Luther College has special associations with various off-campus providers. You may study through one of these programs, other colleges and universities, or through a selected approved direct enrollment program. If you choose to participate in one of these programs, you will be considered an itinerant student.
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You will be required to pay Luther an itinerant fee for each program you attend. You are responsible for paying the actual fees charged by the program. Depending on the program, these fees may be less than the Luther comprehensive fee. In most cases, you will be billed directly by the program. It is important that you pay close attention to the program payment due dates. Review your charges carefully to determine if room and board are included in your statement. Some programs bill separately for room and/or board expenses. You should work with the Center for Global Learning or the Financial Aid Office to determine if charges include room and board.
As an itinerant student, you are not eligible to receive your Luther College scholarships or grants. However, you are allowed to use assistance from selected Federal, outside scholarship and loan funds for which you qualify. This would include Federal Pell Grant and any outside scholarship or church portion of EPIC funds you have been awarded as well as Federal Direct Stafford Loan. In addition, the Financial Aid Office will assist you in evaluating your eligibility for Federal Direct PLUS or private educational loan. These programs are outlined on the Loans section of this website.
If you are planning to study off-campus, it is very important that you complete the financial aid application early. Complete the following steps early in the calendar year to ensure that funds are here prior to your departure.
In addition to the application materials outlined above, you will need to complete and submit the following forms to receive financial aid as an itinerant student:
Some itinerant programs offer competitive scholarships. See the program website information regarding these opportunities. You should also apply for a Gilman Scholarship if you are a Federal Pell Grant recipient (see the Financial Aid Office for details).
Once your aid is finalized and your loan has been approved, the Financial Aid Office will notify the program of your expected funding. Most programs will hold that portion of your balance due until the funds are received. It is your responsibility to pay any remaining balance to your program by the due date. You are not eligible to participate in Luther's monthly payment plan. However, some programs have their own monthly payment arrangements or are affiliated with other plans. Contact your program for details.
In some cases, you may be required to make a partial payment to your program before financial aid funds are available, even with a commitment of funding. Read materials from your program carefully. Some foreign institutions will not accept a Luther check in U.S. dollars. In those cases, you will need to arrange to make required payments to the program by their due date. Financial aid would then be refunded to you at your home address about the third week of the semester.
For your protection, we strongly encourage you to consider only approved programs for your off-campus experience. If you choose to direct enroll in a program that is not approved, please be aware of the following concerns: