Financial Assistance Overview
The Financial Aid Office assists students in applying for and securing financial assistance when family resources are insufficient to meet educational expenses. For those who qualify, financial aid is a source of monetary support provided by various agencies, such as: federal, state, and local governments, the university, community organizations, and private corporations or individuals.
- Federal and state grants are awards based on financial need, as determined by the FAFSA and do not have to be repaid.
- Institutional Scholarships are based upon merit, special talent, or financial need, and do not have to be repaid. Scholarship opportunities vary by academic program and campus location. Please view the pages within this section of the catalog for more information or visit our website at: www.tiu.edu.
- Student loans are available to students and/or their parents at low-interest rates with the option to defer repayment until graduation or after the student drops below halftime.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants must have a FSA ID in order to complete the FAFSA process. Please note that the FSA ID is used each year for filing, signing the FAFSA electronically and to access FAFSA records online. A renewal FAFSA must be submitted for each subsequent year of enrollment. Earliest date to file the FAFSA for the proceeding academic year is October 1st.
Trinity International University FAFSA School Codes:
- Deerfield Campus: 001772
- Florida Regional Center: 012314
- Trinity Law School: E00961
Financial Aid Office Contact Information
Please contact the appropriate campus location below for questions regarding financial aid:
Deerfield Campus: Student Financial Services
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4: 30 p.m., CST
Florida Regional Center: Financial Aid
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., EST
Trinity Law School: Business Office
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., PST
The Higher Education Act of 2008 (HEOA 2008) provides for the distribution of certain kinds of information to all enrolled students. To view our consumer information, please visit our website.
Federal Grants and Loans
Trinity participates in all Title IV financial aid programs offered by the U.S. Department of Education. By completing a FAFSA, you will be considered for federal aid programs such as the Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study Program, the Perkins Loan and Direct Loan programs. Eligibility and availability of these federal aid programs is based upon academic program and campus location.
Certificate Studies: Students enrolled in a certificate program are not eligible to receive federal or state student aid funds.
Extension Sites: Students seeking a degree and enrolled at least half time may be eligible to borrow funds through the Direct Student Loan Program.
Federal Grants for Undergraduate Students
Federal Pell Grant
Awarded to students for help in paying tuition and education-related costs. Eligibility for this need-based grant is based on the results of the FAFSA. Grant amount varies. Maximum award in 2018-19: $5,920.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Awarded to students for help in paying tuition and mandatory fees. Eligibility for this need-based grant is based on the results of the FAFSA. Awards range from $100 to $1,400 per academic year. This program has limited funding, so it is strongly recommended that students apply early.
Federal TEACH Grant (Deerfield Campus Only)
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.
FSAG Grant (Florida Regional Center Only)
The Federal Student Assistance Grant (FSAG) Program is a need-based grant program available to degree-seeking, resident, undergraduate students who demonstrate substantial financial need and are enrolled in participating post-secondary institutions. (Based on availability of funds at Trinity, first come first serve basis).
Student Loan Assistance
The terms of, the schedules for, and the necessity of loan repayment and required loan entrance (first-time borrowers) and exit counseling, and terms and conditions under which student loan deferments may be requested may be viewed on the federal student aid website.
Loan funds are intended to meet education-related expenses only. We encourage you to limit borrowing, not to exceed your educationally related needs. Education-related expenses may include books and supplies, housing, food, childcare, and transportation.
A student/parent may view their personal student loan history and total indebtedness by logging into the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). Please note that loan information will be submitted to NSLDS and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system
The University Academic Records Office must consider students at least half-time to qualify for Federal Student Loans.
Federal Direct Student Loan
A low-interest student loan, FAFSA completion is required. The borrower receives a six month grace period after graduation or when dropping below half-time status before repayment begins. The amount that a student may borrow is based upon grade level and academic program.
New borrowers are required to complete the following at www.studentloans.gov:
- Online Entrance Counseling
- Master Promissory Note
Trinity Law School Students: Please also complete the Loan Eligibility Wizard on your TrinityOnline Student Account.
Federal Direct Parental Loan to Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
A low-interest loan that parents borrow on the dependent student’s behalf. FAFSA completion is required to determine eligibility. Repayment begins within sixty days after the loan is fully disbursed. Parents may elect to defer repayment until six months after the student graduates or drops below half-time enrollment. A parent may apply for a loan amount up to the Cost of Attendance (COA) less any other financial aid. We encourage parents to borrow only the amount needed to cover educationally related expenses. For more information and to apply visit www.studentloans.gov.
