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Academic Catalog '13-'14 | Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Student Financial Services

Students are responsible for arranging the payment of tuition and fees prior to the beginning of each semester. Today more than ever before, investing in a college education requires planning. Trinity recognizes this and is prepared to assist students and their families in making college affordable through financial planning, counseling, and installment payment plans. Trinity offers a comprehensive program of student financial assistance. A counselor in the Office of Enrollment Services is always available during office hours at 202/884-9530 or email: enrollmentservices@trinitydc.edu

Financial aid is awarded on the basis of demonstrated and verifiable financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students applying for financial aid will be considered for all programs for which they are eligible, and assistance is generally a combination of grant, loan, and employment. Trinity participates in all federal Title IV student financial assistance programs.

Awards are given for one year and are reviewed annually to reflect changes in the financial need of the student and changes in the cost of attending college. Once given, aid is normally continued if the student continues to demonstrate need, makes satisfactory academic progress, and follows the procedures for annual application for financial aid.

Students who have previously obtained a baccalaureate degree and are pursuing a second baccalaureate degree are only eligible to apply for loan assistance. Neither Trinity nor federal grant funds are available to students seeking a second baccalaureate degree or a post-graduate certificate.

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Procedures to Apply for Financial Aid

The checklist below has been developed to help students understand the financial aid process and to manage their personal records. Applicants for financial aid should keep track of the date of submission for each item and keep a copy of each document for themselves. Eligible students who meet the following priority deadlines and submit all other requested materials can be assured that their aid package will be processed by the beginning of the semester.

Step 1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or renewal FAFSA for the appropriate academic year. Trinity’s school code is 001460. An application may be completed on the web at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. Priority Deadline: March 1 for new students, April 1 for returning students.

Step 2. Make any necessary corrections on your Student Aid Report (SAR) and return it electronically or by mail to the federal processor. You will either receive your SAR by mail or email instructions on how to access it online within four weeks of submitting your FAFSA. Review the SAR for accuracy, and confirm that Trinity is listed in the school section.

Step 3. Submit any additional documents requested. You will receive either a letter from Trinity letting you know your application is complete or a letter requesting additional information. You should submit additional documents directly to the Office of Enrollment Services. Your application will be on hold until it is complete. Priority Deadline: May 1.

Step 4. Sign and return your Award Letter. Within three weeks of your file being complete, your application will be reviewed and you will be sent an Award Letter. You must sign and return your Award Letter before any awards will be disbursed.

Step 5. First-time Stafford loan borrowers must complete a Stafford Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Stafford Entrance Counseling. First-time Perkins loan borrowers must also complete a Perkins MPN and Perkins Entrance Counseling. You must complete your MPN and Entrance Counseling before any loans will be disbursed. If you already completed an MPN and Entrance Counseling for loans at Trinity, you will not have to complete them again this year.

Lenders will generally disburse loan funds to Trinity via electronic funds transfer (EFT) in equal disbursements each semester. Students who are due a refund after their bills are paid will be sent a refund check after the add/drop period for that semester.

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Policies about Financial Aid

Eligibility Information

In order to be eligible for financial aid, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be fully admitted to an eligible degree or certificate program.
  • Be enrolled for a minimum of six credit hours per semester. (Some awards, such as Trinity grants and scholarships, require full-time enrollment.)

Students may not receive financial aid for experiential learning (TELL) and audited courses. These courses do not count towards enrollment status for financial aid eligibility.

Satisfactory Academic Progress and Financial Aid

Students receiving financial aid must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward their degrees in order to remain eligible for both federal and Trinity funds. To make satisfactory academic progress, undergraduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0; graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. All students must complete at least two-thirds of attempted credits. In addition, satisfactory academic progress is also measured by completion of attempted credits according to a schedule not to exceed 150% of the credits necessary for a degree.

The Office of Enrollment Services reviews the academic progress of financial aid recipients once each academic year at the end of the spring semester. In the event that a student fails to meet the satisfactory academic progress criteria in a particular year, the student will not be eligible for financial aid for the following semester. The summer term is considered a make-up term. Students may enroll for summer without receiving aid to regain satisfactory academic progress for the fall semester.

Students may appeal a determination of unsatisfactory academic progress. The Office of Enrollment Services will provide information about the appeal process to the affected students. If an appeal is unsuccessful and the student is still considered to be making unsatisfactory progress, the student may not receive financial aid until she or he is considered to be in good academic standing.

Leave of Absence

A leave of absence for financial aid purposes is not to be confused with a leave of absence for academic purposes as described in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. A leave of absence as it relates to financial aid affects borrowers under federal student loan programs who cease attendance. A request for a leave of absence must be made in writing to the Office of Enrollment Services and may not exceed 60 days. This kind of leave enables a borrower who intends to re-enroll on at least a half-time (six credits) basis to have up to 60 additional days before the beginning of the grace period, after which a loan enters repayment.

