Frequently Asked Questions
- When and how do I apply for financial aid?
The first step is to apply to the college. Academic scholarships and Church Grants are automatically awarded after you have been accepted to the college. Second, review the scholarships that Trinity offers. If you would liike to be considered for a scholarship, be sure you have submitted the items needed for consideration. The third step is to complete the FAFSA form (www.fafsa.gov). The priority deadline for filing the FAFSA is February 15.
- What is the FAFSA?
FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You must complete the FAFSA each year in order to be eligible to receive any form of Need Based Aid. Your tax information and PIN will be required when filing the FAFSA. To obtain a PIN (personal identification number) go online to: www.pin.ed.gov
- What is the Trinity Need-Based Aid Appeal form?
This is a form provided by the college to inquire about any extenuating circumstances that are not reflected on the FAFSA form. For example, loss of income, private school tuition, or excessive medical bill.
- Do I have to file the FAFSA each year?
In order to receive any need based aid you MUST complete the FAFSA each year you are enrolled as a student.
- What is verification?
The federal government randomly selects 1/3rd of the population to verify all FAFSA information. This process involves the financial aid office reviewing your tax forms along with household information in order to verify the information that you provided on the FAFSA.
- What is a Financial Aid Package?
A financial aid package is a document that you will receive each year from the financial aid office indicating the total amount of financial aid you have been awarded as well as your direct and indirect costs for the upcoming school year.
- What if I don't want to file the FAFSA?
If you choose not to file the FAFSA you will not receive any form of Need Based Aid from the college or the government. You will still be eligible for merit awards.
- What is a merit award?
A merit award is any institutional aid that you qualify for based on your religious affiliation, academic achievement, and leadership ability.