Scholarships & Aid

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We've got great news! Our scholarships have just increased.


You could be the recipient of a $10,000, $11,000, or $12,000 scholarship. 
With college costs on the rise, we at TIU recognize that students need to find more ways to pay for their education. This year, we have more than doubled some our scholarships in hopes of making your college education more affordable. 

These scholarship opportunities are for students who enroll for the first time in the fall of 2013.


Scholarship Increases:

2012-20132013-2014
The Presidential Academic Scholarship $5,000 $12,000
The Dean's Academic Scholarship $2,500 $11,000
The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship $1,500 $4,000
NEW SCHOLARSHIP:
Faculty Scholarship $0 $10,000



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A great education at TIU is affordable. We offer great financial aid packages that go out to 90% of the students here. Whether you are a musician or athlete, a leader in your church youth group or your parents are in full time ministry, we can help provide you with a little extra money to make college at TIU work for your family.

In addition to TIU scholarships, we can help you find outside scholarships and grants. Take a look through our handy list or contact your Admissions Counselor for extra help.

Looking for an even more affordable option for your education? Our new three-year degree option could save you up to 85% off the traditional four-year price!

We Found 25 All Aid Offerings.

Athletic Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to full-time students enrolled at Trinity who demonstrate outstanding athletic ability. Awards are given based on a recommendation from the coach and athletic director.

The amount of these athletic scholarships will include all the institutional awards that the athlete is eligible for, excluding academic scholarships. The total amount of athletic and academic scholarships cannot exceed the cost of tuition and fees for any given academic year.

Church Match Grant

This grant is available to both graduate and undergraduate students. If your church donates funds toward your education TIU will match that donation up to $1,000 for each academic year. Applications and checks must be received before the first day of classes. Simply fill out the application and send it in.

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Direct PLUS Loan

The Direct PLUS (Parental Loan to Undergraduate Students) loan is a low-interest loan that parents take out on the student's behalf. The FAFSA must be completed in order to be eligible. The interest rate is fixed at 7.9%. Repayment begins within sixty days after the loan is disbursed or may be deferred until six months after the student graduates or drops below half-time status. Please click here for more information and to apply. 

EFCA Ordained Family Scholarship

The EFCA Ordained Family Scholarship provides eligible new students with $13,000 in total gift aid from Trinity International University, including any academic, athletic, music, or other scholarships for which a student might be eligible.

Special Requirements:

To qualify for the EFCA Ordained Family Scholarship, a full-time student must be the son or daughter of an ordained EFCA pastor who is serving in a local Free Church, as a Free Church missionary, or in another denominational or ministry position. Students receiving the EFCA Ordained Family Scholarship are guaranteed to receive a total of $13,000 in gift aid from TIU each year they remain a full-time undergraduate student at Trinity International University. They also maintain eligibility for TIU's Church Match Grant program (through which up to $1,000 provided by the church will be matched by TIU); this is the only additional TIU gift aid that can be added to this $13,000 award.

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Faculty Scholarship

These $10,000 renewable scholarships are awarded to incoming students who have an un-weighted high school GPA* between 2.75-3.24 on a 4.0 scale or higher and an ACT score of 22 (1050-Critical Reading and Math sections) or a 3.5 un-weighted high school GPA with a minimum ACT score of 20 (950 Critical Reading and Math scores).  

Federal Pell Grant

This is a need-based grant used to pay for tuition, fees, room, board, and living expenses. The maximum amount of this award is $5,550.

Federal Perkins Loan

The Federal Carl D. Perkins Loan is a low-interest loan that students take out on their own behalf. The FAFSA must be completed in order to be eligible. The interest rate is fixed at 5 percent. Trinity determines eligibility. Repayment begins 9 months after graduation or if the student drops below part time. 

The Federal Government requires all new, first-time loan borrowers to complete Loan Entrance counseling. If you receive this loan you must complete online Perkins Entrance Counseling.

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Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant

This is a need-based grant used to pay for tuition and fees. The maximum amount of this award is $1,400 (based on availability of funds at Trinity).

Illinois Monetary Award Program

This is a need-based grant used to pay for tuition and mandatory fees. The maximum amount of this award is $4,720.

Music Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to full-time students enrolled at Trinity who demonstrate outstanding musical ability. Music scholarships are automatically renewed for up to ten semesters if the student fulfills the conditions specified in the award letter. An audition and participation are required.

The amount of these music scholarships include all the institutional awards that the student is eligible for, excluding academic scholarships. The total amount of music and academic scholarships cannot exceed the cost of tuition and fees for any given academic year.

