Tuition & Financial Aid
It is important that Lehigh University not only be a good academic and social fit but also a reasonable financial fit. The Office of Financial Aid is available to assist you in this determination. We are committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated need for all admitted undergraduate students who submit a complete application for financial aid by our given deadlines and strongly believe that this commitment, along with a cooperative and willing family partnership, can make a Lehigh University education an attainable goal.
The Office of Financial Aid is here to guide you through the financial aid process and provide you with the information and resources you need to plan for funding your education. Please follow the steps below to learn more about financial aid and how to apply.
Step 1: Learn about the types of aid available, including grants, scholarships, loans and work opportunities.
Step 3: Review your financial aid award, if applicable, and ask questions to help you understand the award and make the best decision for you and your family.
As you go through the financial aid process, it may appear that we’re speaking another language–without a doubt, financial aid has its own lingo. To help you understand, please visit our glossary of terms or contact the Office of Financial Aid.
It's also helpful to take a moment to review our Loan Reduction and Elimination initiatives, and estimate your potential need using the Net Price Calculator. We encourage families to contact our office if utilizing this tool to determine accuracy and to discuss the results in greater detail.
Lehigh University follows the Higher Education Act and National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP) and thus does not compensate our admissions and financial aid professionals for securing enrollments or awarding financial aid.
For more information on need-based aid, please contact:
Office of Financial Aid
27 Memorial Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
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. Students can estimate their need using the Net Price Calculator. We encourage families to contact our office if utilizing this tool to determine accuracy and to discuss the results in greater detail. We are committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated need for all admitted students who submit a complete aid application by the deadline and 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 (EFC). As part of this commitment, we have Loan Reduction and Loan Elimination initiatives in place to ensure students graduate with low debt. Our affordability combined with the high starting- and mid-career salaries of Lehigh graduates has placed Lehigh on a number of national lists for value and return on investment.
Tuition and Cost Information
The typical costs of attendance for the '17-'18 academic year include the following:
Typical first-year housing: $7,590
Full meal plan: $5,530
Technology fee: $420
Activity fee: $200
Direct-billed expense*: $64,060
* Students in certain programs and majors are assessed an additional $520 fee (Engineering and Science fee or Arts and Sciences fee).
Frequently Asked Questions
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 for those students who have submitted all required financial aid application materials by the deadline. The calculated expected family contribution is calculated by the Lehigh Office of Financial Aid using the CSS PROFILE and all application materials.
Yes, you may apply for financial aid after your first year even if you were not awarded any in your first year. As long as you have financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid, file all required application materials on time, and meet satisfactory academic progress requirements, you may receive need-based aid. Aid is limited to eight consecutive semesters from the time that you start at Lehigh University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.collegeboard.com/PROFILE 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.
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 (www.educationusa.state.gov), and to explore various online resources such as www.edupass.org, International Education Financial Aid (IEFA), www.fundingusstudy.org, www.collegeboard.org, or www.finaid.org. In addition, NAFSA, the Association of International Educators (www.nafsa.org) 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)
420 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10170-0002
Institute for International Education
833 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017-3581
1717 Mass. Ave., NW,
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.
Important Financial Aid Deadlines
|Student Type||Deadline to Submit Required Forms||Award Notification|
|Early Decision I||November 15||Mid-December|
|Early Decision II||January 1||Mid-February|
|Regular Decision||February 1||Late March|
|Fall Transfer||March 1||Late May|
|Current Students||March 15||Late June|