Students are encouraged to borrow only what they need and to seek outside scholarships and save summer earnings in order to reduce overall indebtedness. The Financial Aid Office works closely with students to achieve this goal. We also work diligently to ensure that our graduates will be able to repay their loans upon graduation—Luther's Stafford Loan default rate of less than four percent is evidence of our success.
In an effort to provide financial literacy to our students, Luther College has partnered with GradReady. GradReady is an online money management website that has videos and tools about subjects that include credit, student loans and identity theft. We encourage our students to set up a profile on this site and utilize it regularly.
At Luther College, the following types of loans may be available to you and your family to assist in financing educational costs:
Student loan programs awarded based on completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans borrowed under this program in 2019-20 will have a fixed interest rate of 4.53 percent.
Need-based loan program where funds are awarded to students based on FAFSA results. Loans in this program have a 5 percent fixed interest rate. New loans cannot be made on this program as of October 1, 2017.
This program allows parents to share the responsibility of financing a college education to help reduce the debt burden of their student. Parents borrow at a fixed rate of 7.08 percent for the 2019-20 academic year. FAFSA filing is required.
Loans offered by Luther College based on financial need, therefore, FAFSA filing is required. Loans in these programs have a fixed interest rate.
Other loan programs are available to allow a student or their parents to finance educational expenses over a longer period of time. These loans offer both fixed and variable interest rates, usually require a cosigner, and should be considered only after federal and institutional loan options have been exhausted.