Financing a Luther Education

Every year, Luther awards a significant amount of financial aid to entering international students and U.S. students living abroad. Funds are awarded for full-time study during the nine-month academic year on the basis of academic merit and family financial need. A typical academic award usually combines scholarships and grant money (which does not have to be repaid) with on-campus work. A work-study job is guaranteed to every international student who chooses to work on campus. Students earn approximately $3,000 by working 12-13 hours per week during the academic year.

Luther College's funds for international students are not limitless, however. In general, students should expect to pay for a portion (up to one half or more) of their own educational expenses through family funds and/or aid programs offered through local or national churches, government agencies, and cultural organizations.

To apply for financial aid as an international student, you must submit a completed, signed, and verified International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA), indicating your ability to finance your travel to and study at Luther College.

In addition to the ISFAA, you should submit certified bank statements, parental wage statements, or other documents that provide evidence of your ability to finance a portion of the costs related to your studies. You must also submit the application for admission and other documents as outlined on this website.

Note: U.S. students living abroad do NOT submit the ISFAA. Instead, you are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your possible eligibility for U.S. government assistance available to U.S. citizens, irrespective of whether or not you live in the country