For applicants with adverse credit: You may still be eligible for a Parent PLUS loan if initially dismissed. Visit the FSA website for more information.
Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan is a low-interest loan that graduate students may borrow on their own behalf. FAFSA completion is required to determine eligibility. 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.
A student may apply for a loan amount up to the Cost of Attendance (COA) less any other financial aid. We encourage students to borrow only the amount needed to cover educationally related expenses. For more information and to apply visit www.studentloans.gov.
Trinity Law School Students: Please refer to the Eligibility Calculations done through TrinityOnline for maximum amounts.
In addition to the Grad PLUS Loan application, new borrowers are required to complete the following at www.studentloans.gov:
- Online Entrance Counseling
- Grad Master Promissory Note
For applicants with adverse credit:You may still be eligible for a Grad PLUS loan if initially dismissed. Visit the FSA website for more information.
Bar Study Loans
Creditworthy JD students or those with a creditworthy cosigner may be eligible for bar study loans, which are private educational loans that can be used to cover the costs associated with bar preparation courses and bar exam expenses. Different lenders have varying requirements, interest rates, and borrowing limits. Generally, the maximum loan is $15,000.
Bar study loans should be researched, applied for, and procured entirely by the student; they are not considered part of your financial aid package. This means the loans will be sent via paper check to the borrower directly, not through Trinity.
The following links will take you to common bar loan lender websites:
Trinity courses are approved for the training of veterans. Students who intend to apply for benefits should contact the appropriate VA certifying official indicated below.
For more information regarding veteran's benefits, please visit www.vba.va.gov.
VA Certifying Official by Campus Location:
Deerfield Campus Certifying Official: Nicole Kelleher
Florida Regional Center Certifying Official: Dennis Martinez
Trinity Law School Certifying Official: Jennifer Tracy
Standards of Progress
An enrolled student receiving VA education benefits is subject to all established regulations as outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations. As such, a student receiving VA benefits must meet the satisfactory academic standards established by the university to continue receiving benefits. For more information, please review the appropriate pages within this section of the catalog, titled Satisfactory Academic Progress. Please note that the veteran will be held to the pass/fail course threshold specific to their campus of attendance/academic program:
In accordance with the Standards of Progress CFR 21.4253(b)(3), Trinity maintains a written record of previous education and training of the veteran or eligible person which clearly indicates that appropriate credit has been given by the school for previous education and training, with the training period shortened proportionately. The record is cumulative in that the results of each enrollment period (semester) must be included so that it shows each subject undertaken and the final result, i.e., passed, failed, incomplete or withdrawn.
In order to appropriately evaluate transfer credits, all veteran’s benefits recipients must provide Trinity with official transcripts for all prior education without exception.
Veteran students (i.e. any VA benefit recipient) must notify the Trinity Certifying Official (SCO) of any changes to their enrollment. If a veteran student withdraws from a course, the corresponding certification will be terminated and the effective date/last date of attendance will be reported accordingly. Depending on the circumstances, a withdrawal will likely result in an overpayment of VA benefits. If an overpayment is created by the withdrawal, the veteran student will be notified in writing by the VA's Debt Management Center (DMC). The veteran student is required to send via fax, e-mail, or mail a copy of the DMC notice to the TIU School Certifying Official. This enables Trinity to comply with the VA balances and credit the student's account where appropriate. This is applicable to student initiated withdrawals, administrative withdrawals, individual course withdrawals, and withdrawals from the program. Contact the SCO for more information.
Trinity College Scholarships and Grants
The financial aid office determines Trinity scholarship and grant assistance for new students using FAFSA information, along with the information provided during the admission application process. A FAFSA is not required, however, a student cannot be considered for any need-based aid without the submission of this application.
- Eligibility for Trinity-based scholarships and grants is determined at the time of admission as a first-time freshman or as a new incoming transfer student (unless otherwise specified) and is based on the current awards available at the time of admission. If a new Trinity scholarship is implemented at a later point, currently enrolled students will not be considered for the awards. Students will continue to receive the scholarships they have been awarded each academic year as long as they are still meeting any required criteria to maintain the awards.
- A student must be enrolled full-time each semester in a degree-seeking program in order to maintain Trinity scholarship eligibility.
