Hartford, Connecticut, September 23, 2016 – In an effort to tear down a barrier between first-generation students and educational opportunities, Trinity College has eliminated application fees for all students who would be the first in their family to graduate from college. The change takes effect immediately and applies to both domestic and international applicants.
“For students on the path toward being the first in their families to graduate from college, the admissions process can be riddled with obstacles,” said Angel B. Pérez, vice president for enrollment and student success. “Application fees often present just one more barrier that can keep a talented and promising student from applying to leading colleges like Trinity. If this simple change can make the process easier for first-generation students, we have a responsibility to take that step.”
Students will automatically be granted the fee waiver when submitting the Common Application by checking the box indicating they are first-generation. A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree.
Henry Chavez ’18, a first-generation student at Trinity, recalled his own experience as an applicant and praised the move.
“I often have conversations with my first-generation peers about some of the struggles we faced when applying to college,” said Chavez. “Removing what may seem like a small application fee to some makes a substantial impact for first-generation students. More than a financial gesture, it reflects that Trinity is committed to providing access, opportunity, and support to first-generation students.”
The announcement comes on the heels of Trinity’s appointment of Dr. Jennifer Baszile, inaugural director of student success, who will develop programming designed to increase the support and retention of first-generation and low-income students, as well as the arrival of a Class of 2020 that includes the highest number of first-generation students in the College’s history.