College Expenses

Payment for tuition, fees, room, and board is due in full by the dates shown on the College calendar and prior to the start of each semester, unless an authorized monthly payment plan has been established prior to payment due date. Electronic semester bills will be displayed on the TrinBillPay system, and students and their authorized payers will be notified by e-mail when bills are ready to view. Trinity College does not print and mail paper billing statements to students. Students must set up a parent or other payer as an “authorized payer” on their Trinbillpay account. This gives access to a parent or other payer to view the bills through TrinBillPay and to pay online. Please refer to the instructions at http://www.trincoll.edu/Admissions/finaid/SA/accounts/Pages/TrinBillPay.aspx. Subsequent monthly bills for fees (i.e., athletic charges, library fines, parking tickets, Health Center charges, meal plan upgrades), not included in the original semester bill, may be viewed through TrinBillPay after fees are posted to the account. Charges are payable by the due date on the billing statement. Payment by check should be made payable to Trustees of Trinity College and mailed to Trinity College, Office of Student Accounts, 300 Summit St., Hartford, CT 06106.

A monthly payment plan option is available through TrinBillPay system by NelNet Business Solutions. This monthly payment plan allows families to remit the semester tuition and fees in five monthly payments without finance charges. The semester monthly payment plan begins in June preceding the fall term and again in November for the spring term. The monthly payment plan cannot be used to pay educational expenses for non-Trinity programs when a student participates in a study-away semester. To enroll in a payment plan as an authorized payer go to https://quikpayasp.com/trincoll/student\_accounts/authorized.do. A student or authorized payer may enroll in a monthly payment plan by the established enrollment dates.

Students who fail to pay all billed charges by the specified due dates will be considered delinquent and their accounts are subject to monthly late fees of $100. The College reserves the right to withhold transcripts or grades, cancel or deny class registration and attendance privileges, or terminate access to campus facilities or housing. Delinquent accounts may be placed with a collection agency and assessed with all collection costs incurred by the College. A student may also be financially withdrawn from the College for failure to pay their account in full by all published due dates.

Communications regarding College expenses should be addressed to the Student Accounts and Loans Manager or by e-mail to student-accounts@trincoll.edu.

Schedule of College fees—2013–2014

Fall Spring Total
Tuition $ 22,650$ 22,650$ 45,300
Room (New Townhouses–add $1,250 each term) 4,000 4,000 8,000
Board (traditional meal plan)5 2,150 2,150 4,300
General Fee 900 900 1,800
Student Activity Fee 205 205 410
$ 29,905$ 29,905$ 59,810
Transcript fee (new students only) 50 - 50
$ 29,955$ 29,905$ 59,860

A tuition charge of $22,650 per semester will be billed for full-time study up to and including 5.75 course credits per term. Students registered for more than 5.75 credits will incur additional charges.

Credit hoursAdditional tuition fee
6.0 $5,030
6.25 $6,290
6.50 $7,550
6.75 $8,800
7.0-7.75 $10,060-15,100

Cost of Credits Beyond the Standard Course Load: For 2013-2014, $22,650 is charged for full-time study per semester. Full-time study is defined as 3.00 to 5.75 course credits per term. Standard course credits carried per term are 4.5; the College allows for 1.25 additional course credits to be carried without charge. Students who register for 6.0 course credits are charged an additional $5,030, with some exceptions. The College will exclude the following courses (up to a maximum of 1.50 credits per semester) from surcharge: teaching assistantship, research assistantship, internship, first-year mentor, thesis, SILP, independent study, Theater and Dance courses 109 and 309, private music lessons and music ensembles. Please note this exclusion is for tuition for the course credit only. Other costs associated with these courses, such as instructor fees, will be charged.

Part–time enrollment: All requests for part-time enrollment must be approved by the Academic Affairs Committee. After part-time status is approved, students who are enrolled for 2.75 or fewer credits should submit a request for part-time billing to the Student Accounts Office. These students will be charged $15,100 (2/3 of regular tuition) for that semester.

Repeat courses: A fee of $5,030 per credit will be charged for each repeated course if that course brings the student’s course credit hours over the 5.75 limit.

The College meal plan program is mandatory for all students in campus housing except seniors. Students residing in buildings that are classified as cooking units may opt for a reduced meal plan or may drop it entirely. Please refer to the meal plan information on the following pages.

Room Fee: Students living in campus housing will be charged $4,000 per semester with the exception of the new Crescent Street Townhouses, which will be billed at $5,250 per semester.

The General Fee partially finances the operation of the student center, vocational tests, laboratory fees, and admission to athletic events.

The Student Activity Fee is administered by the Student Budget Committee to finance student organizations, publications, the radio station, and admission to Austin Arts Center events.

Transcript Fee: All first-time students are charged $50 for unlimited transcript requests.

