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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 Office 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 2017-18

ExpenseOn CampusOff Campus
$37,170 $20,840
Tuition $17,640* $8,820*
Books 900 450
Fee 800 (estimate) 400 (estimate)
Transportation 3,198 4,263
Personal/Misc 5,172 6,896
Room/Board 9,449
Loan fee estimate 11 11
* Tuition for Trinity Lutheran Seminary is $588 an hour. Many full-time students will take 30 hours in 9 months which will be $17,640. 

The living expense budget is based on the college board moderate student expense budget for Cleveland-Elyria-Menter OH.