Illinois State Grant for Undergraduate Students
Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP)
The Illinois State MAP Grant is a need-based grant through the State of Illinois providing assistance to Illinois resident students. Financial need is determined based upon the submitted FAFSA. MAP grants are applied toward tuition and mandatory fees for undergraduate students, not to exceed the maximum award amount for the academic year. Maximum award in 2018-19: $4,869. For more information, please visit the Illinois state website.
Trinity College Merit-based Scholarships
Many students qualify for scholarships that are based on merit, including academic achievement and leadership. Merit awards are determined automatically through the admissions process. (A student may receive only one merit-based scholarship.)
Presidential Scholars Weekend
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.
A student must maintain at least a 3.5 CGPA while enrolled at Trinity.
University Academic Scholarship
These scholarships require outstanding academic performance. Incoming freshmen students are eligible for one of these scholarship's when they meet the following requirements:
or 4.0 with 20 ACT min/1000 SAT min
or 3.25 with 20 ACT min/950 SAT min
Incoming transfer students are eligible for one of these scholarship's when they meet the following requirements:
|A student must maintain the following CGPA standards in order to maintain their academic award (for freshman and transfer students). These standards are monitored at the end of each academic year:|
|Level 1||3.2 CGPA|
|Level 2||3.0 CGPA|
|Level 3||2.75 CGPA|
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. This 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. University Academic Scholarship). The student must maintain at least a 3.1 CGPA while enrolled at Trinity.
Trinity College Ability-based Scholarships
Emerging Kingdom Leadership Scholarship (EKL)
Annual awards worth $1,000 per year are given to incoming freshmen who have been accepted into the Emerging Kingdom Leaders Program.
Music Ensemble Scholarships
Awards are given to full-time students demonstrating outstanding musical abilities. 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 in the Music Department are both required. Scholarships are given to incoming freshmen and returning/transfer students by recommendation of the Music Department. Note that all students interested in participating in the Music Department ensembles, regardless of major, are eligible to audition for a Music Ensemble Scholarship.
Trinity participates in NAIA intercollegiate athletics and offers scholarships to full-time student-athletes. Participation is required. Awards are based on the recommendation of the Trinity Athletic Director and coaches. Please note: The amount of an athletic scholarship includes all institutional awards for which a student might otherwise be qualified, excluding academic scholarships.
Other Trinity College Scholarships
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.
Awana Missionary Scholarship
This 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, a full-time student must be the son or daughter of an Awana missionary serving full-time in this ministry (international or domestic). Inquire with Student Financial Services regarding the required application.
First Generation Scholarship
This need-based scholarship opportunity is available to first-generation college students. A 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). Award range: $1,000 to $3,000.
EFCA Ministry Family Scholarship
Awarded to a full-time student who is the son or daughter of a parent currently serving in a local Free Church, as a Free Church missionary, or a parent currently serving full-time with ReachGlobal. New students receiving the EFCA Ministry Family Scholarship are guaranteed to receive a total of $17,000 in gift aid from Trinity each year they maintain eligibility. Inquire with Student Financial Services regarding the required application.
The Timber-lee Scholarship provides eligible first-time students enrolling at Trinity with $17,000 in total Trinity scholarship assistance, including any academic, athletic, music or pastor referral scholarships for which a student might be eligible. To qualify for the scholarship, a full-time student must have served as Summer Staff or Intern the year or summer prior to enrolling at Trinity. Inquire with Student Financial Services regarding the required application.
Waybright International Scholarship
Awarded to international students. New students receiving the Waybright International Scholarship are guaranteed to receive a total of $14,000 in Trinity scholarship assistance each year they maintain eligibility. This scholarship amount includes any academic aid that the student may qaulify for.
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.
Church Match Grant
If your church donates funds toward your education Trinity will match that donation up to $1,000 for each academic year. Applications and church support checks must be received before the first day of classes. The required form can be found on our website.
Trinity College Grants (non-merit)
- 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: This $1,000 grant is awarded to students that have graduated from one of our partner high schools.
- Campus Visit Grant: This $500 one-time grant is awarded to students visiting campus from out of state who visit campus or attend an event through the Admissions Office (available only to non-Illinois residents). This grant is awarded upon first-time enrollment at Trinity College.
Endowed and Annual Scholarships
The following award amounts may vary depending upon funding levels.
The Alumni Scholarship
An annual award is presented to a returning junior or senior who is the son or daughter of an alumnus and who demonstrates outstanding academic endeavor, exceptional school spirit, and consistent application of his or her faith in Jesus Christ. Applications are available in the Alumni & Parent Relations Office.
