Tuition, Aid & Affording College
Financial aid is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Lehigh’s Office of Financial Aid will work with you to determine your family’s expected contribution to your Lehigh education.
An Invaluable Investment
Lehigh University has a long-standing commitment to need-based financial aid and seeks to make a world-renowned education accessible for all admitted students. A Lehigh degree is the beginning of a successful career—salaries of Lehigh graduates have been highly ranked by Payscale for decades, and The Princeton Review recently deemed us the #16 “Best Value College” in the country.
of undergraduate families with an income less than $75,000 received grants & scholarships in an amount greater than the full cost of tuition*
* For 2019-20, assuming typical assets and typical family circumstances.
average need-based grant for 2019-2020
of current students receive some form of financial aid
available in grants and scholarships
Financial Aid Basics: Video Series
Understanding how financial aid works can be a difficult. This video series lays out the facts and steps to take to finance your education—from determining what you can afford and applying for aid to accepting and understanding your awards.
How Much Will Lehigh Cost?
We realize this is the big question. Our cost of attendance is listed below, but you won’t know for sure how much Lehigh will cost you until you apply for financial aid and receive your financial aid notification.
|Typical first-year housing||$8,660|
|Full meal plan||$6,080|
|Activity fee||Waived for Fall 2020|
* For FALL 2020: There will be a 10-percent reduction in undergraduate tuition for the Fall semester for those students who choose to take classes fully remotely. These students, whether they live in South Bethlehem or elsewhere, will not have in-person access to campus facilities, with the exception of the Health and Wellness Center.
** In addition to these direct costs, you should also consider indirect costs of college, including books and supplies. For the purpose of awarding need-based financial aid, Lehigh includes $1,000 estimated costs for books and $1,065 estimated costs for personal expenses in the total cost of attendance. Costs in excess of these amounts (for example, health insurance, fraternity/sorority fees, higher-cost residential halls/rooms, excursions and special programs, travel and transportation) will not be considered for gift aid resources but may be considered for additional loan eligibility.
Students in certain programs and majors are assessed an additional $730 fee (Engineering and Science fee or Arts and Sciences fee).
The Return on Your Investment
A Lehigh education will launch your career—you’ll be prepared to take on challenging and rewarding roles and to make an impact wherever you go. Our graduates find success in a wide range of careers and post-graduate studies across the country and around the globe.
of the class of 2019 were employed or attending graduate school within 6 months of graduation
in Payscale’s Best Universities for a Bachelor’s Degree
Types of Financial Aid
Financial aid can consist of grants, scholarships, loans and student employment. Typical financial aid packages consist of a combination of these types of aid, and are determined after evaluating a family’s ability to contribute in an equitable and consistent manner.
Important Financial Aid Deadlines
|Student Type||Application Deadline||Award Notification|
|Early Decision I||November 1||Mid-December|
|Early Decision II||January 1||Mid-February|
|Regular Decision||February 1 |
(Non-U.S. citizens: January 1)
|Current Students||March 15||Late June|
|Fall Transfer||April 1||Late May|
|Spring Transfer||November 1||Late December|