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Apply for Financial Aid

REMEMBER: To be considered for MLC Grants, the deadline to file the 2015-16 FAFSA and to submit the MLC Financial Aid Application is April 15, 2015, and November 2, 2015, for Semester II enrollees.

SALEM GRANT APPLICATIONS will be mailed to pastoral studies students in the spring.

In order to apply for financial aid, please follow the steps as outlined here:

  1. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on their website.
  2. Fill out and submit the Martin Luther College Financial Aid Application.

We also have some tips on filling out your FAFSA and other aid applications.

What is this Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)?

The Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) is available to FAFSA filers. You will be presented with the option to use this tool to import data from your 2013 tax return into your FAFSA.

The DRT can be used two to three weeks after filing an electronic tax return. Tax returns submitted by mail aren't available for using the DRT for up to eight weeks.

Use of the DRT makes it less likely that your FAFSA is chosen for verification, and if it is chosen, the verification process is much simpler.

If your FAFSA is chosen for verification and the DRT was not used, you will need to request a tax return transcript from the IRS and submit it to the Financial Aid Office.

File your taxes as early as possible.  If taxes cannot be filed by April 15, estimate the tax information and update the information when taxes are completed.

For students whose parents are ministers of the gospel, the DRT tool does not import all of the needed information to determine the correct financial aid.  We may request a signed copy of the tax return, W-2 forms, and a copy of Schedule SE to provide for the proper protection allowance for self-employment taxes.

Net Partner

Net Partner puts you in charge of your information

By going to MLC’s portal and the secure Net Partner site, you will be able to access your financial aid from anywhere in the world using only an internet browser.  No longer will you need to remember to take home, or to whichever part of the world you are going during summer vacation, the award letter and important information that were included.  Here are some of the things you can do:

  • Learn of required documents needed to verify your FAFSA.  When documents needed are determined, we send an email advising you to log in to Net Partner.
  • Print forms that need to be completed so you can return them as an attachment by email, fax, or via the postal service.
  • View the financial aid you are awarded.  Again, we notify you by email that your aid is processed.
  • Accept loans by printing the Loan Request Form and completing the process outlined on the form.

Only students who have submitted a FAFSA can have an electronic account.  Net Partner will be available about March 1. Net Partner does not include your Student Billing Account information.

Working with your Net Partner account

We will send you an email when Net Partner is available to you to set up your account.  Our first email to you will be to inform you of further information that is needed or that your financial aid package is ready.  By setting up your account and logging into Net Partner, you will be able to view the information.  If certain documents are needed, you will be able to download them from Net Partner and submit them by email attachment, fax, mail, or bringing them to the Financial Aid Office.

To set up your account click on the Net Partner link on the left, or you may access it by going to the MLC Portal under Tools.

Current Net Partner Users
Your "Student ID" for Net Partner is your Social Security Number (without dashes). If you've forgotten your Password, you can retrieve it by clicking on "Forgot your Password?" in the LOG IN box.

Are you new to Net Partner?
Click on the "First Time User" link in the LOG IN box, enter your Social Security Number (without dashes) and click "Submit". You will be asked to answer two account activation questions to verify your identity.
IMPORTANT! One of the questions will be date of birth. The slashes must be entered. For example, enter DOB as 01/03/1995. The other question will be the name of the city you are from as it was entered on your FAFSA. You will then be asked to create a Password. Please keep this Password, as you will use it to access this site to review your financial aid status. You will also be asked to answer security questions. Answering these questions will enable you to create a new Password if you forget your Password.

First time users must have a completed FAFSA directed to Martin Luther College in order to use Net Partner. If you have not begun the FAFSA financial aid application process, you can get started by completing online the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by going to Enter our school code, 002361, on your FAFSA, and we will automatically receive a copy.

1. Enter your SS # (without dashes) in the Student ID field

2. Select “First Time User”

3. Follow the instructions

4. Create your Password

You can now access your financial aid.