Federal financial aid is available for all Trinity students through the Direct Unsubsidized Loan ($20,500/year, 6.6%) and the Direct PLUS Loan for Graduates (amount varies, 7.6%). The average financial aid package is $28,500 per year and can be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, and some living expenses. Contact the admissions office for more information about financial aid and the application process.
Applicants who meet the requirements for admission to the regular JD program are automatically considered for merit and non-merit based scholarships based on the information provided throughout the admissions process. Most scholarships are renewable as long as specific academic requirements are maintained each semester. Contact Admissions at 714-796-7100 to learn more about specific scholarship requirements.
Merit scholarships are based primarily on your LSAT score (145+) and academic background. Awards vary from $2,000 to full-tuition with the possibility of stipend.
Non-merit scholarships are offered for those who have graduated from a Christian college (institution must be a member of NACCAP to qualify), are members of an EFCA church, who are coming to law school with only an AA/AS degree, or who have a history of public service.
The Mephibosheth Scholarship provides special assistance for individuals who have a physical or sensory impairment that is likely to continue indefinitely.
If your church donates funds towards your education, Trinity will match the donations each academic year through the Church Match Scholarship.
The Legal Advantage Scholarship is awarded to Master of Legal Studies students who demonstrate a deep understanding of the advantages that an MLS can provide in their respective fields. The total awarded for this scholarship is up to $4,500 over the course of the entire degree program, and the scholarship is renewable as long as specific academic criteria are met each semester. Please contact the MLS admissions office at 800-257-1486 to learn more.
Students enrolled in the Nonprofit Organizations or Church and Ministry Management tracks automatically receive a 50% scholarship upon acceptance to the MLS program. The scholarship is renewable as long as specific academic criteria are met each semester and cannot be combined with other scholarships. Please contact the MLS admissions office at 800-257-1486 to learn more.
Creditworthy JD students or those with a creditworthy cosigner 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: