12 years old) to campus for a weekend full of fun activities and entertainment, including games, swimming, bowling, a magician, a pancake breakfast and more! All weekend activities, sponsored by Manchester Activities Council (MAC), are free to your student and his or her lil' sib (including meals).

Invitations for Lil’ Sibs Weekend will go into student mailboxes the week of
March 4. Every guest must register and complete a Release of Liability Form. Registration deadline is March 22.

Check out the schedule and register online at

Questions? Contact Shanon Fawbush, director of student activities, or 260-982-5029.

New resources for parents added to website

Manchester’s website is getting a facelift, and keeping parents and families connected is a top priority.

Now that we're a University, you’ll start seeing a lot of updates to the face of Manchester, including the university website. Recently published was a new home page, along with “hub” pages for students, faculty and staff, and parents and families.

The new parents and families page is rich with links to keep you informed and engaged with Manchester. You’ll find expanded menus for news and events and academic resources, along with helpful links to visit campus, check class schedules or visit the Campus Store. If your student is new to Manchester, click on the link for New Student Resources where you’ll find more valuable resources especially beneficial for new or soon-to-be Manchester students.

Stay tuned to as we make continual improvements to the website.

Have you filed your FAFSA yet?

Will you have a student returning to Manchester next year? And do you want to receive need-based financial aid from the federal government? Then it’s time to file your Federal Application For Student Aid (FAFSA), if you haven’t already. For Indiana residents, the deadline is March 10.

When filling out and submitting the form, designate Manchester University as your student's FAFSA recipient. The Manchester University institutional code is 001820. You’ll want to complete your 2012 federal tax return first and gather your financial records.

You can file your 2013-2014 FAFSA online at You'll use your federal PIN to sign and/or check the status of your application. If you don't have a PIN go to

Learn more about financial aid at Manchester University at or email Student Financial Services at

Dates you should know
10 Indiana’s FAFSA submission deadline
16-24 Spring Break (classes dismiss 6 p.m. March 15; resume 8 a.m. March 25)
25 Beginning of second half-semester classes
29-31 Easter Break (classes dismiss 6 p.m. March 28; resume 8 a.m. April 1)
14-20 Peace Week
13-16 Final examinations
19 Baccalaureate and Commencement

Extend Family Connections to grandparents

Are Grandma and Grandpa asking what's going on in your MC student's life?
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