In order to be eligible for any of the Luther Seminary's student loan programs you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can go there now by clicking the link in the right hand panel.
Even if you think you do not need student loans to finance your seminary education we still encourage you to complete the application. Situations change over the course of the year and unexpected situations may arise that require additional funding. If your FAFSA is complete, we can respond quickly to these surprises. Depending on the time of the year it can take up to 3 weeks to get all the necessary steps completed to process a student loan if we are starting from the beginning.
The second reason to complete your FAFSA is that our office, from time to time, receives scholarship or grant funds that must dispersed to students based on need. If we have your FAFSA information we can include you in these types of requests.
Our recommendation: Complete the FAFSA.
To complete the FAFSA you will need a copy of your prior years tax return. You can complete the FAFSA before completing your taxes, you will just need the accurate numbers that will be files. The FAFSA for the new year becomes available January 1 of each year. We encourage you to file as early as possible. If you have completed the FAFSA in the past you should have received a federal PIN number. If you still have this number you can "sign" your application right online and your initial application will be complete. When you enter the FAFSA school code for Luther Seminary (G02357), we will receive the information electronically. You will not need to submit a paper copy to our office.
If you are completing the application for the first time you will need to print the signature page at the end of the application and mail it to the indicated address. Within a week or so you should receive your federal PIN number which will allow you to access your FAFSA application online should you need to make changes, sign future year FAFSA applications and if you are applying for Federal Stafford Loans you will be able to electronically sign the promissory note using your pin.
If you want to apply for a PIN number prior to completing your FAFSA or if you have forgotten your pin, you can request that it be sent to you by going to www.pin.ed.gov. Within a couple of days you will receive your PIN via email.