Manhattanville College Announces New Resources in Response to FAFSA Form Delays

March 04, 2024
Manhattanville College students walking on the quad

PURCHASE, NY, March 4 – Manhattanville College is offering prospective students new resources in response to the recent changes to the U.S. Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Because of the redesigned forms, colleges won’t get critical information about students’ financial needs until mid-March or later, leaving many students with longer waits for financial aid and less time to make decisions about attending college as they may not have crucial information until early April or later.  

“Our prospective students and their families have a major decision to make and we want to ensure they have the time, the tools, and the information they need to make the best decision for them and their future,” said Frank D. Sánchez, Ph.D., president of Manhattanville. “At Manhattanville, we believe in providing students with the support they need to excel in college and beyond starting with the decision to enroll. The measures we are taking are the first step to providing that support.”

As of February 26, Manhattanville began providing “Financial Aid Award Preview” letters to newly admitted students that provide a detailed award estimate based on information provided from their 2022 taxes. These “Financial Aid Award Preview” letters are meant to assist families with determining the cost of attendance but will not be an official financial aid award package. They will provide students and their families with an estimate of the federal, state, and institutional aid that will be offered to them for the 2024-25 academic year (as calculated by Manhattanville using an internal financial aid estimator). Official Financial Aid Award packages will still be mailed home soon after the Department of Education starts releasing submitted FAFSA information to colleges/universities. 

Almost all (98%) of the undergraduate students at Manhattanville receive some financial assistance with 39% also eligible for Federal Pell Grants. Manhattanville is hosting a series of informational sessions including a Scholarship and Financial Aid night on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at 7 PM. Register for Virtual Scholarship Night 

Manhattanville executive leadership has been publicly vocal about the delays with the FAFSA and what families can do to prepare for the coming academic year. Vice President of Enrollment Management Troy Cogburn and President Sánchez along with students have appeared in interviews on television on WPIX, WABC, WCBS, and News 12.

At this time, Manhattanville College is not planning to change enrollment deadlines, but will be flexible with deadlines for families who have outstanding questions about financing students’ education. Should there be an additional announcement from the Department of Education, enrollment dates will be re-evaluated. Anyone who has questions about financial aid or enrollment deadlines at Manhattanville can reach out to the Office of Admissions by emailing or calling 914-694-2200.

About Manhattanville College

Manhattanville College is a private liberal arts institution dedicated to academic excellence, purposeful education, and social justice. For three years in a row, “U.S. News and World Report” has ranked Manhattanville the number one private, non-profit institution in New York among Top Performers of Social Mobility in Regional Universities North. Located 30 miles from New York City on a 100-acre suburban campus in the heart of Westchester County, Manhattanville enables easy access to entertainment offerings, educational resources, and business opportunities for its primarily residential and diverse student body. The college serves more than 1,300 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students from more than 44 countries and 33 states. Founded in 1841, the college offers more than 75 undergraduate and graduate areas of study in the arts and sciences, education, nursing and health sciences, business, and creative writing, as well as continuing and executive education programs. Graduate students can choose from over 70 graduate and certificate programs. Extracurricular offerings include more than 45 clubs and activities and 22 NCAA Division III teams. 

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