Close-up of hand and pen over paper
Undergraduate Admissions

Funding Your Education

Figuring out how to pay for your education does not have to be stressful or confusing. In fact, you can likely find financial aid to pay for the college of your choice—as long as you know where to look and what steps to take.

Here are 9 tips your family should keep in mind to simplify the process.

  • START SAVING NOW. Your savings may reduce the amount you borrow later, and some savings plans, like 529 plans and Covedell Education Savings Accounts, offer tax benefits.
  • EXPAND YOUR COLLEGE SEARCH. Private colleges and universities—particularly out-of-state private institutions—value geographic diversity and often have more resources to devote to financial aid.
  • UNDERSTAND THE SYSTEM. Some universities encourage all applicants to file for financial aid, no matter the family's financial circumstances. It's worth your time to do this and to visit online tools at or
  • COMPLETE THE FAFSA. Regardless of your income, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1. The FAFSA determines your eligibility for federal and state grants, work study and federal college loans.
  • COMPLETE THE OTHER FORMS, TOO! Most universities require a range of forms such as the College Scholarship Service's Financial Aid PROFILE application. At minimum, federal tax returns will be required as well. Be thorough and detailed!
  • APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS. There's a lot out there! You can find information about federal grants and scholarships at the Department of Education. And don't forget to check websites like, and for (private) scholarship information.
  • HIGHLIGHT SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES. Colleges take seriously the responsibility of evaluating a family's financial circumstances and, therefore, recognize that a wide range of factors can affect a family's ability to pay.
  • BE AWARE OF DEADLINES. Deadlines are critically important, and missing them could make you ineligible for aid. Financial aid deadlines are separate from your college application deadlines and may be much earlier.
  • BE PROACTIVE! Keep track of the deadlines and required application materials. If you have any questions, contact the school's financial aid office. Email is the best form of communication because it's easy to keep track of.

recruiting organizations worked with students through the Center for Career and Professional Development


Create “what if” scenarios based on expected family income and anticipated expenses, so you can plan for your education. Explore how to plan and pay for your college education >


We take your financial concerns seriously and want to make Lehigh an affordable option. Check out our Net Price Calculator and more on financial aid >

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

scroll for more important deadlines >

*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.

Connect With Lehigh

Request More Information

Sign up to receive brochures and emails to learn more about Lehigh and to stay in the know about current events.

Join The Conversation

Have a question or want the latest info?
Join our online community.

Facebook Twitter Tumblr Flickr