Special Requirements:

All students involved in the School of Music, regardless of major, are eligible to audition for a music scholarship. The factors weighed by the music faculty in deciding whether or not to award a scholarship may include (to the extent known): performing ability, sight-reading ability, the needs of the ensemble, ensemble participation, willingness to work, rehearsal availability, music major/minor status, previous applied music study, attitude, full-time/part-time status, grades, and financial need. We give prospective Music or K-12 Music Education majors priority, but we offer many awards to non-majors as well.

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Spring 2012 Audition Dates

Coming soon.

Each of these dates immediately follows a Thursday/Friday Sneak Preview campus visit event sponsored by the Admissions Office, so prospective students can experience campus life and audition on the same weekend.

Suggested Repertoire for Auditions

Pianists

  1. Any prelude and fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach
  2. Any first movement of a sonata by Beethoven, Haydn, or Mozart
  3. A short work from the nineteenth century (e.g., by Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Mendelssohn, or Brahms) or twentieth century (e.g., by Bartok or Kabalevsky)

Organists

Two contrasting works from the standard classical organ literature

Vocalists

For those who are currently or have recently studied voice with a private teacher:
Three contrasting songs or arias, including at least one in Italian, French, or German.

For those who have never studied or not recently studied voice privately:
Two challenging vocal passages from pieces sung in high school choir--considered one piece; Hymn or National Anthem; and Music theatre piece or contemporary Christian song.

String, Woodwind, and Brass Players (including guitarists)

  1. Two contrasting (i.e., style, tempo) pieces from the standard classical solo literature
  2. Excerpts from ensemble literature (selections)

Percussionists

  1. Snare drum: an etude demonstrating your present level of technical ability (e.g., from Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone, Contemporary Studies for Snare Drum by Fred Albright, or 12 Etudes for the Snare Drum by Jacques Delecluse), rudiments, and orchestral style rolls at all dynamic levels
  2. Two of the following:
    1. Mallets: a two and/or four mallet solo demonstrating present level of technical ability and musicianship. Major and minor scales and arpeggios (with inversion)--two octaves up and down with right an/or left hand lead
    2. Timpani: a two-drum (or more) timpani solo (e.g., from The Modern Method for Timpani by Saul Goodman, The Solo Timpanist by Vic Firth or Technique for the Virtuoso Timpanist by Fred Hinger.) Demonstrate rolls at various dynamic levels and ability to tune to given pitches.
    3. Drum Set: demonstration of various styles (e.g., swing, funk, samba, bossa nova, mamba, waltz, rock, trading "fours" in 3/4 and 4/4.

Performance from memory is generally more impressive if the performer is secure; if not, the auditioners will listen to a performance from the score. Also, please submit three copies of each audition piece to the jury with your completed forms.

To schedule an audition, please contact Melody Velleuer at music@tiu.edu or (847) 317-7035.

Private Loans

This is a variable rate loan that students take out on their own behalf. This loan requires a credit check and generally, a cosigner. Interest rates vary depending on the lender. Please note that an alternative loan should be considered a loan of last resort.  You may qualify for Title IV loans (Perkins loans, William D. Ford Direct or Direct Plus) and should first explore these options before seeking an alternative/private education loan. 

Private loans should be considered a last resort. Find out why.

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Stover Opportunity Grant

This is a need-based grant awarded to full-time students. Amount varies depending on need.
Athletes & Musicians: The amount you are eligible for will be included in your major-based scholarship.

TEACH Grant

Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. For more information, please visit the TEACH Grant portion of the federal website.

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The Alan & Susan Ruud Academic and Leadership Scholarship

Multiple $20,000 and $15,000 tuition scholarships are awarded annually to entering freshman who provide evidence of high achievement in academics and leadership. The requirements to compete for these scholarships  are an un-weighted GPA* of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale and a 28 ACT or higher (1240 SAT or higher--Critical Reading and Math sections only).  These scholarships are competitive and are renewable for up to four years, based on academic performance (Trinity GPA of 3.5 or better) and continued progress toward completing Trinity's Honors Program. The competition for this invitation-only scholarship closes by mid-February. For more information, contact the Admissions Office.

The Dean’s Academic Scholarship

These $11,000 renewable scholarships are awarded to incoming students who have an un-weighted high school GPA* of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale or higher and an ACT score of between 22-27 (1050-1230 SAT, Critical Reading and Math sections).  Students can also qualify for this renewable scholarship with an ACT score of 26 or higher with a minimum un-weighted 2.75 high school GPA.

The iModules Client Scholarship

iModules partners with the Trinity International University  Alumni & Parent Relations staff to assist the university in ongoing networking and relationship building with the alumni community. iModules offers multiple $1,000 & $2,500 scholarships to students who attend the schools they partner with.

