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Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to meet 100% demonstrated need?
We use a combination of grants, scholarships, work study and loans to meet the gap between the cost of attendance and the calculated expected family contribution.  The calculated expected family contribution is calculated by the Lehigh Office of Financial Aid using the CSS PROFILE and all application materials.

If I was not awarded aid in my first year, is it possible to be awarded aid in subsequent years?
Yes, you may qualify to receive aid after your first year. You must file all required application materials on time and meet satisfactory academic progress requirements.

Do I have to apply for financial aid each year?
Yes, you do need to reapply each year. Financial need is reviewed annually to ensure the awards remain consistent with each student's financial situation. Therefore, you will need to reapply annually. Be on the lookout for materials sent via email and mail with reminders regarding impending deadlines.

Will my grade point average affect my ability to keep my financial aid award?
The majority of need-based aid requires that a student pass and complete a minimum of 12 new credits per semester with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 or better for each semester, while maintaining a grade point average of 2.0 cumulatively. Other scholarships may require a higher grade point average or continued participation in a certain activity. These expectations will be specified on your award notification.

I'm not sure if my family will qualify for need-based aid—should I still apply?
Yes, we encourage all students who feel they will need aid to apply for financial aid. Even if your family does not qualify for need-based aid, the Office of Financial Aid may have valuable information for you about alternative financing options.

If my family has unexpected financial challenges after I enroll, can my award be changed to accommodate my change in need?
Please notify the Office of Financial Aid immediately if your family experiences any unexpected change in your financial situation. Additional funding will depend on the availability of funds.

I believe my family's financial circumstances constitute need, but did not get aid. If I don't get aid from Lehigh, is there an appeals process?
Appeals, in writing, may be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid for review. If you feel there are extenuating financial circumstances and new information is now available that was not available at the time you first applied for aid, you are encouraged to provide this information. Additional funding will depend on the availability of funds.

Do you offer aid for non-U.S. citizens/permanent residents?
Non-U.S. citizens/permanent residents do not qualify for any federally funded programs, therefore the university subsidizes all funding through institutional sources. Each year we anticipate a fairly small and highly qualified group of non-U.S. citizens/permanent residents to be offered financial aid.

The following forms are required for consideration of financial aid for non-U.S. citizens/permanent residents:

  • CSS/Financial Aid Profile is accessible at and can be completed online. You will be required to pay a registration fee as well as a fee for each college to which your information will be sent. If your family circumstances prevent payment of this fee, please contact us.
  • A completed International Student Certification of Finances should also be submitted to the Admissions Office. This form is required of all non-U.S. citizens.

Please visit Information for Non-U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents for more information.

Alternative Sources of Financial Aid for Non-U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents

Students are encouraged to explore the possibilities of external assistance when financing a Lehigh University education. Immigration regulations and restrictions on off-campus summer employment in the United States make it imperative that overseas applicants know exactly where they can obtain funds (e.g. family resources, government grants, or savings). Corporations, foundations, service organizations, church groups, parent and school associations, etc. sponsor numerous educational assistance programs. All applicants should consult local education officials and make every effort to obtain outside sources of financial aid.

You may also find it helpful to contact your local EducationUSA office (, and to explore various online resources such as, International Education Financial Aid (IEFA),, or In addition, NAFSA, the Association of International Educators ( can provide you with information and publications on financing an education in the United States.

Furthermore, while Lehigh University is not associated with nor endorses any of the following foundations and institutes, we are happy to provide information about these organizations that may work with international students to provide funding for their studies in the United States. We encourage students to also begin their own financial aid searches, as these are only a sampling of many similar organizations throughout the country and around the world.

The African American Institute (AAI)
833 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017-3581

1320 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1679

Institute for International Education
833 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017-3581

Service (AMIDEAST)
1717 Mass. Ave., NW,
Suite 100
Washington, DC 20036-4601

Int'l Human Assistance Program
360 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010-1769

Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities
25 Mt. Auburn St., #302
Cambridge, MA 01238-6095

Finally, students may wish to speak with someone at the U.S. Embassy in their country. Click here for a list of worldwide consulates and embassies.


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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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