Tuition and Fee Refunds

Withdrawal from Trinity College

Students who officially* withdraw after tuition and fees are billed, and before classes begin, will be charged a $350 administrative fee.  A refund of billed and paid tuition, fees, room and board will be processed upon notification of withdrawal (less any financial aid adjustments).  If official withdrawal occurs after classes begin, the following schedule reflects the amount of paid tuition and fees that will be refunded. (less financial aid adjustments).

Room and meal plan charges are not refundable once the term begins.

First and second week 80% (days 1-14)
Third week 60% (days 15-21)
Fourth week 40% (days 22-28)
Fifth week 20% (days 29-35)
After fifth week 0 (after day 35)

*The date of official withdrawal is the date the Registrar receives written notification from the student. Freshmen and transfer students withdrawing prior to the start of classes should notify the Admissions Office. Refunds will be made on a timely basis and will be prorated among sources of outside payment.

If you receive financial aid, your refund may be calculated according to the federal refund/repayment guidelines. A sample of this calculation process is available in the Financial Aid Office.

Tuition Insurance – optional

Trinity College has partnered with GradGuard to offer a tuition insurance to protect the investment you will make in towards education.   A student or their Authorized payer can purchase optional tuition insurance through Nelnet using Grad Guard .  Information can be found at

Withdrawal from courses

During the add/drop period at the beginning of each semester, students are allowed to add or drop courses without any financial consequences. After the add/drop period expires, any student with a course load that exceeds 5.75 course credits will be charged an additional fee. This fee will remain on the student’s account even if the student decides to drop the class and receives permission to do so. A grade of “W” may be recorded but the extra course fee will remain. To avoid this, students must have their course schedule finalized before the end of the add/drop period.

Credit Balance Refunds

A written refund request must be submitted to the Office of Student Accounts and Loans. The refund will be issued to the person who has paid the bill unless that person requests, in writing, that the credit balance be refunded to someone else.

Meal Plan Refunds

Returning students will automatically be registered and billed for the Mather Unlimited meal plan or the meal plan of file from prior term. All first-year and transfer students will be registered for the Traditional Meal Plan. Participation in the meal plan is MANDATORY for all residential students. The only allowable exceptions are for students who are members of Trinity’s authorized eating clubs (St Anthony’s Hall, Alpha Delta Phi and PSI Upsilon), or an approved medical waiver. For more information on the meal plan policy, please visit Trinity College Dining Services web site

If a student makes an adjustment to his or her meal plan and is due a refund, the refund will be processed after the meal plan add/drop period expires. The refund will be issued directly to the student only with the written authorization of the person responsible for paying the bill. Please see our Refund Policy.

All meal plan adjustments must be completed during the add/drop period at the beginning of each semester. Also, all adjustments will not be considered final until reviewed and approved by the Director of Student Accounts and Loans.