Admissions Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Students

Trinity eagerly welcomes your application and enrollment!

We know you’ve got questions – and Trinity has answers!

This has been quite a year! We’re all getting back to campus and we’re ready to welcome you to Trinity! These are still uncertain times yet we know you are eager to take the next step and go to college. Trinity’s Admissions Office is open and we’re always available to answer your questions. We encourage you to apply to Trinity – the application is online and there’s no fee. We are handling admissions applications every day, and staff in Trinity’s financial aid office are processing financial aid packages.

We know everyone is stressed about money and we can help: Trinity has the lowest tuition of any private university in the Washington region, and with financial aid, Trinity is very affordable. We work with you every step of the way.

Please read through these questions and answers, from financial aid to the application process. If you still have questions, please contact the Admissions Office by calling us at 202-884-9400 or emailing admissions@trinitydc.edu We’re here for you!

ACADEMIC PROGRAM QUESTIONS

Will Trinity offer Fall 2021 classes on-campus and in-person? 

Yes! Daytime undergraduate classes in the College of Arts and Sciences and most classes in the School of Nursing and Health Professions will return to campus in Fall 2021. A few classes may remain in hybrid (a mix of online and face-to-face classes) or online formats.  Learn more here.

Will Trinity continue to offer classes online?

Yes! Here are the highlights for Fall 2021 semester; learn more here.

  • Most evening/weekend undergraduate courses in the School of Professional Studies will be online in Fall 2021; some classes may be on campus in the fall or will be hybrid – a mix of online and face-to-face classes.
  • Graduate courses will remain online in Fall 2021, except for those with laboratory components.
  • All classes in Summer 2021 sessions will remain online.

Does Trinity offer 100% online programs? 

Yes! Trinity has several programs that are now 100% online: MBA (Master of Business in Administration); Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Public Relations; RN-to-BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing for registered nurses).

What is happening to clinical requirements for Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Counseling, Teacher Preparation, School Leadership and other programs that require “live” clinical instruction?

Trinity is working with our clinical partners and the agencies that regulate licensure programs requiring clinical education to determine the best strategies for clinical placements. Trinity is doing everything possible to keep students in licensure programs progressing toward degrees.

ADMISSIONS PROCESS QUESTIONS

I am having a hard time getting official transcripts from my other schools. Will this hold up getting an admissions decision from Trinity?

No, this will not hold up an admissions decision if you can provide unofficial transcripts, diplomas or other documents attesting to your academic performance at other schools. If that evidence supports your admission, you will receive a conditional admission letter and you will have to provide the official transcript by the start of your new semester. Trinity will work with you if there is any further delay due to how the coronavirus crisis is affecting the ability of many schools to process transcript requests.

My guidance counselor/supervisor cannot provide a formal letter of recommendation at this time. Will this hold up my application?

No, this will not hold up your application, if you let us know that you are having a hard time getting the recommendation letter, we will proceed to review your application. If the evidence supports your admission, you will receive a conditional admissions letter and you will have to provide the recommendations once you enroll. Trinity will work with you to be sure that delays in credentials due to the coronavirus will not affect your ability to enroll at Trinity.

I sent my letters of recommendation and transcripts through regular mail. Are you open to receive paper credentials?

Yes, Trinity’s Post Office is open each day and Admissions staff are working in the office and remotely to process applications.

My high school has been chaotic in the transition to learning at home and back to the classroom, and I’m worried that my senior grades will not be very good, and I’m also worried about graduation. What is your advice?

We completely understand the many disruptions and stresses of the coronavirus crisis era, and we will review your entire academic performance, not just your senior grades. What’s important is that you put in the effort and try to do your best, but please do not stress about your actual grades. Concerning completion of your high school diploma, the federal government requires a diploma in order for you to be eligible for federal financial aid. If you are not sure that you will receive your diploma, please let us know and we will work with you to determine the best next steps.

I haven’t been able to visit the campus.  Is there a way to meet some students and see the campus virtually – and actually visit campus in-person?

