Financial Assistance

Annually, more than 170 Trinity College School students and their families receive over $3 million in financial assistance. Generally, awards are limited to a maximum of 50% of the tuition fee for boarding students and 30% of the fee for day students. The average award for the last three years has been $20,000 for boarding students, $7,000 for Senior School day students and $3,000 for Junior School day students.

The School’s named bursaries do not have a fixed dollar amount; if a student wins a named bursary, the dollar value attached is directly tied to the financial need of the family.

The School has a fixed amount of financial assistance available to give each year, so the earlier a family’s application is received, the better the chance of receiving financial assistance. Although we wish we could offer assistance to all qualifying applicants, our funds are usually sufficient to help only 30-40% of those applying for assistance. Regardless, we encourage any interested families requiring assistance to apply.

In addition to our financial assistance program, the school offers several scholarships. Please visit our scholarships page to learn more.

How to apply for financial assistance

When applying to TCS, one of the questions we ask families is if they are interested in being considered for financial assistance. (Please check “yes” on the Online Application or the Online Inquiry Form if your family would like to learn more or be considered for financial assistance.) Before the application for financial assistance can be completed, a student must first be accepted to the School. Once accepted, the application process will proceed as follows:

  1. An email will be sent to the family with a link to the website for the independent accounting firm, Apple Financial.
  2. On the Apple Financial website, families will be asked to complete the “Parents’ Financial Statement” which includes listing income based on the latest income tax return, the net worth of the family, other sources of income, and other financial obligations.
  3. Apple Financial will then provide a report to the School which will recommend how much, if any, financial assistance should be given. Generally speaking, net worth is what usually disqualifies a family from our financial assistance program. The value of a cottage, for example, lumped together with a home, can put a family outside our formula for granting financial assistance.
  4. After the School's awards committee determines the amount to be given to a family, a full acceptance package will be sent to the family with the determined amount being offered.*
  5. A family may either accept or decline the offer.
  6. Families who accept are expected to sign the enrolment contract, a confidentiality agreement and pay the down payment and initiation fee within three weeks of the offer.

* Families must remember that there is a fixed amount of financial assistance available to give each year, so the earlier the application, the better the chance of receiving financial assistance (to a maximum of 50% of the tuition fee for boarding students and 30% for day students). An awards committee determines all awards given.

Want more information?

Click here to visit our Financial Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

What other assistance does the School offer?

TCS is pleased to offer several scholarships to outstanding applicants. Click here to learn more about scholarships.

Created in celebration of the School's 150th anniversary, the Canadian Families Boarding Incentive Program offers a $50,000 incentive to qualified Canadian boarding students. Click here to learn more.