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The Kenneth Kantzer Honor Scholarship

Multiple $20,000 and $15,000 tuition awards are given each year to incoming freshmen who provide evidence of high academic achievement. The requirements to compete for these scholarships  are an un-weighted GPA* of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale and a 28 ACT or higher (1240 SAT or higher--Critical Reading and Math sections only).  These scholarships are competitive and are renewable for up to four years, based on academic performance (Trinity GPA of 3.5 or above) and continued progress toward completing Trinity's Honors Program. The competition for this invitation-only scholarship closes by mid-February. For more information, contact the Admissions Office.

The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

These scholarships are offered to recognize Phi Theta Kappa members for their outstanding merit achievement in college.  As such, TIU has developed the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship in order to reward this successful start in college. The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is a renewable award worth a total of $4,000 per year. This scholarship is stackable upon any other merit-based aid (i.e. Dean's or Presidential Scholarship). This is a new scholarship opportunity offered to students at the time of admission beginning with the Spring 2011 entering class and forward.

Special Requirements:

Available to transfer students that are members of Phi Theta Kappa.

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Phi Theta Kappa, an international honors society that recognizes two-year college students for their high academic achievement, is renowned for its leadership development and diverse representation across the globe.  This society includes over 1.5 million members, where approximately 100,000 students are inducted each year.

Trinity International University is excited to recognize Phi Theta Kappa members for their outstanding merit achievement in college.  As such, TIU has developed the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship in order to reward this successful start in college. The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is a renewable award worth a total of $4,000 per year. This scholarship is stackable upon any other merit-based aid (i.e. Dean's or Presidential Scholarship).

Eligibility and Renewability

Students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa will need to indicate this on the online application.  The scholarship itself does not have a separate application.  Instead, membership should be verified via official college transcripts or Phi Theta Kappa organization.

This Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship requires students to be listed as full-time and maintain a minimum of a 3.1 Grade Point Average while enrolled at TIU. 

For more information about this scholarship or the transfer process please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at tcadmissions@tiu.edu or (800) 822-3225.

The Presidential Academic Scholarship

These $12,000 renewable awards will be given each year to incoming students who have an ACT score of 28 or higher (1240 SAT, Critical Reading and Math sections) with a minimum un-weighted high school GPA between 3.25-3.75* or who have an un-weighted high school GPA of 4.0 on a 4.0 scale with a minimum ACT score of 20 (1000 SAT, Critical Reading and Math sections).

Transfer Dean's Scholarship

These $2,500 renewable scholarships are awarded to transfer students who have a cumulative college GPA between 3.00-3.49, regardless of ACT score or high school GPA.

A transfer student is someone who has taken college courses after graduating from high school. Contact your admissions counselor if you have questions about your status.

Transfer President's Scholarship

These $5,000 renewable scholarships are awarded to transfer students who have a cumulative college GPA of 3.50 or higher, regardless of ACT score or high school GPA.

A transfer student is someone who has taken college courses after graduating from high school. Contact your admissions counselor if you have questions about your status.

Trinity Church Partnership Grant

Awarded to new students who currently attend a church that gives a minimum financial gift to TIU each year. In order to receive the grant, students must be “approved” by the pastor as a regular attendee of the sending church. Please contact your church to determine if they participate. Award amount varies from $500-$2,000.

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Trinity Entitlement Grants

These grants are awarded to full-time students. Students may be eligible to receive a maximum of 3 of the following grants.
Athletes & Musicians: The amount you are eligible for will be included in your major-based scholarship.

  • Family Educational Opportunity Grant: This $500 grant is awarded to students who have other family members pursuing a degree as a full-time student at Trinity.
  • Diversity Grant: This grant supports ethnic diversity at Trinity by awarding $500 to non-Caucasian U.S. citizens.
  • Alumni Grant: This $500 grant is awarded to students with at least one parent who graduated from Trinity.
  • Christian Service Grant:  This grant supports pastors or missionaries by awarding $500 to their son or daughter who is attending Trinity.
  • Evangelical Free Church Grant:  This $1,000 grant is awarded to students who are members or regular attendees at an Evangelical Free Church.

Trinity Out-of-State Grant

This is a need-based grant awarded to full-time students who are non-Illinois residents with an EFC less than $9,000. The maximum amount of this award is $3,000.
Athletes & musicians: The amount you are eligible for will be included in your athletic scholarship.

William D. Ford Direct Loan Program

This is a low-interest loan taken out by the student. The FAFSA must be completed in order to be eligible. Interest rate for both the Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans: 6.8 percent. Repayment begins six months after graduation or if the student drops below half-time status. The Subsidized Loan is based on need, and interest is paid by the government while the student is in school; interest on the Unsubsidized Loan begins to accrue upon disbursement of funds.  

The Federal Government requires all new, first-time borrowers to complete Loan Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note. Please click here for more information and to complete these two loan steps.