With the exception of the time a student has been granted a leave of absence, the university is obligated to report to the lender any student who ceases enrollment or fails to enroll on at least a half-time (six credits) basis.

Federal Refund/Repayment Requirements

As part of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, Congress passed new regulations governing what must happen to federal financial aid if a student completely withdraws during the enrollment period. Trinity must calculate how much federal financial aid the student has earned if the student withdraws before completing 60% of the enrollment period. Federal financial aid covered under this regulation includes the Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Federal Family Educational Stafford Subsidized Loan Program, Federal Family Educational Stafford Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, and Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS).

Trinity and the student are both responsible for returning unearned funds to the appropriate programs in a specific order. Trinity must return the lesser of the total amount of unearned aid OR institutional charges multiplied by the unearned percentage. Amounts that must be returned will first be applied to federal loans and then to grants. Loan borrowers will be permitted to repay loans based on the terms of the promissory note.

The student will also be billed for any amount due to Trinity resulting from Trinity’s return of federal aid funds. For example, if Trinity is required to return federal aid which was used to pay a portion of charges for the enrollment period, the student is required to pay Trinity for the unpaid portion of the charges.

Policy on Student Financial Responsibilities

Please refer to the official Policy on Student Financial Responsibilities.

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Sources of Financial Aid

Trinity provides financial aid through its endowed and nonendowed scholarships. It also administers funds available through federal programs. Individuals should also seek aid from state and local programs for which they are eligible. Currently, about 90% of the student body receives some type of financial assistance.

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Trinity College of Arts and Sciences Student Aid Programs

Scholarships and Grants to Entering College of Arts and Sciences Students

Full-time College of Arts and Sciences students interested in being considered for Trinity merit scholarships should contact the Office of Admissions for further information. Students receiving these special scholarships must be full-time students and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to remain eligible for an award.

Global Leadership Scholarship
The highest Trinity award, the Global Leadership Scholarship is awarded to entering full-time first-year College of Arts and Sciences students who exhibit both academic excellence and outstanding community and school leadership. Once awarded, the Global Leadership Scholarship is renewed annually based on continued academic distinction.

Presidential Scholarship
The Presidential Scholarship is awarded to academically outstanding entering first-year students enrolling as full-time College of Arts and Sciences undergraduates. The number of awards and the amount of the stipends are determined annually. Once awarded, the Presidential Scholarship is renewed annually based on continued academic distinction.

Dean’s and Founder’s Awards
These awards are made to entering first-year College of Arts and Sciences students who have demonstrated leadership characteristics as part of their high school experience. It is expected that recipients of this award will continue to demonstrate their leadership talents by service to the Trinity community.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
A designated scholarship program has been established for members of Phi Theta Kappa, the community college and two-year college honor society. Contact the Office of Admissions for further information regarding this award.

Special Scholarships for College of Arts and Sciences Students

College of Arts and Sciences students receiving the following special scholarships must be full-time students and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 each semester in order to remain eligible for the award. Both entering and returning students are eligible for these scholarships. Applicants must meet published application deadlines to be considered.

D.F. Antonelli, Jr., and Judith D. Antonelli Scholarship
This endowed scholarship fund was established in 1986 by Mr. and Mrs. Dominic Antonelli. Recipients must be full-time College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need and backgrounds considered culturally and/or economically disadvantaged. Preference will be given to members of minority groups.

Helen and Marie F. Rotterman, Class of 1904, Scholarship Trust
This trust was established by the estate of Marie F. Rotterman, Class of 1904, to provide scholarships to qualified Catholic girls from the Dayton, Ohio, metropolitan area. Awards are made yearly in amounts depending on need and available funds. A personal interview and approval of the Trustees of the trust are also required.

Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital Leadership Scholarships

As the only women’s college in the nation’s capital, with a heritage of more than 100 years of promoting the education and advancement of women in higher education, Trinity is proud to join forces with the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital in celebrating women’s achievements and encouraging new generations of girls and women to pursue their dreams through obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees.The scholarships listed below are available to Girl Scouts in the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital who attend the College of Arts and Sciences at Trinity on a full-time basis during the academic year. These scholarships are renewable annually if the student meets Trinity’s academic criteria for scholarship renewals, and these awards are in addition to any other scholarships and financial aid for which the Scout is eligible.

Trinity will award the following merit scholarships and grants to active Girl Scouts who meet Trinity’s academic requirements and who choose to attend Trinity:

Girl Scouts Leadership Scholarship for Gold Award Scouts: $5,000
If you have successfully completed your Gold Award in Girl Scouting and have been accepted into the College of Arts and Sciences, you will receive an award of $5,000 annually.

