A Common Misconception: Addressing Affordability at Trinity
In a world increasingly given over to idolatry, self-indulgence, and moral relativism, spiritual training is an essential dimension of a Christian education. Instilling spiritual wisdom alongside conventional wisdom is no longer optional for our children—it is necessary. Because providing such an education requires the best resources for our students and competitive salaries for our amazing faculty and staff, it can also mean that some families believe they are unable to afford tuition and assume that Trinity is not an option for them.
Making Christian Education Accessible:
Don’t be too quick to make that assumption. At Trinity, we are committed to granting access to as many families as possible. We do not want a family’s financial situation to be the factor that determines whether their children are able to attend Trinity, and we strive to achieve an economically diverse campus. Here’s how:
- No student at Trinity pays more than about 90 percent of what a Trinity education is worth. We’re able to accomplish this through generous donor support of our Annual Fund, through dedicated volunteers, and through events and activities that help raise money for Trinity.
- Trinity offers Variable Tuition, a need-based financial aid structure, which aims to match tuition to a family’s financial situation. To help in this effort every year, the Board of Trustees has set aside over 1.5 million dollars, most of which is financed through the Annual Fund. The donations we receive toward this fund help over 200 students who otherwise would not be able to afford a Trinity education.
Making a Lasting Impact:
We have heard moving stories from many of the families who have benefitted from these generous donations, with parents recognizing the lifelong impact such donations have had on their children, and students expressing their gratefulness to the strangers who made it possible for them to have the education, friends, mentors, and relationship with Christ that they attribute to attending Trinity. Without these donors, this life-changing gift that we are overjoyed to give to families in need would not be possible.
How You Can Help:
Join us at the Third Annual Trinity Classic on September 20, 2021. All proceeds from this fundraising event go directly to the Annual Fund to support tuition assistance. Golfers are invited to play in the golf tournament, and if you don’t have a foursome, we’ll take care of the logistics and partner you up with a group. If you’re not much of a golfer, you can participate in a tennis or pickleball clinic, sponsor a tee sign, or even just join us for dinner after the event. Registration is open, so sign up here!
We exhort you with the words of 2 Corinthians 9:7, to “give cheerfully” as those to whom so much has been given in Christ Jesus, by contributing as you are able to our Annual Fund to make this unique Trinity education possible for others. We are very thankful and humbled by the generous outpouring of our community to care for those less fortunate than themselves and to afford the same opportunities to others as have been afforded to them.
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About the Author
Jo Wilbur is a Communications Specialist at TCS and proud JMU grad who loves writing, shopping, and making new friends. She and her husband live in Purcellville and spend time together cooking plant-based meals, singing worship songs, and volunteering as Young Life leaders in their community.