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.


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of undergraduate families with an income less than $75,000 received grants and scholarships in an amount greater than the full cost of tuition*

* For 2020-21, 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


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Net Price Calculator

Estimate your level of need using the Net Price Calculator. This helpful tool gives you a starting estimate based on the information you provide. We encourage families to contact our office to discuss results in greater detail.

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.


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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.

The typical costs of attendance for the '21-'22 academic year* include the following:
Typical first-year housing$9,030
Full meal plan$6,300
Technology fee$490
Activity fee$250
Wellness fee (new) $200
Total Cost**$73,250

* 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 $760 fee (Engineering and Science fee or Arts and Sciences fee).


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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 2020 are employed, continuing education or pursuing military or volunteer service

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in PayScale’s Best Universities for a Bachelor’s Degree


Starting Salary


Mid-Career Salary


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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.

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Apply for Aid

View our financial aid application steps to understand exactly what you will need to provide in your application for aid, and make sure to review the deadlines.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? We have an answer. And if you don’t find it here, reach out to one of our financial aid counselors for a personal conversation.

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We’re Here to Help

Find your Financial Aid counselor and reach out with any questions or clarifications you might need. Every student’s financial situation is different, and we can provide personalized feedback and guidance. Contact the Office of Financial Aid >

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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Success After Lehigh

A Lehigh education will launch your career—95% of the class of 2020 are employed, continuing education or pursuing military or volunteer service.