Girl Scouts Leadership Scholarship for Silver Award Scouts: $4,000
If you have successfully completed your Silver Award in Girl Scouting and have been accepted into the College of Arts and Sciences, you will receive an award of $4,000 annually.

Girl Scouts Leadership Scholarship: $3,000
If you are an active participant in Girl Scouting and have been accepted into the College of Arts and Sciences, you will receive an award of $3,000 annually.

Endowed and Term Scholarships

 

The following special scholarships are named either for their donor or in recognition of others and are made possible by the generosity and support of alumnae and friends of Trinity. These scholarship awards are given to Trinity College of Arts and Sciences students who demonstrate financial need and who also meet the additional selection criteria specified by the donor of the gift. Endowed scholarships are funded by the ongoing income earned from the core gift; term scholarships are one-time gifts. The Office of Student Financial Services chooses recipients from among all qualified applicants for financial aid.

These special gifts underwrite in whole or in part scholarship and grant awards from Trinity sources. The receipt of one of these awards is recognition not only of financial need but also academic distinction. So as to recognize as many qualified students as possible, these awards are usually not renewed from year to year.

A separate application for these scholarships is not required; all full-time College of Arts and Sciences applicants for financial assistance who meet published deadlines are automatically considered for these awards.

  • Paul and Camille Lindsay Aiken Memorial Scholarship
  • Clifford and Adele Alexander Scholarship
  • D.F. Antonelli, Jr., and Judith D. Antonelli Scholarship
  • Boston Chapter Partial Scholarship
  • Mrs. James H. Bride Partial Scholarship
  • Brooklyn Partial Scholarship
  • The Right Rev. Msgr. John A. Butler Memorial Scholarship
  • Claire F. Cahill Memorial Scholarship
  • Paul W. Chapin Scholarship
  • Chicago Partial Scholarship
  • Class of 1962 and 1965 Scholarship
  • Class of 1964 Scholarship
  • Mary J. Dempsey Memorial Partial Scholarship
  • Dorothy Gleeson Dolan Scholarship
  • James P. Farrell Memorial Scholarship
  • Lillian A. Fay, Ladies Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians of America, Partial Scholarship
  • The Sr. Margaret Finnegan, S.N.D., ’54 and Sr. Regina Finnegan, S.N.D., ’53 Scholarship
  • Carol Lynn Bucca Fusco ’69 Scholarship
  • Ellen A. Ganey ’27 Scholarship
  • Sr. Lidwin Genau/Class of 1967 Scholarship
  • The Right Rev. Msgr. Charles P. Grannan Partial Scholarship
  • Paul B. and Katherine E. Hanrahan Scholarship
  • Bishop Harkins Partial Scholarship
  • Maria Sullivan Harrigan Partial Scholarship
  • William Randolph Hearst Scholarship
  • Catherine Baker Holahan Partial Scholarship
  • William and Sarah Hunter Partial Scholarship
  • Sr. Superior Julia Partial Scholarship
  • The Right Rev. William J. Kerby Partial Scholarship
  • Eileen Ryan Lahart ’54 Scholarship
  • Margaret Larson ’10 Partial Scholarship
  • Joseph J. Leary Scholarship
  • Martha T. Logan Scholarship
  • Catherine Lynch Partial Scholarship
  • Sr. Mary Partial Scholarship
  • Lucie Jane Desloge McAnany ’33 Scholarship
  • Anne Marie Condon McGovern ’50/Class of 1950 Scholarship
  • Evelyn Ruth McIntee ’32 Scholarship
  • Julia A. McMahon ’30 Scholarship
  • Louise Moore Partial Scholarship
  • Mount Notre Dame Partial Scholarship
  • New England Financial Aid Fund Scholarship
  • Notre Dame Alumnae Partial Scholarship, Roxbury, MA
  • Notre Dame Alumnae Partial Scholarship, Tyngsboro, MA
  • Agnes Perrot O’Connor ’24 Scholarship
  • Florence O’Brien Patterson ’26 Scholarship
  • Parsons Family Foundation Scholarship
  • Sr. Superior Raphael Partial Scholarship
  • Rhode Island Women’s Partial Scholarship
  • Helen and Marie F. Rotterman, Class of 1904, Scholarship Trust
  • St. Louis Partial Scholarship
  • Frances Mary Saul ’24 Scholarship
  • Rev. Thomas Scully Parochial School Partial Scholarship
  • Margaret and George Skirm Memorial Partial Scholarship
  • Ivan H. Stepich Memorial Scholarship
  • Margaret Walsh ’21 Memorial Partial Scholarship
  • Mary Dunn Walsh ’15 Scholarship

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School of Professional Studies Student Aid Programs

The American Association of University Women Scholarship

The American Association of University Women (AAUW), McLean Branch makes an annual award to a Northern Virginia student enrolled in the School of Professional Studies. A separate application for this scholarship is not required; all School of Professional Studies applicants for financial assistance who meet published deadlines are automatically considered for this award.

