2014-15 General Information

General Information

2014-15 Costs
Tuition   38,170.00
Technology Fee   $200.00
Quad/Triple Room* 3,140.00
Double Room*     3,400.00
Single Room*     4,380.00
Prairie/Sustainability Double
Baker Village 4-Unit** 
Prairie/Sustainability Single
Baker Village 6-Unit**
Norby Triple* 3,480.00
Norby Double* 3,720.00
Norby Single* 4,570.00
Apartment with kitchen**   4,050.00
Apartment without kitchen*     3,140.00
Board      3,950.00
Optional CAF Fee (see below) 205.00
Music Lesson - Private-1/2 hr per week 425.00
Music Lesson - Class 170.00
Lifetime Academic Transcript Fee 50.00
Parking Permit - on campus 160.00
Parking Permit - commuter 110.00


*Full Board Required
**See Dining Services for optional board plans

The Optional CAF Fee (co-curricular activities fee)

All full-time students, including those registered for off-campus programs, are charged a CAF Fee. Payment of this fee entitles you to free or reduced admission to events, such as concerts and speakers, sponsored by the Student Activities Council and by the Campus Programming Office. This fee is optional. If you do not wish to participate in this program, complete and return the CAF form to the Office for Financial Services by August 10, 2014. Additional information about the CAF Fee is found on the form.

The Technology Fee

The technology fee provides and enhances access to a wide variety of technologies supporting curricular and residential life for all Luther students. Access to Internet bandwidth, web-based resources, academic computing labs and software, multimedia equipment, and services to support these technologies are all  supported through this fee. All students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours will be charged the technology fee, except for itinerant students and high school students enrolled under the postsecondary options act.

Lifetime Academic Transcript Fee

This fee allows for lifetime academic transcripts at no additional charge.

The Admission Deposit/Continuing Enrollment Deposit

The deposit not only secured your place as a student at Luther, but it will also be used to help offset any charges that remain unpaid at the end of the academic year (for example: library and parking fines). The unused portion of the deposit will be credited to your account. This credit will be carried forward into the following year for returning students. Graduates and other non-returning students will be refunded the unused balance.

Payments On Your Student Account

Student Responsibility for Payments

Luther expects students to accept the responsibility for making the necessary arrangements to have bills paid on a timely basis. Consequently, communications concerning outstanding balances are sent directly to students, not to parents. Please pay close attention to payment due dates and other deadlines.

Web Statement of Account

You may access your statement of account by going to http://my.luther.edu, logging in using your user ID and Norse Key, and selecting the Students menu. Then select Web Statement of Account. The web statement of account will appear in the same format as the printed statements.  You will be able to view cash receipts, monthly payment plans, and work credit plans as soon as they are processed. Any changes to your statement of account caused by revisions to your financial aid will also be available for immediate viewing. Consult the help screen for printing and emailing information.

Parent Portal

A student can grant permission for a parent to use the parent portal to view the student’s financial and/or academic information via http://my.luther.edu.  When a student grants a parent permission to view the financial information, this also grants permission for the parent to have conversations with Financial Services (billing statements, charges, credits, payments and past due amounts) and Financial Aid (awards, application data, disbursements, eligibility and missing documentation) offices. For more information on the parent portal go to the Parent Portal site.

Schedule of Payments

In June (July for returning students), you will receive a statement of account showing your basic charges (for example: tuition and fees) and credits (for example: financial aid awarded) for fall semester. In December, you will receive a statement of account showing your charges and credits for spring semester. Paying the balance on your account can be done several ways:

•    Pay by the Year – the full year’s payment is due August 10.   If you choose this option, you may use the monthly payment plan worksheet to help you calculate the amount of your payment. You do not have to return the worksheet to Luther; it is simply a tool to help you calculate your payment.

•    Pay by the Semester – the fall semester payment is due August 10; the spring semester is due January 10.  If you choose this payment option, you may use the monthly payment plan worksheet to determine the amount of your payments without waiting for your statement of account.  You do not have to return the worksheet to Luther; it is simply a tool to help you calculate your payment.

•    Pay by the Month – Luther manages its own interest-free monthly payment plan.  The monthly payment plan allows you to budget and pay for your Luther charges in 8 manageable monthly installments (July-Oct and Dec-Mar).  If you would like to participate, simply complete the monthly payment plan worksheet and return it to the Office for Financial Services (please keep a copy for your records). Your first monthly payment is due July 15.  If you do not receive your financial aid award in time to begin the monthly payment plan by July 15, you may still participate by including all back payments with your first payment. Please see the worksheet for more detailed information, including the free Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) option. Note, there is a setup charge of $100 per semester for plans which do not use the EFT option.

Debit/Credit Card and e-Check Payments

Debit/Credit card and e-check payments can only be made using http://my.luther.edu. Debit/Credit card and e-check payments are not accepted over the phone or at the cashier’s window. You will be charged a 2.5 percent service fee for credit and debit card payments. Cards accepted include MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and Visa. There is no service fee for e-check payments. Parents are also able to make some payments via the parent portal. Due to portal technology limitations, parents will be unable to make monthly payment plan and work credit plan payments. However, students will be able to make the plan payments. See Debit/Credit Card and E-Check Payments page.

Late Charges

On the 10th of each month, a $100 late charge will be assessed on student receivables with an outstanding balance or with pending financial aid. For more information about the $100 late charge, pending financial aid, and unbilled tuition, room, and board, see Late Charge page.

Other Information About Your Student Account

Work Credit Plan

Your financial aid award most likely contained work-study as one of the options to help you pay for college. In order for you to use a portion of your work-study earnings to help pay for college, you must participate in the work credit plan. Please complete the application and return it to the Office for Financial Services by July 1 (please keep a copy for your records). See the application for more details.

Alternative Financing Options

The Financial Aid Office has already provided you with information regarding alternative financing options, which assist families with spreading out educational expenses over an extended period of time. 

For specific information and application materials, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 563-387-1018 or 800-458-8437 ext. 1018.   [Note: Most private loans require three weeks to process and should be done for the full year’s balance. Please begin the application process early enough to have loans approved by the processor prior to August 10.]

Additional Charges

If additional charges (for example: music lessons, extra credit hour charges) are incurred during the year, you will receive an email requesting you to review your web statement of account to facilitate payment of these charges.


Student receivable is defined as the account where your charges and credits (such as financial aid or payments) are recorded. Your statement of account lists your student receivable transactions in detail, as well as providing a summary of your monthly payment plan and work credit plan accounts.

Additional Information

For more information on charges, late fees, and refund policies, please refer to the “Cost and Financial Policies” section of the Luther College Catalog. The link to the Catalog, as well as other student cost information and forms, is on our website. The Office for Financial Services can be contacted at 563-387-1015 or 1-800-458-8437 ext 1015.

Next Year…

Each April, returning students will receive an email indicating the new forms are available on the website. Forms are not sent out to returning students.