  Study away
  Other financial information
  Trinity College refund policy

Study away

Trinity College students enrolled in study at a Trinity College Global Site will be charged for tuition, room, meals, and fees according to the following rates for 2013–2014:

Barcelona

$29,050

Buenos Aires

$28,950

Cape Town

$28,250

LaMaMa

$30,050

Paris

$29,150

Rome

$28,490

Shanghai

$29,050

Trinidad

$30,550

Vienna

$27,650

Study Away Fee

$3,000 semester

(non-Trinity program)

$3,500 full year

An Affiliate Study Away Fee of $1,000 per semester ($1,200 for full-year affiliate programs) will be charged to students who enroll in Trinity-sponsored exchange programs or Trinity-sponsored partnerships. Please consult with the Office of International Programs for a complete listing. http://www.trincoll.edu/UrbanGlobal/StudyAway/programs.

In order to be eligible for financial aid and academic credit, students must remain matriculated at the College while enrolled in a study-away program. Trinity students who enroll in a program that is not approved by Trinity must withdraw from the College and forfeit Trinity-administered financial aid. No academic credit toward the Trinity degree will be awarded for programs not approved by the College.

Other financial information

Course Audits—$400 per credit.

Campus parking fee—$200 per year.

Returned check fee—$30 per check.

Late payment fees—the late payment fee for nonpayment of billed charges by the scheduled due dates is $100 for each month the account remains delinquent. Please allow sufficient time for mailing if you choose to pay by paper check to ensure that the payment arrives by the due date. Subsequent late fees will be charged up to a maximum of $500 per term.

Credit cards—Trinity College accepts MasterCard, Discover, and American Express credit card payments on TrinBillPay with a 2.75 percent convenience fee added to the transaction and charged to the payer.

Trinity College refund policy

Tuition and fees refunds: Refunds may be requested by the student in writing or by e-mail to the Student Accounts Office. Students who officially withdraw after tuition and fees are due, but before classes begin, will be given a full refund of all charges paid, less a $250 administrative charge. The date of withdrawal is the date the registrar receives written notification from the student. First-year and transfer students withdrawing prior to the start of classes should submit notice to the director of admissions. The refund policy also applies to charges for extra course credits. Please refer to the Office of Student Accounts and Loans’ Web page.

If the official withdrawal occurs after classes begin, refunds may be affected by financial aid award adjustments and any applicable federal regulations. Tuition and fees are charged as follows and refunds processed accordingly:

Date of withdrawalPercentage chargedPercentage refunded
1 day through 14 days 20 percent 80 percent
Third week 40 percent 60 percent
Fourth week 60 percent 40 percent
Fifth week 80 percent 20 percent
After fifth week 100 percent no refund

Families should consider purchasing a tuition insurance policy offered through A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. to be reimbursed for tuition and fees paid and forfeited due to a withdrawal from the term after classes begin. For additional information, please contact A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. at http://www.collegerefund.com/apps/details1.asp?ID=1614\&DIV=1 or (617) 774-1555. Applications for enrollment in tuition insurance must be postmarked before the first day of class each term.

Withdrawal from class after the end of add/drop: Students may add or drop course credit hours during the add/drop period. A student may withdraw from a class through the Friday of the fourth full week of classes; however, the student is financially responsible for the cost of that class if the withdrawal occurs after the add/drop period. For example, a student who is registered for 5.75 course credit hours and withdraws from a 1.0 course credit class after the add/drop period is financially responsible for 5.75 course credit hours. If that student replaces that withdrawn class with another (1.0), the student will be financially registered for 6.75 course credit hours and will be charged accordingly.

Withdrawal from residential contract: Students who participate in the housing lottery and then withdraw from housing will be subject to a monetary penalty. Students must notify the Office of Residential Life as soon as the decision is made to withdraw from a housing contract. Please consult the Campus Life Office for additional information. http://www.trincoll.edu/StudentLife/HousingDining/ResidenceHalls/.

Room charges are assessed using the date of receipt of written notification for withdrawal from a residential contract. No room charge adjustment is made for withdrawal from housing during or after the fifth week of the contracted term. If a resident fails to occupy a residence by the first day of undergraduate classes in the term contracted for, it will be assumed that the resident has withdrawn and that a legitimate vacancy exists. Rental charges will be computed as if the resident submitted written notification of withdrawal on the first day of class and a cancellation fee will apply.

Meal plan contract refunds: Returning students will be billed for the meal plan they participated in during the previous semester. All first-year and transfer students will be billed for the 19-meal traditional plan. Participation in the meal plan is mandatory for all students, except seniors, residing in campus housing with the following exceptions: students living in buildings that are classified as cooking units (Anadama, Clemens, Stowe, Wiggins) and students who are members of Trinity-authorized eating clubs may select a less-expensive meal plan or may drop the meal plan completely. The new Crescent Street dormitory is not considered off campus housing; students living in the Crescent Street dorms will be required to participate in a mandatory meal plan, unless they fall under one of the exceptions mentioned above. All meal plan changes must be made in writing during the first two weeks of the semester at the Chartwells Office located in Mather Hall.

Students adjusting their meal plan must submit a written refund request to the Student Accounts Office. Refunds will be processed after the meal plan add/drop period.

Meal plan refunds: Refunds will be made upon receipt of written request by the student each term and are subject to verification of available funds. Refunds will be processed beginning one week following the last day of the add/drop period.