Tuition Benefit Program

Luther College is pleased to be able to offer its faculty and staff a benefit that is highly unique in today’s workplace: higher education for one’s dependents. It is a privilege to be engaged in the mission of higher education, and to be able to offer that experience to family members of Luther employees is worthy of institutional support.

To monitor and manage the cost of the Tuition Benefit Program and to ensure all employees have equal access to the process, the following guidelines have been established.

Application Process

There is a three-step application process for the Tuition Benefit Program.

Step 1: The application form, due November 1, notifies Luther College that you have a dependent who will be applying or re-applying for the tuition benefit. This is a preliminary list of colleges your child is interested in applying to.

Step 2: A finalized list of colleges that your child will be applying to is due December 1. Please email your list to schasc01@luther.edu.

Step 3: The confirmation form, due May 15 of the following year, confirms the specific benefit program your dependent will be utilizing and the college or university your dependent will be attending.

Both forms are available on the Human Resources web site. It is the employee’s responsibility to meet the November 1, December 1 and May 15 deadlines. Failure to do so can result in your dependent not receiving this benefit. 

Additional Form Required for Cash Benefit

Faculty taking advantage of the Cash Benefit program must submit their bill from the institution their dependent is attending within 30 days of the receipt of the bill to the Director of Financial Aid. Failure to meet this deadline will result in forfeiture of the cash benefit for that year.

Selection Process

Luther College offers five different types of tuition benefit programs:

  • Luther College benefit: all employee dependents will receive this benefit in accordance with the Luther Human Resource employee handbook as long as the appropriate forms are turned in to the Vice President for Enrollment Management by the designated deadlines.
  • ELCA benefit: all employee dependents will be certified as exports on this program as long as the appropriate forms are turned in to the Vice President for Enrollment Management by the designated deadlines. The receiving institution will determine the amount of the benefit and eligibility.
  • ACM (Associated Colleges of the Midwest) benefit: up to eight new students each year will be certified for this benefit. Certification will be offered using the following criteria: application turned in by the required date and an employee’s length of service to Luther College. All dependents certified under this program will receive a minimum of 80% of the importing institution’s tuition, with 30% of the tuition cost being covered by Luther and 50% being provided by the importing institution. Notification will be sent to the employee by January 15 of each year.
  • NTE (National Tuition Exchange) benefit: up to eight new students each year will be certified for this benefit. Certification will be offered using the following criteria: application turned in by the required date, an employee’s length of service to the College, and maintenance of Luther’s import and export balances as required by NTE. It is up to the receiving institution to determine eligibility for this benefit. The amount of the benefit is set by the NTE. Notification that Luther has certified your dependent as an export on this program will be sent to the employee by January 15 of each year.
  • Cash benefit: all faculty dependents will receive this benefit in accordance with the Luther Faculty Handbook and as long as the appropriate application forms and invoices are submitted by the required deadlines. The dollar amount your dependent will receive is based on the amount of money available in the Cash Benefit Fund and the number of faculty dependents applying for this benefit. This benefit is capped at $150,000. When eligible requests exceed the total of unencumbered funds, available funds for new requests will be allocated in proportion to the total eligible requests.

September 2011