The Darnell Martin Award and Scholarship
An annual award is presented to an outstanding student-athlete. It is given as a memorial to Darnell Martin, who exhibited true leadership and an unfettered commitment to excellence.
The Diane Hauser-Grell Award
An annual award presented to a returning junior who demonstrates potential in the business field and exhibits a strong Christian commitment. The award is given in memory of Diane Hauser-Grell, class of 1973, whose life demonstrated excellence and Christian commitment until she went to be with the Lord in 1986.
Elmer H. and Esther L. Lindquist Memorial Scholarship
An award is given to a student majoring in psychology. The recipient will be chosen jointly by the Psychology Department and the Office of Student Financial Services. The scholarship is not automatically renewable.
Gwendolyn Voss Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a female who demonstrates her love for the Lord and a desire to serve Him. The recipient should evidence a quiet noncompetitive spirit and a desire to help those who are disadvantaged.
James Lew Memorial Scholarship
Award based on financial need. The recipient must be a junior or senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
The Janis L. Carlson Elementary Education Scholarship
An annual award of $1,000 (or more) given to a full-time student majoring in Elementary Education. The recipient is chosen by the Office of Student Financial Services on the recommendation of the Elementary Education faculty. It is intended that the student receive this scholarship annually until graduation, but not to exceed four years.
Living Faith Scholarship
An annual scholarship awarded to a returning junior or senior who demonstrates financial need. The selection shall be based primarily on evangelical faith and character. Preference is given to children of individuals who are engaged in full-time Christian service.
Mephibosheth Endowed Scholarship
A renewable scholarship established by Fellowship Homes Inc. in memory of Peter DeKorte for full-time students who have a physical impairment that is likely to continue indefinitely. Applicants are required to include a letter explaining their impairment and the likelihood of employment during the academic year. This scholarship is renewable.
Peter Lu Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a returning sophomore or junior student majoring in chemistry or biology who, in the judgment of the science faculty, demonstrates the qualities that Peter Lu exemplified in scholarship, leadership, and Christian character.
Additional Financial Aid Options and Special Programs:
Summer Courses - Tuition Remission
Qualifications for tuition-free summer courses:
Enrolled full-time at Trinity in the two semesters (ie. fall/spring) immediately preceding the summer term
ACT composite of 20 or higher (or SAT equivalent)
3.0 TIU GPA, calculated after fall semester for the following summer (e.g. minimum 3.0 after fall 2017 qualifies for summer 2018)
Be enrolled at Trinity in further undergraduate coursework the following fall semester - FA18 (unless graduating).
Those who meet the qualifications above will receive tuition remission for up to 12 credits (4, 3-hour courses) in the summer months, in a combination of the following:
100% tuition remission for one May term course and
100% tuition remission for up to two online courses in each of the two summer online terms.
A course technology fee will apply to each online course; the tuition remission does not cover this fee.
Summer Internships, Guided Studies, and Independent Studies are not covered by the tuition remission.
Courses associated with The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity’s Annual Summer Conference are not covered by the tuition remission.
Advance: Pre-Seminary Studies Scholarship Opportunities
Students admitted to the Advance: Pre-Seminary program are eligible to receive up to $18,000 in scholarship assistance while pursuing the undergraduate portion of this program (includes eligibility for any level of our University Academic Scholarships). This scholarship assistance is awarded in addition to any federal or state assistance for which a student may qualify.
Important Advance Scholarship Policies:
- This award cannot be stacked with any other Trinity scholarship/grant (including Presidential Scholars Weekend awards, or any other entitlement/need-based awards), except for Church Match.
- The Advance Scholarship at the Graduate Level is awarded at $7,000 per academic year.
- This scholarship assistance is not available during the summer months.
- Church Match Grant Program (see church match form):
Undergraduate Level – Trinity will match up to $2,000 for contributions given by any church per academic year.
Graduate Level – Trinity will match up to $3,000 for contributions given by any church per academic year.
- A student must maintain the standards of the honors program to retain the Advance Scholarship. If a student decides to drop the Advance: Pre-Seminary program at any point and/or is unable to maintain the required standards of the honors program, Trinity scholarship eligibility will be re-evaluated at that time.
Dual Degree Students: Financial Aid and Billing Guidelines:
Undergraduate Portion of Degree Program: While a dual degree student is pursuing the undergraduate portion of their degree program, they will be awarded undergraduate aid eligibility. A student's loan eligibility follows undergraduate loan limit guidelines for any given award year.
