Aid applied to an account that exceeds the balance owed will create a credit balance that can be refunded to the student.



Refunds will be processed after the start of each term and must be used to cover education-related expenses such as off-campus housing expense, transportation, or books and supplies. Note: Federal law requires that when a credit balance on a student’s account is the result of a Federal Direct PLUS Loan disbursement, the balance must be sent to the parent borrower, not the student, unless the parent borrower has submitted written authorization allowing the balance to either be held on the student account or released to the student.

Refunds by check usually require a processing time of ten to fifteen business days. Refunds are processed each semester two weeks after the add/drop period ends. At the start of each semester students should budget for books, supplies and living expenses accordingly.

E-Refund is the fastest way to receive your refund. You may designate a bank account by accessing the Student Account Suite, click Electronic Refunds under My Profile Setup to the right of the screen, and complete your "Payment Profile".

You may be eligible for a refund if your account has a credit balance for any of the following reasons:

  1. Your applied financial aid exceeds your current charges;
  2. You have received a refundable credit from a University office or department; or
  3. Your account has been overpaid.


Tuition Adjustments

Tuition is refunded as follows in accordance with when the withdrawal occurs:

Through the last day of Add/Drop 100% 
Beginning the day after Add/Drop and for the next eight days 50% 
Beginning on the ninth day after Add/Drop 0% 

Note: Adjustments to institutional and state aid are consistent with tuition adjustments.  Federal student aid is adjusted in accordance with federally mandated refund calculation. Please speak with a Financial Aid counselor if you need specific details about financial aid adjustments due to withdrawal.

Fee Refunds

The activity fee is 100% refundable through the end of add/drop and non-refundable after add/drop. Meal plans are refundable at the rate of 35% of the unspent balance. Course fees for specific courses (e.g., Music, Geosciences, Trap and Skeet, etc.) are refundable if the course is dropped within the specified add/drop period for the semester, which is generally seven days for the fall and spring semesters.

Deposit Refunds

Deposits for first-year students are non-refundable. For returning students, room deposits are non-refundable except in the most severe extenuating circumstances (such as studying abroad or being placed on academic suspension). Room deposits, less any damage or other fees, are refundable all or in part only when the student moves off campus, graduates or will not return to Trinity as an enrolled student.


Withdrawal Policy for Federal Student Aid

Federal regulations require Trinity to have a Return to Title IV (R2T4) policy to address the treatment of federal student aid funds in instances of student withdrawal. Under this policy, the Office of Financial Aid is required to perform a calculation to determine the amount of federal student aid funds that a student may retain in the event of withdrawal from the University based on a pro-rata calculation determined by the total number of days in the semester and the date of withdrawal. Students considering withdrawal from the University are strongly encouraged to meet with a counselor in the Financial Aid Office to discuss the financial implications of such a decision. Students who earn all F’s in a given semester will be considered to have unofficially withdrawn and may be subject to a return of federal student aid.