Girl Scout Troop Leader Grant: $1,000

If you are currently a troop leader for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, you will receive a $1,000 award, to be used towards undergraduate credits taken through our School of Professional Studies. This one-time grant is for current troop leaders in the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital enrolled in degree programs at Trinity and may be applied to courses taken at Trinity during the academic year.

Women in Housing Finance Scholarship
The Women in Housing Finance Foundation makes an annual award to an undergraduate student in the School of Professional Studies studying in the fields of finance, business, housing or other community/non-profit area of service. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Applications are mailed to eligible students each year after the spring semester.

School of Professional Studies Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to qualified School of Professional Studies students on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Only students who have already completed credits at Trinity will be considered. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed before the April 1 deadline. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.2 or higher. Applications are mailed to eligible students each year after the spring semester.

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Federal and State Student Aid Programs

Applying for Federal and State Programs

To qualify for federal student aid, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (see “Procedures for Applying for Financial Aid” above). The priority application deadline for the Fall semester is April 1. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have not defaulted on prior federal aid and certify they will use aid proceeds solely for educational purposes are eligible for the federal student aid programs listed.

Federal Pell Grant

This is a federally funded program of grants awarded to undergraduate students with high financial need. The grants range from $400 to $4,050 annually, based on enrollment status and need. To qualify, a student must be an eligible undergraduate seeking a first baccalaureate degree.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

Undergraduates pursuing a first baccalaureate degree who demonstrate exceptional financial need are eligible for Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant funds. Awards range from $150 to $2,000.

Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans

Eligibility for the Stafford Loan program will be determined by the FAFSA application to Trinity. Funds for the Stafford Loan are available through private lenders (banks, savings and loan associations, and credit unions). Depending on need, a student may borrow up to $2,625 during the first year of undergraduate study, $3,500 during the second year, and $5,500 a year for the remaining years. Graduate students may borrow up to $8,500 per year. The maximum total Federal Stafford Loan debt that a student can aggregate as an undergraduate is $23,000.

Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans

The Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan is available to borrowers who do not qualify on the basis of need for the Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan Program. Under this program students are required to pay interest while they are in school.

Federal PLUS Loan Program

This non-need based federal loan program enables credit-worthy and eligible parents to borrow up to the full cost of attendance at Trinity less any student financial aid or scholarship support. The variable interest rate, established every year on July 1, is based on the 52 week Treasury bill plus 3.1% and is capped at 9%. A FAFSA application is not required for this program. Applications are available from the Enrollment Services web page.

Perkins Loans Program

Funds for the low interest federal Perkins Loan program are allotted to the college by the U.S. Department of Education for students with exceptional need. An undergraduate student may borrow up to $4,000 per year. The repayment and interest period begins nine months after the student completes her or his studies. The interest rate is 5% per year, and the repayment period may be extended over ten years. The FAFSA serves as the application for this loan.

Employment Programs

A student’s financial aid package may include a Federal Work Study award. Federal Work Study (FWS) is a federally funded program that helps to provide employment opportunities on- or off- campus. FWS awards are not deducted from the student’s tuition, fees, and room and board. Instead, students receive a bimonthly paycheck for the number of FWS hours worked and may use it to meet their personal expenses or pay on their account at the college. Students should contact the Office of Human Resources concerning placement opportunities for on-campus and qualified off-campus FWS positions.

For assistance with locating suitable non-FWS part-time positions off-campus, students should consult the Career Services Center.

State Scholarship Programs and Local Awards

Students from the following states may participate in state scholarship programs while they attend Trinity: Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the District of Columbia. Students can learn more about these programs from high school guidance counselors or state departments of education. In addition, the Office of Student Financial Services can provide information about the state grant administrators of all states and territories.

Many scholarships are available through parents’ employers, civic and fraternal groups, professional organizations, and other programs. To pursue all potential sources of financial aid, students should contact their high school guidance counselors for assistance in learning about these programs.

District of Columbia Grants and Scholarships

The District of Columbia provides funds to eligible District residents seeking postsecondary education. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education administers four higher education grants: DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DC TAG), DC Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Grant (DC LEAP), DC Adoption Scholarship Program (DC ASP) and DC GEAR UP. District residents may apply online for all the DC grants using one streamlined application called the DC OneApp at www.osse.dc.gov.

Other Scholarships and Awards

Information about other scholarship and aid resources is available on the Enrollment Services web page.

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For information regarding billing and payment, veterans benefits, the installment payment plan, employer tuition assistance benefits, payment arrangement and registration status, the tuition refund policy, please refer to the Tuition and Fees section of this site.

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