Office of Financial Aid

Funding Education, Enabling Discernment

Trinity is committed to working with students on an individual basis to make a theological education possible. It is Trinity’s goal that graduates will be able to accept calls wherever there is a need, without the burden of large educational debt.

Through substantial support of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, individual and organizational donors, and Trinity’s endowment fund, tuition costs are kept at a reasonable level.

Financial Aid Eligibility

A student must be registered for at least six semester hours in the fall or spring to be considered a half-time student during one of those terms. Enrollment as an auditor does not establish eligibility for financial aid, and courses audited will not be counted in determining a student’s status. A student who has completed all the requirements for the degree is no longer eligible for financial aid.

A student must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress in order to maintain eligibility for financial aid. Satisfactory academic progress standards are listed in the course catalog.

Students who are required to register with Selective Service and fail to do so are ineligible to receive federal aid.

Certain students are randomly selected for verification. These students will be notified by the Director of Financial Aid and given the necessary forms to complete. Financial aid will not be finalized until all requested documentation is received.

You may be eligible for additional financial aid budgetary allowances for: commuting from a primary residence while residing in our efficiency suite during the week. 

Financial Aid Packages

Applications for financial aid from students expecting to enroll in the fall are due to the financial aid office by May 1. After that date all financial aid applications from students will be reviewed in the order received. Students must apply each year for renewal of financial aid. Students should contact the Director of Financial Aid early in the application process to discuss particular situations and needs.

Trinity’s financial aid package consists of free scholarship funds, Federal Direct Loans, and federal work study eligibility.

Upon completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a student may go to and complete promissory note for the Federal Direct Loan program. Entrance counseling is also required at this site if you have never borrowed a federal loan.

Students are counseled by the Director of Financial Aid regarding loan indebtedness, and additional loans are considered only if all other resources have been exhausted.

Trinity offers generous amounts of merit and need-based scholarships to students.

Employment of eligible students in Federal Work study positions is available on and off campus. These positions are specifically chosen for the learning and serving experience provided. All available positions are posted on a bulletin board outside the Financial Aid Office. First-year students are encouraged to limit their part-time employment to 10-15 hours per week.

Student Accounts and Refunds


Students will be billed each term by the business office. All charges and fees are payable upon receipt of a statement from the business office. For purposes of billing, the J-term and spring terms are considered one term. Thus, students should plan on making two payments during the regular academic year; “term,” as used in this catalog section, refers to the two periods: (1) fall term and (2) combined J-term and spring terms. Registration for subsequent terms will not be permitted until all amounts owed have been paid or satisfactory arrangements for such payment have been made with the Business Office. Students will not be permitted to graduate unless all charges have been paid in full.

A refund may be made to a student who does not complete a full term, based on the date of formal notification of withdrawal or the date on which the seminary formally determines that the student is dismissed or suspended and notifies him or her of this action. The seminary will retain a percentage of the tuition, fees, and other charges paid equal to the percentage of time for which the student was enrolled for the first 60% of the term. After 60% of the term is completed, no reduction of charges will be made. Refund of any monies to the student will be governed by the Federal Refund Policy as described in the Financial Aid section of this catalog. The seminary may retain reasonable additional fees, not to exceed $100, to cover application, enrollment, registration, and similar costs.

A student who withdraws from an individual course during a term will be charged tuition proportionately.


It is assumed that a student who enrolls at Trinity will remain for the entire term. When a student finds it necessary to withdraw from all classes during the term, Trinity may provide a partial refund of charges.

Federal Stafford Loans are disbursed on the assumption that a student completes the academic term for which the loan is granted. If a student does not complete an academic term, the Federal Refund Policy governs how much federal aid the student is eligible for:
During the first 60% of the term, a student “earns” federal funds in direct proportion to the length of time he/she remains enrolled. A student who remains enrolled beyond the 60% point “earns” all aid for the term.

A worksheet will be used by the Director of Financial Aid to determine the portion of Direct Loan funds to be returned to the federal program.

No return of federal funds is necessary for a student who withdraws from the seminary after 60% of the term is completed; the student enters repayment for those funds. The student must follow proper withdrawal procedures as described in the section on Withdrawal in the Trinity Academic Catalog.

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


As part of applying for financial aid at Trinity, you must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can fill out your FAFSA online by leaving this site and going to the U.S. Department of Education web site. The address is

If you don't already have a PIN, apply for one now at You'll need a PIN to electronically sign your FAFSA. Your PIN is confidential and should not be shared with anyone. The Financial Aid office prefers you file your federal taxes first so that you may access them with the FAFSA data retrieval tool.

There is no cost to apply for federal student aid, and free help is available. If you need help completing your application, click the "CHAT" link on any screen to chat online with a Customer Service Representative, or Call 1-800-4-FED-AID to speak to a Customer Service Representative. Once you've completed your application, review your answers carefully and, if necessary, correct them before submitting your FAFSA. Sign your FAFSA. You can sign electronically with your PIN, print a paper signature page to sign and mail in, or wait for a signature page to arrive in the mail. Submit your application by selecting the "Submit my FAFSA now" button on the very last page of the form. Once you submit your application, you'll be taken to a Confirmation Page that shows your confirmation number and estimated Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your school will use your EFC to determine the types and amounts of aid you're eligible to receive. Print a copy of the Confirmation Page for your records.

Off-Campus Scholarships

Fall 2017-Spring 2018

To apply for the scholarships listed, contact the sponsoring organization directly. Scholarships are listed by category. Students are encouraged to apply each year for scholarships, even if they have not been granted the award in previous years. Also, please note that while some scholarships are restricted to students with certain qualifying criteria, others merely give extra weight to those factors. Deadlines for scholarships change from year to year. If you discover deadlines or details are different than this information, please let the financial aid office know so we can update our information.


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