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Flexible Tuition Q&A

Frequently Asked Questions about Flexible Tuition

What is flexible tuition?

We know that paying the full cost of a Trinity education is not possible for all families, so we are pleased to offer a flexible tuition rate for families who qualify. Flexible tuition is a need-based tuition arrangement similar to those used by many private schools, colleges, and universities. Our flexible tuition program allows families to apply for reduced tuition, in contrast to applying for a grant or award. We base each family’s flexible tuition rate on their objective financial information. Trinity is not able to offer an unlimited amount of flexible tuition, and as a consequence, we must prioritize and allocate our available funds. The Flexible Tuition Committee works hard to steward our limited resources well so we that can offer flexible tuition awards to as many families as possible.

When should we apply for flexible tuition?

Applications for admission and applications for flexible tuition are due on the same date.

  • The priority application deadline for new applicants to TK–grade 1 is Friday, January 6, 2017.
  • The priority application deadline for new applicants to grades 2–12 is Friday, January 13, 2017.
  • The application deadline for returning Trinity families is Thursday, December 1, 2016

How is our family's contribution calculated?

In order to allocate resources wisely and fairly, Trinity has engaged the help of the TADS service. TADS does not decide whether flexible tuition will be awarded or how much a family’s tuition should be; rather, it provides a need-based analysis that assists Trinity in these decisions. The TADS report includes a recommendation of the amount that a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition. The Flexible Tuition Committee keeps these recommendations in mind as it carefully assesses Trinity’s resources and determines the level of award for each family.

I am divorced, or no longer living with my child's other parent. Will Trinity still expect that person to be part of my application for financial aid?

We expect both parents and any adults who are financially responsible for a student to contribute toward the cost of their student’s education to the extent they are able. Therefore, we require information from both parents and any step-parents. Each household must complete and submit a flexible tuition application. The TADS financial aid system is secure, and information from each parent is held in the strictest confidence. Families who are not able to submit all required documentation should contact us to determine if they can be considered for flexible tuition.

Do we need to apply for flexible tuition each year?

Yes. Parents and guardians must complete a new application for flexible tuition each year. A family should expect that their flexible tuition award will be renewed at a similar level, provided that they continue to demonstrate similar need.

If our family does not apply for flexible tuition when we first apply for admission, can we apply in future years?

Families who do not apply for flexible tuition during their first year at Trinity should not expect to receive flexible tuition in subsequent years unless they experience a significant change in their financial circumstances. The school expects that families who begin paying full tuition will continue to do so. The Flexible Tuition Committee is happy to consider applications from returning families whose financial situation has changed.

Does an application for flexible tuition affect admission decisions?

Admission decisions are completely separate from flexible tuition decisions. A family’s financial need does not affect a student’s admission decision. The Flexible Tuition Committee and the Admission Committees do not work together.

If our family receives a flexible tuition award, will others at Trinity know?

The school is committed to protecting the privacy of its families. The flexible tuition application process is completely confidential, and all financial information received by the school is held in the strictest confidence. No faculty are involved on the Flexible Tuition Committee, and they do not know which students in their class receive flexible tuition awards.

We have more questions. Whom should we contact?

For questions about flexible tuition, please contact Lorna Spence, Director of Enrollment Management, at 919-402-8262, ext. 1503, or email