Affording a Trinity Education
We believe that a Trinity education is an investment in your child's future, bringing significant returns throughout his or her life. We also believe that an important part of preparing our students for success in the real world requires that our school community mirror the real world, including a socio-economically diverse student body; therefore, we seek students from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds for our student body.
We appreciate that not every family can bear the full cost of a Trinity education. In keeping with the School’s mission, it is our goal that financial limitations do not prohibit any child from receiving a Trinity education. Financial need is not a factor in evaluating applications for admission. About 20% of Trinity students receive financial aid. At the same time, Trinity also believes that responsibility for a child’s education rests with the family and requires substantial commitment and prioritization of resources on their part.
Tuition assistance awards are provided through grants ranging from a few thousand dollars to 80% of tuition, depending on verified need. Awards are available for students in Prekindergarten through Eighth Grade. (Financial aid is not available for students enrolled at Les Enfants.) Financial aid only covers tuition and mandatory fees. It does not include fees for lunch, aftercare, and other discretionary items. Trinity awards approximately $1 million in assistance to students each year. We encourage any family with concerns regarding the ability to pay full tuition to submit a tuition assistance application.
Tuition awards are for one year. Parents must complete a new tuition assistance application every year. Unless there is a change in annual income or available assets, parents can typically expect the level of assistance to be the same from year to year.
- Q: How much aid would my family qualify for?
- Q: How is financial need determined for parents who are separated, divorced, or never married?
- Q: Who will see my application?
- Q: When do we find out if we will receive aid?
- Q: So, if we demonstrate need, we will receive an award?
- Q: Who should I contact for additional information or if I still have questions?
The Gaudet Scholarship
The France Joseph Gaudet Fund will be used solely for the education of Black/ African American children within the Diocese of Louisiana. The purpose of the Gaudet Scholarship Program is to advance the education of Black/African American students attending primary and secondary Episcopal schools that offer rigorous curricula in preparation for entry to and completion of college. A completed Financial Aid application and a contribution from the student's school are required for consideration of a Gaudet Scholarship award, and scholarships will be awarded to individual students.
For more information regarding the Gaudet Scholarship please contact the School's Admission Office at 504-525-8661 or visit the Gaudet Fund website.
Trinity Episcopal School has received financial support from the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, Gaudet Fund, making this award possible.
Tuition Assistance Dates
- January 3, 2024: Tuition Assistance Applications become available
- March 15, 2024: Deadline for completing and submitting the Tuition Assistance Application
- April 15, 2024: Deadline for uploading your supporting documentation, including 2022 tax returns, to your Blackbaud SMART Aid account
- May 3, 2024: Tuition Assistance decisions emailed to parents who met the posted deadlines
Applying for Tuition Assistance
We partner with Blackbaud Financial Aid Management (FAM), a third-party financial aid services provider that follows the methodology established by the National Association of Independent Schools, to collect and analyze financial information provided by families. To begin your application, go to the FAM website. The following documents will be required to complete the application. All documents are submitted directly to the online FAM application portal.
2023 W-2 and/or 1099 forms. Due March 15.
If self-employed, submit a K-1, Form 1040 Schedule C, or an estimated profit and loss statement. Due March 17.
2023, U.S. Income Tax Returns, including all pages and schedules. Due April 15. We understand that you may file a tax return extension. In that case, your file will be considered complete after all other requirements are submitted. The committee will review your information and make a recommendation on your award. This award is considered provisional until we receive a copy of your 2023 taxes. Once received, we will confirm that the information matches previously submitted data. The School reserves the right to amend your financial aid award if it does not match.
If this is your first time applying for financial aid, submit a copy of your 2022 income tax return, due March 18, 2024