Scholarships and Aid
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Earliest date to submit the FAFSA Beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-18 FAFSA, you – and your parent(s), as appropriate – will report your 2015 income and tax information, rather than your 2016 income and tax information.
Illinois Residents: Submit your FAFSA as close to October1 as possible for a better chance to receive the State of IL MAP Grant.
Deadline for FAFSA submission to receive priority consideration for Trinity financial aid.
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About Financial Aid
We believe there is great value in the education you will receive at Trinity College, and so we work hard to make it affordable. 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 work for your family.
In addition to Trinity scholarships, we can help you find outside scholarships and grants. Contact your Admissions Counselor for assistance.
Academic Scholarship Competition
Invited students will have the opportunity to compete for the Presidential or Kantzer Scholarships to Trinity College (covering tuition, room, board, and required fees), the Regents or Ruud Scholarships (full tuition and required fees), the Dean’s Scholarships ($20,000), and the Faculty Scholarships ($17,000).
In order to be considered for this opportunity, students must be accepted to the Trinity College Honors Program OR possess a CGPA of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale and a 28 ACT or higher (1240 SAT or higher – Critical Reading, Math). These scholarships are competitive and are renewable for up to four years, based on academic performance (Trinity GPA of 3.5 or better).The competition for this invitation-only scholarship program closes by mid-January. Students can request to compete or contact their Enrollment Counselor for more information.
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.
Awana Missionary Scholarship
Trinity values the ministry of those serving with Awana and seeks to make an undergraduate education at Trinity more affordable for these families. The Awana Missionary Scholarship provides eligible students with 50% off of tuition in total gift aid from Trinity, including any academic, athletic, or music scholarships for which a student may be eligible. To qualify for the Awana Missionary Scholarship, a full-time student must be the son or daughter of an Awana Missionary serving full-time in this ministry (international or domestic).
EFCA Ordained Family Scholarship
The EFCA Ordained Family Scholarship provides eligible new students with $17,000 in total gift aid from Trinity International University, including any academic, athletic, music, pastor referral, 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, currently serving in some form of full time Christian work, OR the parent may be ordained through a different organization, and currently serving full time within an EFCA affiliated ministry (church, mission work, etc.).
Students receiving the EFCA Ordained Scholarship are guaranteed to receive a total of $17,000 in gift aid from Trinity each year they remain a full-time student at Trinity College. They also maintain eligibility for our Church Match Grant program (through which up to $1,000 provided by the church will be matched by Trinity); this is the only additional Trinity gift aid that can be added to this $17,000 award.
University Academic Scholarship
When you apply to Trinity College, you will automatically be considered for one of our academic scholarships. These renewable scholarships are offered to incoming students based on ACT or SAT test scores and GPA.
|ACT or SAT* and High School GPA||Award Amount per year|
|ACT 28 or higher (1310 SAT) and HS GPA minimum 3.00 OR HS GPA minimum 4.0 and ACT 20 or higher (1020 SAT).||$12,000|
|ACT 22 or higher (1100 SAT) and HS GPA minimum 3.25 OR ACT 26 or higher (1240 SAT) and HS GPA minimum 2.75.||$11,000|
|ACT 22 or higher (1100 SAT) and HS GPA minimum 2.75 OR HS GPA minimum 3.25 and ACT 20 or higher (1020 SAT).||$10,000|
*Critical Reading and Math sections.
University Transfer Academic Scholarship
When you apply to Trinity College, you will automatically be considered for one of our academic scholarships. These renewable scholarships are offered to incoming transfer students based upon the cumulative college GPA. A transfer student is someone who has taken college courses after graduating from high school. Contact your Enrollment Counselor if you have question about your status.
|Transfer GPA||Award Amount per year|
|Cumulative college GPA minimum 3.50 or higher.||$6,000|
|Cumulative college GPA minimum 3.00-3.49.||$3,500|
The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
These scholarships are offered to recognize Phi Theta Kappa members for their outstanding merit achievement in college. As such, we have 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.
Available to transfer students that are members of Phi Theta Kappa.
Students who earn the Timothy, Meritorious, or Citation award may be eligible for an Awana Scholarship. Trinity must receive documentation from Awana verifying the achievement of this award. The scholarship will be awarded based on the highest achievement level. Student must be enrolled full-time at Trinity in a degree-seeking program.
To request a verification letter of the Awana award achieved, please contact the Awana National office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Generation Scholarship
This need-based scholarship opportunity is available to first-generation college students. Student must have an ACT 22 or higher (1050 SAT) and HS GPA minimum 2.75 OR HS GPA minimum 3.25 and ACT 20 or higher (950 SAT).
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.
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.
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.
Trinity Church Partnership Grant
Awarded to students who currently attend a church that gives a minimum financial gift to Trinity 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. New students should fill out the first-time application below; returning students who have received this grant before should complete the renewal form below.
Trinity College Grants (non-merit)
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.
Christian High School Partnership Grant
Trinity values the partnerships with area Christian High School’s in the integration of faith and learning. Student must graduate from one of our partner high schools.
Church Match Grant
This grant is available to both graduate and undergraduate students. If your church donates funds toward your education Trinity 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.
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.
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 $5,730.
State of Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant
This is a need-based grant used to pay for tuition and mandatory fees. The maximum amount of this award is $4,720.
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.
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).
Golden Apple Scholarship Grant
Beginning in April of their junior year and continuing through November of their senior year, any Illinois high school student who is interested in a teaching career is eligible for the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program. To apply, students must first be nominated for the program by a teacher, counselor, principal or other non-family adult. Students may also self-nominate.
William D. Ford Direct Student 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: 4.66%. 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.
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.
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 7.21%. 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.
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.
Am I eligible?
Eligibility for Trinity scholarships and grants is determined at the time of admission as a first-time freshman or new incoming transfer student (unless otherwise specified) and is based on the current awards available at the time of admission.
Can I lose my scholarship?
Students will continue to receive these awards each academic year as long as they are still meeting any required criteria to maintain the awards.