Federal/State Aid*: Students' undergraduate aid will be calculated based on credits taken that count toward the undergraduate program according to the catalog description of the dual degree program. Therefore, the students’ will receive federal and state grant funds (if eligible) for graduate courses that count toward their undergraduate requirements.
IL State MAP Grant Recipients: A student may still receive MAP grant funds when enrolled in less than 15 credit hours - the grant is prorated based upon the proration schedule mandated by the State.
Institutional Aid & Tuition: As long as the student is enrolled full-time (12-18) between their graduate and undergraduate courses, they are charged the flat Trinity College block tuition rate and are eligible to receive their full-time institutional aid eligibility.
Summer: Students will not be eligible for any Institutional grants or scholarships during the summer months due to the discounted summer tuition rate. However, any remaining student federal grant and loan eligibility from the previous award year may be utilized. Student’s will be charged the undergraduate summer tuition rate, as long as they have not yet completed all of their undergraduate requirements for their program
Graduate Portion of Degree Program: If a student has completed all requirements necessary for their undergraduate degree and is only working on the graduate portion of their degree, the student will be awarded graduate financial aid eligibility. Additional aid considerations for dual degree students are as follows:
Federal/State Aid: Students will be eligible for graduate level loan amounts and limits. Students are no longer eligible for undergraduate federal/state grants.
Institutional Aid: Students will receive scholarships from Trinity based on the percentage of scholarship aid they received as an undergraduate student (with the exception of aid specific programs, such as Advance). For example, if a student received 40% off tuition in scholarship aid as an undergraduate student, then as a full-time graduate student they will receive 40% off tuition (percentage not to exceed 50%).
Tuition: graduate level courses will be charged at the current year graduate tuition rate.
Transcripts: Students pursuing a dual degree program will receive two separate academic transcripts.
TEDS & TGS Scholarships and Grants
For consideration of TEDS and TGS scholarships and grants, students are encouraged to complete the appropriate scholarship application:
- New students: Submit the following application prior to the start of their first semester, Scholarship Application for Incoming Students.
- Continuing students: Submit the following application annually in the spring semester, TEDS/TGS Returning Financial Aid Application.
Additional information concerning the various grants and scholarships offered by Trinity, including the application, can be found on our website.
All Trinity scholarship opportunities indicated on this page are designed specifically for Divinity School and Graduate School students pursuing a degree on the Deerfield Campus. Extension Site students are not eligible for Trinity scholarship consideration, and are therefore not required to complete the Trinity scholarship application. Most scholarships and grants are not available during the summer term.
Financial aid is available to part-time students. Students who are enrolled at least half time (5 hours) will be eligible to receive institutional financial aid on a pro-rated schedule:
|Hours Per Semester||Scholarship Amount|
|10 or more hours, master's level||100%|
|9 or more hours, doctoral level||100%|
|5-9 hours, master's level||50%|
|5-8 hours, doctoral level||50%|
Please note that certain courses/credits cannot be included in the hours needed to achieve half-time or full-time status for purposes of calculating Trinity scholarship eligibility. Extension site courses are charged at a reduced rate, thus these courses cannot be combined with regularly priced courses to establish TIU scholarship eligibility.
Scholarships and Grants
Academic Scholarship Program
This scholarship is available to new Master of Divinity students who have an incoming GPA of 3.25 or higher and who have demonstrated academic excellence, ministerial service, and potential for leadership. Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA and enroll in at least 10 residential hours each semester while at Trinity. Visit teds.edu/scholarshipprogram to read about and apply for this scholarship program.
Carl F. H. Henry Scholarship
In honor of Carl F. H. Henry, a longtime faculty member at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School who valued Christian thinking that makes a difference in the academy, our churches, and the world, a limited number of scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing a theological degree in the amount of $7,500. This is Trinity's highest award. New students are recommended by the Admissions committee based a minimum GPA of 3.75, along with their overall qualifications and potential to make a significant contribution to the evangelical community. This scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarships. The student must be enrolled in at least 10 semester hours on the Deerfield campus and must maintain a 3.5 GPA.
Mosaic Ministries Scholarship
This scholarship is available to new master’s program students on our Deerfield campus who are committed to the gospel ministry of reconciliation, have an incoming GPA of 3.0, and a willingness to participate in Mosaic Ministries during their time at Trinity. Visit teds.edu/mosaic to read about, and apply for, this scholarship. Award amount offered at 50% off of regular tuition rate.
