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Financial Aid at Trinity

FINANCIAL AID STUDENT AID

You are ambitious and curious, so you will fit right in at Trinity. We want you to come here so you can build a life that makes a difference. We understand everyone comes to Trinity with different financial situations, so we are happy to work with you to build a package that suits your needs.

Trinity offers generous financial aid programs to help you pay for you education.

98%

Over 98 percent of Trinity students receive financial aid.

67.5%

Freshmen in the Fall of 2016 who filed the FAFSA had an average of 67.5 percent of their tuition covered with scholarships, grants, or waivers from all sources. That’s money you’ll never have to pay back.

$18 K

Average gift aid (scholarships and grants) awarded to incoming freshmen in the 2016-17 academic year.

$10.6 M

Trinity awarded over $10.6 Million in institutional gift aid in 2016-2017

100%

Trinity students leave prepared to succeed. 100 percent of Trinity students participate in an internship or field experience before they graduate. According to a survey commissioned by The Chronicle and American Public Media’s Marketplace, when evaluating recent graduates, employers weigh internships most heavily—more than an applicant’s college, grade, or major.

HOW TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID

You must apply and be admitted to Trinity Christian College before any financial aid can be granted. If you qualify for any honors scholarships or grants, we will notify you by sending you a merit letter.

HELPFUL TIPS & TOOLS TO GUIDE YOU IN THE FINANCIAL AID PROCESS

We’re sure you have questions about how financial aid will work. We’ve put together some tips and tools to make financial aid as clear as possible.

Most of Trinity’s scholarship opportunities require only that you be admitted to the college for consideration. However, some scholarships require additional application. Click here to view information about all of Trinity’s scholarships.

Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents. Go here to create the FSA ID.

After October 1, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available at www.fafsa.gov. To be considered for any need-based grants, work-study, or loans the FAFSA is required. Canadian or international students should complete the Financial Aid Form for Non-United States Citizens available here.    Trinity’s FAFSA Code: 001771

If you have unusually high costs related to K-12 education, medical bills, dependent care or nursing home costs, or have experienced a recent reduction in family income, you should complete Trinity’s Need-Based Aid Appeal Form, available here. This should be submitted at the time the FAFSA is completed, or whenever the situation becomes known.

If Trinity requests any paperwork from you (federal tax return transcripts, worksheets), be sure to return documents promptly so that your financial aid is not delayed.

Receive your financial aid package which will include any scholarships, grants, work-study, and Federal Direct Student Loans for which you are eligible. Information about additional financing options will also be included. Make your enrollment deposit by May 1 to secure your financial aid package.

What is the net amount you’ll owe Trinity, after your scholarships and grants? What is the best way to pay for that? The Plan for Payment Worksheet found here will help you answer these questions. When you receive your first billing statement in mid-July, you will be prepared with a plan.

If Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Student loans are part of your plan for payment, complete the required steps below:

1. In your Student Portal, accept or decline your federal loan eligibility in the “My Financial Aid” section. (Make sure the term is set to FA 17). If you wish to borrow less than the maximum amount available, contact the Financial Aid Office.
2. If you are accepting Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized loans, go to www.studentloans.gov and click “Log In” (same as your FAFSA log in). Select “Complete Loan Counseling” and then “Entrance Counseling.” Click the start button located on the right to begin, and follow the on-screen directions.
3. In your www.studentloans.gov account, click on “Complete Loan Agreement (Master Promissory Note).”  Then select “Subsidized/Unsubsidized” and click start to follow the on-screen directions.

If you plan to borrow any of the following types of loans, you must complete the steps indicated below:

Federal Perkins Loan: This loan may have been awarded to you based on need. Go to Trinity’s website and under Financial Aid click “Apply for Student Loans.” Then click on Federal Perkins Loans and complete Perkins Loan entrance interview. Finally, complete E-Signature for Federal Perkins/Nursing Loan.
Federal Parent PLUS LoanParents (not students) must log in at www.studentloans.gov to complete an application. Once logged in, click “Apply for a Direct PLUS Loan” and then start the Direct Plus Loan Application for Parents.
Private Student Loans: Application is made with your lender (Trinity works with all lenders). To access a list of suggested lenders, click here.

Annual Costs for Full-Time Students (2017–18)

Tuition: $28,450
Average room and board: $9,680

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Financial Aid Scenarios

We’ve created a few sample financial aid packages below. We’d like to help you get a better idea of your remaining costs after financial aid. Each student is unique, and your actual financial aid package may differ from these examples.

High School GPA: 3.7
ACT Composite Score: 20 (56th percentile – slightly above average)
Family Income: About $40,000

Financial Aid Information

Trinity Scholarships and Grants

$16,250

Federal Grants

$3,465

Scholarships Funded by Outsided Sources

$2,000

Total Scholarships and Grants

$21,715

Cost of Tuition & Fees, Room & Board After Scholarships and Grants

$15,540

Low-Interest Federal Student Loans

$6,500

Total financial aid

$28,215

Amount due for full year after all financial aid

$9,040

College School GPA: 3.53
Family Income: About $9,900

Financial Aid Information

Trinity Scholarships and Grants

$8,000

Federal Grants

$6,375

State of Illinois Grants

$4,720

Total Scholarships and Grants

$19,095

Cost of Tuition & Fees after scholarships and grants

$7,630

Low-Interest Federal Student Loans

$9,500

Total financial aid

$28,595

Amount due for full year after all financial aid

$0

High School GPA: 3.52
ACT Composite Score: 24 (74th percentile)
Family Income: About $6,500

Financial Aid Information

Trinity Scholarships and Grants

$13,500

Federal Grants

$5,920

State of Illinois Grants

$4,869

Total Scholarships and Grants

$24,289

Cost of Tuition & Fees, Room & Board after scholarships and grants

$14,066

Low-Interest Federal Student Loans

$9,500

Total financial aid

$33,789

Amount due for full year after all financial aid

$4,566

High School GPA: 4.0
ACT Composite Score: 33 (99th percentile)
Family Income: About $380,000

Financial Aid Information

Trinity Scholarships

$21,600

Outside Scholarships

$1,700

Total financial aid

$23,300

Amount due for full year after all financial aid

$15,055

High School GPA: 3.47
ACT Composite Score: 18 (30th percentile)
Family Income: About $70,000

Financial Aid Information

Trinity Scholarships and Grants

$12,000

State of Illinois Grants

$4,869

Total Scholarships and Grants

$16,869

Cost of Tuition & Fees, Room & Board after scholarships and grants

$11,806

Low-Interest Federal Student Loans

$6,500

Total financial aid

$23,369

Amount due for full year after all financial aid

$5,306