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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. 

Trinity: Cost of Attendance 2016-17

ExpenseOn CampusOff Campus
$36,108 $38,736
Tuition $16,800* $16,800*
Books 900 900
Fee 660 (estimate) 660 (estimate)
Transportation 2,013 2,013
Personal/Misc 6,654 6,654
Food 5,346 5,346
Rent 3,735** 6,363***
* Tuition for Trinity Lutheran Seminary is $560 an hour. Many full-time students will take 30 hours in 9 months which will be $16,800. 
** Based on living on campus in efficiency suites
*** Based on average rent reported for students living off campus

The above budgets were constructed by using the moderate budget standards for metropolitan areas from The College Board. They include estimates for room, board, rent, utilities, transportation, clothing, entertainment, children’s school expenses, insurance other than student, debt payments, etc. Miscellaneous personal includes: Recreation/entertainment, household supplies, personal hygiene, haircuts, cosmetics, clothing, and dry cleaning/laundry.