EFCA Church Planting Scholarship
Scholarship applicants must meet all admissions requirements to the TEDS MDiv degree program and be nominated by their district prior to matriculation. Scholarship recipients will be awarded a $5,000 annual Church Planting Scholarship.
This $5,000 scholarship is available to master’s-level students who have an incoming GPA of 3.5 or higher and display strategic leadership potential. Students must maintain a 3.25 GPA and enroll in at least 10 residential hours each semester while at Trinity.
Chaplaincy Scholarship Program
Students in the chaplain career field of the armed services are eligible to receive a minimum of $4,500 in Trinity scholarships. Students must be approved as a Chaplain Candidate and accepted into TEDS. This scholarship cannot be combined with any other Trinity Scholarships. Students must provide a signed statement from the recruiter/commissioned officer certifying that the student is a chaplain candidate, including date the candidate was commissioned.
For new students, eligibility is based on the transcript of the most recently completed degree (undergraduate or graduate) with a minimum GPA of 3.2. For returning students, eligibility is based on an evaluation of the student’s cumulative GPA at Trinity. The maximum annual award is $2,500.
Helga Henry Scholarship
In honor of Helga Henry, an educator and author who taught in colleges and seminaries for more than twenty-five years, a limited number of scholarships are given to outstanding female candidates who show exceptional leadership potential. Students entering into TEDS Counseling Programs can receive up to $1,500 per year and students entering into TEDS theological programs can receive up to $2,500 per year.
Global Impact Scholarship
This scholarship is available to international master’s-level students who have demonstrated a commitment to serve in crucial locations, organizations, or roles that will impact the global church. Award amount various up to $2,000 per year.
Graduate Leadership Scholarship
A limited number of scholarships are awarded to students with evidence of outstanding leadership potential in the evangelical community. Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000.
Waybright International Student Grant
International students who are not U.S. citizens are considered candidates for this award. This grant is based on a combination of academic merit and financial need and is not available during the first year of study. If interested, please contact the International Student and Scholar Office at 847.317.4063.
This grant celebrates ethnic diversity at Trinity by awarding up $1,000 per year to students of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority populations enrolled in any master’s degree program. Student must be a U.S. citizen.
Trinity highly values the partnerships we share with the Evangelical Free Church of America. This grant is awarded up $1,000 to students who are members and regular attendees of an Evangelical Free Church.
Graduate Assistantships (Athletic)
A limited number of graduate assistant positions are available to new graduate students through the Trinity Athletic Department. This program is not available to current graduate students. A graduate assistantship is valued up to 50% of tuition, and cannot be combined with any other institutional aid except a Church Match Grant. Contact the Athletic Department for more information.
Campus Visit Grant
Trinity will provide a one time grant of $250 to all scheduled and approved admissions visitors. Trinity will provide a one time grant of $500 to all registered participants of Explore. This grant will be awarded to first-year full-time students who enroll in their first-degree program on the Deerfield campus. Students may receive only one (1) campus visit grant.
Church Match Grant
Donations given by a church to help support a student’s education will be matched by Trinity. Please see the Church Match Grant Application on our website for further details.
Church Partnership Grant
Awarded to new master’s-level students who currently attend a church that give 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.
The Alumni Scholarship provides students graduating from a degree at Trinity to continue on to pursue a 2nd degree with us as a full-time student with a minimum of $4,500 in total institutional gift aid. This scholarship offer includes any academic, leadership, diversity, or other scholarships for which a student might be eligible. To apply, please simply submit the graduate scholarship application.
Required rebate forms can be found on our website.
Credit Hour Spouse Rebate
Spouses of full-time master’s or doctoral students may be eligible to receive a 50% reduction in tuition charges for master’s-level courses when taking coursework during the same semester. If both spouses are full-time students, only one may receive the benefit. The spouse who receives the benefit is not eligible for any other Trinity aid, rebates, or tuition waivers, including a graduate assistantship. The spouse who does not receive the benefit is eligible to apply for all other forms of Trinity financial aid. This rebate is not applicable toward students enrolled in the REACH and Extension Site programs. This rebate is not available in the summer.
Audit Hour Spouse Rebate
The spouse of a full-time master’s or doctoral student may audit free of charge the same number of units that the student takes for credit in a given semester. The spouse of a PhD student in dissertation stage may audit up to 6 hours without charge. Please note that the spouse who is receiving this benefit is not eligible for any other grants or tuition benefits from Trinity. The application form for this rebate must be completed each semester at the time of registration. This rebate is not applicable toward students enrolled in the REACH and Extension Site programs. This rebate is not available in the summer.
