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Lehigh's Office of Financial Aid invites you to contact them to discuss the application process below.

Office of Financial Aid
Lehigh University
27 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: (610) 758-3181
Fax: (610) 758-6211


All Lehigh applicants are eligible to apply for financial aid, regardless of your family’s financial circumstance; however, not all families may demonstrate the financial need to qualify for certain types of aid. Be sure to be as thorough as possible when completing the necessary forms so you provide a complete picture of your family’s financial circumstances. If all of the required paperwork is submitted and complete by the given deadlines, a student’s calculated financial need may be met with a combination of self-help (federal and institutional loans) and gift-aid (grants and scholarships), based on the availability of funds.


The below materials are required if you are applying for institutional need-based aid. If you are applying for federal aid only, you will only need to submit the FAFSA. If you have been selected for verification by the government then you may be required to submit additional documents, such as the Lehigh University Application for Financial Aid, and/or use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, as requested by our office.

STEP 1: Complete the 2017-2018 College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid PROFILE. The CSS Profile is an application that determines institutional aid eligibility. Check our important deadlines table for deadlines to file the CSS/PROFILE. A fee of $25 is charged for the first school and $16 for each additional school. (Fees may be waived depending on income. A waiver is issued during the registration process.) Lehigh’s code is: 2365.

STEP 2: Complete the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA determines eligibility for Federal aid. The form will not be available until October 1. Lehigh’s code is: 003289.

STEP 3: Submit copies of student’s and parents’ Federal Tax Returns for tax year 2015, along with all accompanying schedules and W-2 forms. If student or parent(s) does not file a tax return and is not required to file a tax return, be sure to indicate this on the Lehigh University Financial Aid Application

STEP 4: Complete and submit the 2017-2018 Lehigh University Financial Aid Application (PDF). All FA documents can either be:

STEP 5: Check if any supplemental applications are required for state grants or scholarships.



If your biological parents are not married, and your custodial parent is not remarried, you must submit the Non-custodial Parent's Statement, along with copies of Non-custodial Parent's 2015 tax returns, W-2s and any accompanying schedules. This form follows the same deadline as the custodial parent's forms.

If the Non-custodial parent is unable to submit these materials, please contact the Office of Financial Aid to speak with a Financial Aid Counselor.


Submit if either parent is self-employed or an owner (part of full) of a corporation/partnership. Attach copies of the business tax returns (Schedule C, corporate tax returns and/or partnership tax returns). 

Status of submitted paperwork can be viewed on the student portal. Allow 5-7 days for processing.


If there are circumstances or special items you wish to have considered during your financial aid review, you can submit a written statement with your financial aid application. Additionally, we welcome and encourage you to contact our office, to speak with your Financial Aid Counselor about your circumstances.


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Important Deadlines

Student TypeDeadline to file: CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®**, Non Custodial Parent Profile, FAFSA
Deadline to submit: personal and business 2015 Federal tax returns* and W2s
& Lehigh University Financial Aid Application**
Award Notification
Early Decision INovember 15Mid-December
Early Decision IIJanuary 1Mid-February
Regular DecisionFebruary 1Late March
Fall TransferMarch 1Late May
Current StudentsMarch 15Late June

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*Note: Federal Tax Returns must be submitted for custodial parent, student, noncustodial parent (if applicable), and business taxes (if applicable) by the deadlines given. 

**These items are required if you are applying for institutional need-based financial aid. You do not need to submit these items if you are applying for Federal Aid only.

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