How to Apply for Financial Aid

Review the required steps and materials needed to apply for financial aid, grants and scholarships.

We encourage all applicants to apply for financial aid. Be sure to submit all financial aid application materials on or before the specified deadlines listed below to ensure that you are fully considered for need-based institutional financial aid. It is important that you paint a clear and comprehensive picture of your family’s financial circumstances as not all families may demonstrate the financial need necessary to qualify for certain types of aid. Lehigh’s Office of Financial Aid invites you to contact them to discuss the application process if you need assistance. Each student has an assigned financial aid counselor to help with all of your financial aid questions. Please don’t hesitate to reach out!

For U.S. citizens, it's also helpful to take a moment to estimate your potential need using the Net Price Calculator. We strongly encourage families to contact our office if you utilize this tool to discuss the results in greater detail.

Financial Aid Application Steps

Here is a step-by-step guide to help you determine exactly what financial aid application materials you must submit. This is not an exhaustive list of documents that might be requested and applicants should check their portal to view any additional requested documents and to confirm receipt of all application materials. Applicants will have access to an applicant portal upon submission of their application for admission. Within 48 hours after the submission of your application for admission to Lehigh University, you will be assigned a “Lehigh Identification Number” (LIN). Your LIN will appear on your applicant portal below the “Important Information” section. We may ask for your LIN when you submit your financial aid application or if you contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions.

Note: If you are applying for federal aid only, you will only need to submit the FAFSA.

  1. Submit the 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    • This is a required application material for only U.S. Citizens and eligible non-U.S. Citizens.
    • School code: 003289
    • We strongly encourage use of the IRS Data retrieval tool to complete the FAFSA.
    • Please note that if you are applying for federal aid only and do not wish to be considered for institutional aid, you will only need to submit the FAFSA.
  2. Complete the 2022-2023 College Board CSS Profile

    • This is a required application material for all applicants (including U.S. Citizens, eligible non-U.S. Citizens, undocumented applicants, applicants with DACA status, and international) that are applying for institutional need-based aid.
    • School Code: 2365
    • Please note that if your legal parents do not live together, both of your parents (your custodial parent and your noncustodial parent) will need to complete a separate CSS Profile.
  3. Submit 2020 federal income and business returns via the LU FileSender

    • This is a required application material for any applicant whose parent(s)’ file a U.S. tax return.
    • If any parent (custodial/ noncustodial) is required to file a tax return, please submit a signed copy of their 2020 federal income tax return, along with all accompanying schedules & W-2 forms.
    • If any parent (custodial/ noncustodial) is self-employed or an owner (part or full) of a corporation/partnership, submit signed copies of the 2020 business tax returns (Schedule C, corporate tax returns and/or partnership tax returns).
    • If the student is required to file a tax return, please submit a signed copy of the 2020 federal income tax return, along with all accompanying schedules & W-2 forms. Please submit all 2020 W-2’s if the student is not required to file.
    • Please note that Lehigh is NOT an IDOC participating school. Parent and student tax information and any supplemental documentation should be submitted directly to the Office of Financial Aid at Lehigh University via the LU FileSender or U.S. Mail.
  4. Submit the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Waiver via the LU FileSender

    • This is a recommended, but not required, for all applicants (including U.S. Citizens, eligible non-U.S. Citizens, undocumented applicants, applicants with DACA status, and international).
    • Complete this form to allow the Office of Financial Aid to provide financial aid information to parents or third parties.
  5. Certificate of Finances (non-citizen applicants only)

    • International applicants must complete the Certificate of Finances as a step in their admission application process. The completed Certificate of Finances form should be submitted via the LU FileSender or emailed directly to LUinternational@lehigh.edu by the specified deadline for their applicant type. The Certificate of Finances is not required for U.S. Citizens, eligible non-U.S. Citizens, undocumented applicants or applicants with DACA status.

 

Forms

For a master list with links to all applications and forms related to the need-based financial aid process, please visit the forms page on the Office of Financial Aid site. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that all application materials are received by the deadline.

Special Circumstances

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 Lehigh’s Office of Financial Aid to speak with your Financial Aid Counselor about your circumstances.

Important Financial Aid Deadlines

The details below will help you understand your responsibilities and provide a timeline to ensure you have the best possible financial aid package in place for the upcoming academic year.
Student TypeApplication DeadlineAward Notification
Early Decision INovember 1Mid-December
Early Decision IIJanuary 1 Mid-February
Regular DecisionFebruary 1 
(Non-U.S. citizens: January 1)
Late March
Current StudentsMarch 15Late June
Fall TransferApril 1Late May
Spring TransferNovember 1Late December

 

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