Full-time graduate students may register for one undergraduate course per semester free of charge (up to 4 hours) at Trinity College. Undergraduate deficiencies may be met this way. Certain restrictions apply. Students must meet the qualifications as listed in the “Cross-Registration into Trinity College” form. This form must be filed in the Academic Records Office prior to registering for the course. Contact the Academic Records Office (847.317.8050) for more information.
Ministry Rebate Benefits
Students receiving a one of the following rebates are not eligible to receive any other scholarships, grants, rebates, and/or tuition waivers from Trinity. Ministry benefit/rebates are not retroactive and will be granted only in the semester during which a student is enrolled in classes. These rebates are not applicable toward students enrolled in the REACH and Extension Site programs, or in any courses offered through each of these programs. Required rebate forms can be found on our website.
Campus Crusade for Christ Rebate
Full- or part-time (at least 20 hours per week) staff members of Campus Crusade for Christ are eligible for 50% off the regular tuition rate on master’s-level courses. Employment at CCC must be verified in writing each semester.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Rebate
Full- or part-time (at least 20 hours per week) staff members of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship are eligible for 50% off the regular tuition rate on master’s-level courses. Employment at IVCF must be verified in writing each semester.
Young Life Rebate
Full- or part-time (at least 20 hours per week) staff members of Young Life are eligible for 50% off the regular tuition rate on master’s-level courses. Employment at Young Life must be verified in writing each semester.
Campus Minister’s Rebate
Students who are on the full-time or part-time (at least 20 hours per week) staff of a campus ministry, such as Navigators or other campus ministries not mentioned above, may be eligible for a special 50% tuition reduction plan. Under this plan the student would complete the program through summer studies. The 50% tuition discount is applicable only if the student is a master’s degree student during summer studies. Students who are enrolled during the fall and spring semesters are ineligible for this rebate.
Doctoral Program Scholarships
Greg Waybright PhD Leadership Scholarship
No application required. The PhD department and an admissions committee representing each program (THS, EDS, and ICS) select the recipients. If you have questions, please contact the PhD department. These scholarship's are awarded to recipients through the Educational Studies, Intercultural Studies, or the Theological Studies PhD programs. The annual award amount varies up to $35,000 and is renewable for up to four years.
PhD Program Scholarship
No application required. The PhD department and an admissions committee representing each program (THS, EDS, and ICS) select the recipients. If you have questions, please contact the PhD department. One scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student in each of the three PhD programs each year. The maximum amount of this award is $11,500 and is renewable for a second year. See the pro-ration schedule above if enrolling in less than 9 credits in a semester.
PhD Merit Scholarship
No application required. The PhD department and an admissions committee select the recipients. If you have questions, please contact the PhD department. One scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student in each of the four THS departments (OT, NT, ST, CH) and one each in the EM and ME departments annually. The maximum amount of this award is $5,000 and is renewable for a second year. See the pro-ration schedule above if enrolling in less than 9 credits in a semester.
PhD G. Walter Hansen Fellowship
Full-time PhD students (excluding TEDS department fellows and program scholars) whose vocational interests and academic research match the vision and mission of the Henry Center for Theological Understanding. Full details regarding the fellowship and information about current fellows can be found on the Henry Center’s Hansen Fellowship page. The maximum amount of this award is $10,000 and is renewable for a second year.
PhD Professional Papers
An award for students who either present a paper at a professional conference or publish an article in a reputable academic journal. Award requirements vary according to program. Students should refer to their specific program handbook for application details. The award amount vary each year depending upon the number of presentations/papers by students and the budgeted allowance. Eligible participants may receive a maximum of one award per academic year.
Florida Regional Center Scholarships and Grants
Florida State Grants
The Access to Better Learning and Education (ABLE) Grant Program provides tuition assistance to Florida undergraduate students enrolled in degree programs (Christian Ministry degree not eligible). A student must be full-time. Annual amounts vary per academic year (based on availability of funds at Trinity).
Bright Futures Scholarship
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program offers three types of scholarship awards- The Florida Academic Scholars award (FAS), the Florida Medallion Scholars award (FMS), and the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars award (GSV). Visit the state website for more information.
Florida Work experience Program (FWEP):
The Florida Work Experience Program (FWEP) is a need-based program providing eligible Florida students work experiences to complement and reinforce their educational and career goals. For more information, please visit the Florida state website.
