Financial Aid

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We want to help you find ways to pay for your law education. The average financial aid package for the 2013-2014 school year was $27,500.

Requesting financial aid

Direct Unsubsidized Loan ($20,500/year, 6.8%)

Step 1: Complete the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our school code is E00961.

Step 2: Complete your Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov.

Step 3: Sign a Direct Unsubsidized Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) at www.studentloans.gov.

Step 4: After July 20, complete the Loan Eligibility Wizard on your TrinityOnline Student Account.

Direct Plus Loan for Graduates (Amount Varies, 7.9%)

Step 1: Complete steps 1 and 2 above.

Step 2: Determine how much you would like to borrow. You may apply for a loan amount up to the Cost of Attendance (COA) less any scholarships and Direct Loans. We encourage you to borrow only what you need and apply accordingly. Please refer to the Eligibility Calculations done through TrinityOnline for maximum amounts.

Step 3: Sign a Grad Plus Master Promissory Note (MPN) at www.studentloans.gov.

Step 4: Complete the Grad Plus Loan Application at www.studentloans.gov to complete the request process.

Once these steps have been completed, the funds will be disbursed to your student account. If you have money left over (a credit balance), a check will be disbursed no later than 30 days into the semester. You will be notified by e-mail and text message when your check is available, so please do not contact the Financial Aid office regarding distribution dates.

Click here to download the 2014-2015 Requesting Financial Aid flier.

See What Scholarships We Offer

Contact your Admissions Counselor to discuss what scholarships you may be eligible for and to apply for scholarships.

Prospective students who have been dismissed from a law school are not eligible for merit-based scholarships.

Merit Based Scholarships

Samaritan Fellowship

The Samaritan Fellowship is an elite offering to highly qualified applicants who are specifically interested in missionary work. It is offered to those applicants who show exceptional academic promise, a selfless devotion to helping others, and a sincere desire to share the faith. Applicants must have an LSAT score in the 75th percentile or higher (165-180) and be accepted to the fellowship.

Dean’s Full Tuition Scholarship (+ Possible Stipend)

A limited number of full-tuition scholarships, some of which include additional stipend, are being offered by Trinity Law School to qualified students of high academic caliber and personal excellence who seek to serve in the practice of law. Applicants must have an LSAT score in the 50th percentile or higher (152-180) to be considered. Stipend consideration begins at 155 or the 60th percentile.

Dean’s Partial Scholarship

Dean’s Scholarships are awarded to incoming law students based upon academic excellence and LSAT performance. Applicants must have an LSAT score in the 40th percentile or higher (149-151) to be considered.

Justice Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to incoming students based upon academic excellence and LSAT performance. This scholarship is renewable if specific academic requirements are maintained. Applicants must have an LSAT score above the 30th percentile (146-148) to be considered.

Non-Merit Based Scholarships

Christian College Scholarship

In order to minister to graduates and employees of Christian colleges and universities, Trinity Law School is offering a scholarship worth 50 percent of the cost of tuition for the entire three-year law school degree to any graduate from a regionally accredited Christian college or university that is a member of the North American Coalition for Christian Admission Professionals and meets the requirements for admission to Trinity’s regular JD program. This scholarship also applies to the immediate family members of the employees at these colleges and universities.

Evangelical Free Church Scholarship

Trinity Law School is part of the Trinity International University family of schools; this family is part of the Evangelical Free Church of America. Because of this affiliation, as a voluntary service to the EFCA, Trinity Law School offers a scholarship worth 50 percent of the cost of tuition for the entire three-year law degree to the following: members of EFCA churches for at least one year, employees of EFCA churches, and immediate family members of full-time EFCA church or denomination employees. Candidates must also meet the requirements for admission into Trinity’s regular JD program.

Founder’s Scholarship

This scholarship honors the vision of Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, a renowned historian and lawyer; Dr. Harold Lindsell, a popular Bible scholar; and Dr. Walter Martin, a celebrated Christian apologist. Each desired to integrate law, human rights, and Christian apologetics into a single academic institution through the founding of Simon Greenleaf University (where Trinity Law School first began). This vision is continued by awarding scholarships to students who demonstrate the desire to integrate law and theology.

Grants, Loans, and Other Aid Options

Public Service Grants

These grants are awarded to first-year law students demonstrating a commitment to public and community service. Examples of grant recipients may include pastors and their families, or law enforcement personnel, as well as applicants with significant volunteer involvement in their community.

Community College Grants

These are awarded to AA or AS graduates of California community colleges who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree and who are beginning their first year of law study. These awards are based upon a superior score on the LSAT and academic excellence.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Trinity Law School participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree training institutions) in the U.S. to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and the VA will match the same amount. Trinity Law School will contribute up to $4,000 per semester for any student who qualifies for this program.

Church Match Scholarship

If a church donates funds towards your education, Trinity Law School will match the donations each academic year. Certain restrictions apply (talk to your admissions counselor for more details).

Bar Study Loans

Credit worthy JD students or those with a credit worthy co-signer may be eligible for bar study loans, which are private educational loans that can be used to cover the costs associated with bar preparation courses and bar exam expenses. Different lenders have varying requirements, interest rates, and borrowing limits. Generally, the maximum loan is $15,000.

Bar study loans should be researched, applied for, and procured entirely by the student; they are NOT considered part of your financial aid package. This means the loans will be sent via paper check to the borrower directly, not through Trinity.

The following links will take you to common bar loan lender websites: