Academic Merit Scholarships
A top-quality Trinity education is an invaluable investment with benefits that last a lifetime.
All qualified entering and transfer students are considered for academic merit scholarships, regardless of the students' financial need. A recalculated core GPA*, standardized test scores (optional) and other criteria are used to determine eligibility. All of Trinity’s merit scholarships and awards are renewable for four years (eight semesters) and require recipients to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress unless otherwise stated.
No separate application required
Domestic first-year, full-time undergraduate students admitted to Trinity University are automatically considered for the scholarship offerings listed below except where noted.
Murchison Scholars and other top applicants will be invited to compete for a full-tuition scholarship at the Trinity Tower Scholars Day competition.
Trinity Tower Scholars Day attendees will compete for one of up to 20 full-tuition scholarships.
To be considered for this award, your application for admission must be submitted under an ED I or EA application plan.
|Annual full-tuition award|
|Merit scholarships based on superior academic achievement. A minimum recalculated core GPA of 3.5 is expected to be competitive for these awards.||Annual awards ranging from $18,000 to $32,000|
|Trinity Tiger Award||Merit scholarship recognizing academic achievement and other accomplishments. Tiger Awards are only available to students who may not qualify for other merit awards.||Annual award up to $12,000|
|International Student Scholarship||Merit scholarships are based on superior academic performance. Need-based scholarships are highly competitive and determined by financial information provided from the CSS Profile for International Students or the International Student Financial Aid Application.||Annual awards available in varying amounts up to the cost of attendance for selected applicants who are neither US Citizens nor US Permanent Residents. International students are eligible for both merit-based scholarships and need based aid.|
|Transfer Scholarship||Merit scholarship based on academic achievement. Transfer application must be submitted by October 15 (spring enrollment) or April 1 (fall enrollment).||Annual awards ranging from $17,000 to $25,000|
Considering applying Early Decision? Prior to identifying Trinity as your top choice, we understand that scholarships and financial aid often play a significant role in determining affordability. To assist with this, please contact your assigned admissions representative if you are interested in receiving a scholarship or financial aid estimate.
Awards are determined based on official high school transcript, rigor of curriculum, and testing information (if applicable) received by the Office of Admissions at the time of a student’s application.
Core GPAs are recalculated on an unweighted 4.0 scale using the student’s core high school academic courses (English, math, science, social science, and foreign language).
Trinity does not have a preference for ACT or SAT. Trinity superscores, using the highest test scores for each test and subtests submitted for consideration.
Applicants who apply for admission after February 1, 2023, will be considered for merit scholarships on a case-by-case basis and award amounts may not reflect the levels indicated.
Other Scholarship Opportunities
The University offers dozens of other scholarships that require separate applications. Recipients of these awards may also qualify for one of the merit scholarships listed above. They may include...
Semmes Distinguished Scholar Award: a full-tuition scholarship and $5,000 research stipend for STEM majors.
(Deadline: November 7, 2022)
Baker Duncan Special Talent Scholarship: awards for students with special talents in art, debate, and theater
(Deadline: February 7, 2023)
Music Scholarships: awards for students who have interest in continuing involvement in the vocal or instrumental arts
(Deadline: February 21, 2023)
National Merit Scholarship: for National Merit Finalists who designate Trinity University as their first-choice college
Storer & Tillman Scholarship for Developing Christian Leaders: a need-based award for student servant-leaders
(Deadline: December 1, 2022)
Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship: for transfer students who are Phi Theta Kappa members
Financial Aid comes in various forms at Trinity. Review your options and eligibility to receive aid as an entering or continuing student.
Trinity has a variety of scholarships available to entering and continuing students. If you’re an entering international, transfer, or continuing student, this is your one-stop-shop.All Scholarships
Grants are gift aid based on demonstrated financial need and are funded from federal, state, and institutional sources. Entering and continuing students are eligible for grants.Grants
A loan is money that is borrowed and must be paid back with interest. Entering and continuing students are eligible, but we recommend you exhaust all other options for aid before pursuing loans.Loans
Part-time employment programs, including Federal Work Study, help students meet indirect costs such as personal expenses.Work Study
Applying for Aid
The application process and deadlines depend on the type of aid you’re seeking along with the scholarship itself. As you are browsing aid options, eligibility criteria and application details are included with each scholarship opportunity.
Applying for Aid Requirements and Eligibility
2023-2024 CSS Profile
available October 1
Trinity’s CSS Profile code
available October 1
Trinity’s FAFSA code
1. Estimate Your Aid Eligibility
Use Trinity’s Net Price Calculator to estimate financial assistance and help determine the University's affordability. Estimates are based on the previous year’s costs and do not include supplemental scholarships that require application, nor do they take into account special circumstances.
2. Estimate your costs
Once you've received your financial aid offer, use the Cost Worksheet to estimate your student account balance.