Affordability and Financial Aid


We understand  the investment that you are making in your education and Trinity is committed to making degree completion as affordable as possible for all IDP students. IDP tuition is charged by the course rather than by the semester, as it is for traditional students. This policy makes tuition more affordable whether or not you qualify for financial aid. And, many of our adult  students are surprised to learn that they are eligible for need-based financial aid at Trinity. Over 80% of IDP students receive financial aid.

Financial Aid

Of the over 80% of our adult students who receive financial aid, over 70% receive enough financial aid to cover fully their billed charges for tuition and fees. We offer need-based financial aid for both full and part time study, for both the fall and spring semesters. During the two Trinity summer terms need-based financial aid is provided on a funds-available basis.

A standard financial aid package includes a combination of federal and Trinity grants (which do not have to be repaid), loans, and federal work-study. In addition to covering your tuition and fees, need-based financial aid may also cover a portion of your living and personal expenses. In fact, two-thirds of IDP students receiving financial aid were able not only to cover their  tuition and fees, but also to receive an average of over $4,000 to cover living and personal expenses.

Special Financial Support

Phi Theta Kappa Scholars: If you are accepted as a Phi Theta Kappa Scholar, you will have a special financial aid package.

Veterans: If you are a veteran and meet the Yellow Ribbon Program criteria, you or your eligible dependent will receive funding from the VA and from Trinity College to cover tuition and fees. You may be eligible for a stipend from the VA that will help cover books and living expenses.   

Study Abroad: In general, your financial aid can be applied to foreign and domestic Trinity approved study-away programs.

Tuition Waivers: If you are an employee of the City of Hartford, Hartford Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, or Institute of Living, you may be eligible for a limited number of Trinity tuition waivers.  

Second Bachelor’s Degree Candidates: If you are earning a second bachelor’s degree, financial aid in the form of federal loans is available to you.

International Students: Need-based financial aid is available to a limited number of non-US citizens in the form of grants and loans.


Mary Ellen Molski ’11

English Literature major, Writing, Rhetoric, and Media Arts minor
Writing Associate, IDPA member
The professors who are IDP advisers are very supportive.

As a parent, the needs of my children (including financial) came first, but because a good portion of my financial need for college was taken care of through an IDP scholarship, this was not a worry.