Here at Trinity, we want to do everything we can to make your education affordable. There are many different funding sources that exist to help make this possible. We have provided just a few of them here for your convenience. If you have any further questions about available aid, please feel free to contact our office and we will be happy to assist you.
By being employed on campus through the Federal Work-Study Program, students can make up to $2,000+ per year. It is important for students to realize that a Federal Work-Study (FWS) award, if included in your financial aid award letter, is significantly different from other award items in two ways:
- Unlike grants, scholarships, and loans, FWS is not a guaranteed amount, since it is the student's responsibility to find a FWS job on campus.
- Unlike grants, scholarships, and loans, there is no automatic posting of dollars to the student account. This occurs only if the student takes the initiative to deposit the biweekly paycheck into his or her own account.
When planning how the FWS award may affect your annual costs, you must project the actual amount you expect to earn. In many cases, the actual amount may be less than the total allowed by your Financial Aid award.
Scholarship Search Engines
- FastWEB: Set up a personalized profile that will match your specific skills, abilities, and interests to fastWEB's database of more than 400,000 scholarships.
- College Board FundFinder: Locate scholarships, loans, internships, and other financial aid programs from noncollege sources that match your education level, talents, and background. Complete the profile form and Scholarship Search will find potential opportunities from a database of more than 2,000 undergraduate scholarships, internships, and loan programs.
- U.S. News: Utilize this personalized search tool to find scholarships that match your specific background with your best scholarship options.
- Budget Calculator: Use this tool to calculate your educational and living expenses.
- U.S. Department of Education Student Guide: The Student Guide provides information about financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education.
- Financial Aid Estimation Form: A calculator to estimate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and financial need.
- Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC): Information for Illinois residents on how to make your education accessible and affordable.
- Financial Aid Information: A complete index of information and links about financial aid.