Yes! Admissions Recruiters and Student Ambassadors will be delighted to speak with you; call 202-884-9400 to get connected. Our Admissions team host virtual programs to help acquaint you with Trinity, our students and faculty. To see the complete list of virtual Admissions programs and dates visit the Admissions events page on our website. Starting in June 2021, Trinity Admissions will welcome you for on-campus tours! 

PAYING FOR COLLEGE AND FINANCIAL AID

I’m not sure I can afford to attend college with so much financial uncertainty all around. What advice can you give me?

We can help you!  Trinity understands the financial stress that every student is feeling right now, and we have strong sources of financial aid to help you. You can get the conversation started by calling the Admissions Office at 202-884-9400 or emailing admissions@trinitydc.edu

What’s most important is that you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is the starting point to help us work with you to see how much financial aid you might get. You may qualify for a Pell Grant, federal loans, or other kinds of assistance. If you are a DC Resident, there are other kinds of aid that might be available. Trinity also has donor-funded scholarships and private sources of financial aid to help our students. Your Admissions Recruiter can put you in touch with a financial aid advisor to work through the various options for financial aid.

While this time is stressful, it’s important to stay focused on your long-term goals. Having a college education will put you in a much better position to take advantage of the jobs and careers that will open up after the current crisis. Think of the many new jobs that will be available in healthcare, public health, technology, business and finance, human resources management — all of the issues on the front pages every day require college-educated talent, and  Trinity has the programs that prepare students for work in these areas.

I was working in an early childhood center in DC and got laid off. Am I still eligible for the financial aid that was tied to my job?

Yes. You should stay in the program and continue to move toward your degree, this will be even more important for you as childcare centers reopen.

How much does it cost to go to Trinity?

Trinity has the lowest tuition of any private university in the Washington region, and with financial aid, Trinity is very affordable. Tuition price depends on whether you are full-time or part-time, undergraduate or graduate, so you should check the fees on our tuition website. However, you should know that what you actually pay out of your own pocket depends on how much financial aid you qualify for, so please go ahead and complete the FAFSA form and then our financial aid team will work with you to calculate how much you will pay to attend Trinity.

Trinity: No Tuition Increases on our Already Low Tuition – Plus Many Fees Waived for the Fall 2021 Semester:

  • Trinity is affordable: Trinity’s tuition is the lowest among all private universities in the region – and Trinity offers generous scholarships! Our Financial Aid team helps you every step of the way.
  • No tuition increase for fall 2021: We know this past year has been challenging. That’s why Trinity didn’t increase our already low tuition rates for this fall.
  • NO fees to apply to Trinity (and no SATs required; no GREs required).
  • NO Parking Fees for the fall 2021 semester.
  • NO New Student Enrollment fee: Trinity no longer charges this one-time fee that is usually $300 for College of Arts and Sciences, $100 for all other schools.
  • NO Course Fees for individual courses:  Figuring out college costs can be complicated. Trinity has streamlined costs – course fees are not added on. No surprises!
  • Campus Housing Available, All Single Rooms, One Flat Rate: For Fall 2021, all residents will be placed one student per room at a flat room rate of $4,000 – $2,000 per semester; there is no additional charge for singles.

STUDENT LIFE QUESTIONS

Will Trinity offer residence hall options on campus in Fall 2021? 

Yes, residence halls will be open in the fall 2021. All Single Rooms, One Flat Rate: For Fall 2021, all residents will be placed one student per room at a flat room rate of $4,000 – just $2,000 per semester; there is no additional charge for single rooms.

Will Trinity Athletics offer opportunities for athletes in 2021-2022?

Yes, we sure hope so!  The Trinity Tigers are a big part of campus life, and we are all looking forward to cheering for our teams in the fall. There’s nothing quite like spending a long afternoon on the soccer field cheering for great players, or then heading to the Trinity Sports Center to cheer for our volleyball team. Basketball, tennis, softball are all sports that keep our students active and healthy year-round and give the rest of us many opportunities to cheer for the Trinity Tigers!

Do you still have questions? Please contact the Admissions Office by calling us at 202-884-9400 or emailing admissions@trinitydc.edu 

We’re here for you!