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Applying For Financial Aid

While financial aid can sometimes seem complicated, we will work with you every step of the way to ensure a smooth process that meets your needs.

Trinity’s FAFSA code is 001460.
For priority consideration, submit the FAFSA by April 1st every year.

Procedures to Apply for Financial Aid

This checklist 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 to the federal processing center. Trinity’s school code is 001460. An application may be completed on the web at this address: www.fafsa.govPriority Deadline: March 1 for new students, April 1 for returning students.  Apply before the deadline even if your tax return is not finished yet.  You can make corrections or updates if necessary later.

Step 2. Make any necessary corrections on your FAFSA online after it is processed. You will receive an email after your FAFSA is processed. Review your FAFSA for accuracy, and confirm that Trinity is listed in the school section.  If you have not already done so, you can use the Data Retrieval Tool to update your FAFSA with your federal tax return data.

Step 3. Submit any additional documents requested. You will receive an email from Trinity indicating your application is complete or an email instructing you to log on to Self-Service and view the missing information.  The most common request is for a copy of your and/or your parents’ IRS Federal Tax Return Transcript. You may obtain a copy of your transcript directly from the IRS. Please note: the tax return transcript is different than the federal tax return and we are no longer able to accept copies of federal tax returns. You may also be required to submit a verification worksheet. You should submit these documents directly to the Office of Enrollment Services as soon as possible.  Your application will be on hold until it is complete.

Step 4. Accept your award. Within three weeks of your file being complete, your application will be reviewed and you will be sent an email indicating that your financial aid award letter is ready for review. You must log on to Self-Service to accept, decline or modify  your awards. Please note: We will no longer be mailing or emailing your financial aid award letter

Step 5. First-time borrowers complete Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling. 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 Master Promissory Note and Perkins Entrance Counseling.

You can complete your MPN and Entrance Counseling online. Complete both carefully and sign your MPN(s) with your Department of Education PIN. If you would rather complete a paper MPN(s) please notify our office.

You must complete your MPN and Entrance Counseling before any loans will be disbursed. If you already completed a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling for loans at Trinity, you will not have to complete them again this year.

Did you know?
Students must complete a new financial aid application for each school year. You should complete your FAFSA early each spring for the school year that starts the following fall.  You can start your FAFSA as early as January 1.
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Interested in applying to Trinity’s College of Arts and Sciences as a new student? We have provided a tool to help you estimate the cost of attending Trinity after grants and scholarships.

For more information, contact Enrollment Services at or 202-884-9530, or visit the office in person in Main 154. You may also send a fax to 202-884-9524.



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