Florida Regional Center Scholarships
Ministry Rebate Scholarship
This scholarship is available only to students enrolled in Trinity Graduate School and TEDS programs. The Ministry Rebate Scholarship provides a discount of $100.00 per credit hour (up to $900.00) for TIU-Florida graduate and divinity school students whose primary source of income is directly from work in Christian ministry.
Youth for Christ Scholarship
This is a private scholarship given to students who can work a minimum of 5 hours per week with Miami Youth for Christ ministries. All locations are located in south Miami. Preference will be given to first year students pursuing degrees in Christian Ministry. A 50% scholarship will be awarded per semester. (Based on availability of funds at Trinity).
Trinity Law School Scholarships and Grants
Prospective students should contact their Admissions Counselor to discuss what scholarships they may be eligible for. Individuals who have been dismissed from a law school are not eligible for merit-based scholarships. Visit our website to view more information regarding our financial aid options and steps to apply.
A limited number of full-tuition scholarships, some of which include additional stipend, are being offered by Trinity Law School to qualified students of high academic caliber and personal excellence who seek to serve in the practice of law. Applicants must have an LSAT score in the 50th percentile or higher (152-180) to be considered. Stipend consideration begins at the 60th percentile. This scholarship is renewable if specific academic requirements are maintained each semester.
Dean’s partial-tuition scholarships are awarded to incoming law students based upon academic excellence and LSAT performance. Applicants must have an LSAT score in the 40th percentile or higher (149-151) to be considered. This scholarship is renewable if specific academic requirements are maintained each semester.
This scholarship is awarded to incoming students based upon academic excellence and LSAT performance. This scholarship is renewable if specific academic requirements are maintained each semester. Applicants must have an LSAT score above the 30th percentile (146-148) to be considered.
Non-Merit Based Scholarships
Christian College Scholarship
In order to minister to graduates and employees of Christian colleges and universities, Trinity Law School is offering a scholarship worth 50 percent of the cost of tuition for the entire three-year law school degree to any graduate from a regionally accredited Christian college or university that is a member of the North American Coalition for Christian Admission Professionals and meets the requirements for admission to Trinity’s regular JD program. This scholarship also applies to the immediate family members of the employees at these colleges and universities.
Evangelical Free Church Scholarship
Trinity Law School is part of the Trinity International University family of schools; this family is part of the Evangelical Free Church of America. Because of this affiliation, as a voluntary service to the EFCA, Trinity Law School offers a scholarship worth 50% of the cost of tuition for the entire three-year law degree to the following: members of EFCA churches for at least one year, employees of EFCA churches, and immediate family members of full-time EFCA church or denomination employees. Candidates must also meet the requirements for admission into Trinity’s regular JD program.
This scholarship honors the vision of Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, a renowned historian and lawyer; Dr. Harold Lindsell, a popular Bible scholar; and Dr. Walter Martin, a celebrated Christian apologist. Each desired to integrate law, human rights, and Christian apologetics into a single academic institution through the founding of Simon Greenleaf University (where Trinity Law School first began). This vision is continued by awarding scholarships to students who demonstrate the desire to integrate law and theology.
The Mephibosheth Endowed Scholarship Program is provided by the late Peter DeKorte of Hawthorne, New Jersey. Mr. DeKorte, a successful businessman who had a disability, established this scholarship fund for Trinity Law School out of gratitude to the Lord for all He had done for him. Recipients of this scholarship must have a physical or sensory impairment that is likely to continue indefinitely. Recipients may be eligible for renewal each year if they maintain specific academic requirements. Preference will be given to those who have an impairment that makes employment during the academic year less likely. Click here for more information about the Mephibosheth Scholarship.
Public Service Grants
These grants are awarded to first-year law students demonstrating a commitment to public and community service. Examples of grant recipients may include pastors and their families, or law enforcement personnel, as well as applicants with significant volunteer involvement in their community.
Community College Grants
These are awarded to AA or AS graduates of California community colleges who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree and who are beginning their first year of law study. Employees of California community colleges who work 20 or more hours per week are also eligible to receive this award upon verification.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Trinity Law School participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree training institutions) in the U.S. to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and the VA will match the same amount. Trinity Law School will contribute up to $4,000 per semester for any student who qualifies for this program.
Church Match Scholarship
If a church donates funds towards your education, Trinity Law School will match the donations each academic year. Certain restrictions apply (talk to your admissions counselor for more details).