Determining Financial Need

At Luther your need-based financial aid is based on information gathered from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A standard formula mandated by the federal government is used to calculate your Student Aid Index (SAI), or the amount of money your family is expected to be able to pay towards your education in a given year. Your SAI will be the same for every school to which you apply.

Financial Aid then takes the total cost for attending Luther for a year (including an estimate for the cost of books, transportation and personal expenses) and Student Aid Index. The result is your demonstrated need. In other words:

Total Cost of Luther Education – Your Student Aid Index = Your Demonstrated Need at Luther

Once your demonstrated need has been determined, the Luther Financial Aid Office puts together an offer of scholarships, grants, work-study and loans that will make a Luther education affordable for you and your family. It is important to note that while the FAFSA is a tool that simply plugs numbers into a formula, Luther’s financial aid staff is made up of caring people who recognize that your family is about more than numbers on a page. Our staff looks at each student and family individually; if your family has a unique circumstance—the loss of a job, medical expenses, a parent in college, etc.—please contact the Financial Aid Office for guidance.

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Financial Aid Office

Main 27
700 College Drive
Decorah, Iowa 52101

Phone: 563-387-1018
Fax: 563-387-2241