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, regardless of a family’s financial circumstance; however, not all families may demonstrate the financial need to qualify for certain types of aid. Be sure to be as thorough as possible when completing the necessary forms to provide a complete picture of your family’s financial circumstances.

Please follow the steps below to determine exactly what you will need to provide in your application for aid. Lehigh's Office of Financial Aid invites you to contact them to discuss the application process below. 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 strongly encourage families to contact our office if you utilize this tool to determine accuracy and to discuss the results in greater detail.

Financial Aid Application Steps

Answer the questions below to show what steps you will need to take to apply for financial aid.

Are you a transfer student?

Answer the questions below to show what steps you will need to take to apply for financial aid.

Are you a U.S. citizen or permanent resident?*

*If you are a student who has DACA, please contact the financial aid office for specific information.

Answer the questions below to show what steps you will need to take to apply for financial aid.

Do you want to apply for Lehigh Financial Aid?

Answer the questions below to show what steps you will need to take to apply for financial aid.

Are your legal parents married?

Answer the questions below to show what steps you will need to take to apply for financial aid.

Is your custodial parent remarried?

Answer the questions below to show what steps you will need to take to apply for financial aid.

Are either of your parents self-employed or owners (part or full) of a corporation and/or partnership?

The university awards financial aid on the basis of demonstrated need. Merit scholarships may also be awarded on a limited basis. No application is necessary for merit scholarships.

Non-U.S. citizens 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 to be offered financial aid. If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien living abroad and you want to apply for federal financial aid, you must have a U.S. Social Security number. You should apply for this at the local U.S. embassy or consulate as soon as possible.

The following forms are required for consideration of financial aid for non-U.S. citizens. All international student financial documents (outside of the CSS Profile) can be submitted online as a PDF through the LU FileSender or submitted to luinternational@lehigh.edu. This includes the Certificate of Finances and the International Student Financial Aid Application.

Step 1

The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: The application 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. You may pay by credit card or online check. If your family circumstances prevent payment of this fee, you should contact us with the following information:

  • Name (as it appears on the Common Application)
  • Country of Residency
  • Exchange rate between local currency and US dollars
  • Total family income for 2016 in US dollars
  • Total family assets for 2016 in US dollars

OR

International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) (PDF): We will accept electronic or paper copies of the International Student Financial Aid Form. Paper copies should be submitted as a PDF directly to to luinternational@lehigh.edu or through the LU File Sender.

Step 2

All non-U.S. citizens are required to complete the Certificate of Finances form for all four years and submit it by the Common App deadline to luinternational@lehigh.edu or through the LU File Sender. The preferred form is the Lehigh University Certificate of Finances form (PDF).  The College Board's International Student Certification of Finances (PDF) is also acceptable.

Note: Tuition, room and board at Lehigh can cost upwards of $64,000. If your family cannot support this amount for four years of study, your application will not be complete without a CSS Profile or International Student Financial Aid Application. A bank statement/certificate is not required with your Certification of Finances form.

The below materials are required if you are applying for institutional need-based aid. If you are applying for federal aid only, you will only need to submit the FAFSA. If you have been selected for verification by the government, then you may be required to submit additional documents, such as the Lehigh University Application for Financial Aid, and/or use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool as requested by our office.

Step 1

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Lehigh's code is: 003289

The FAFSA application determines eligibility for federal aid

Step 2

Complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid PROFILE application.

Lehigh’s code is: 2365

The CSS Profile Application determines eligibility for institutional need-based financial aid; students who are applying for federal aid only do not need to complete the CSS Profile.

Step 3

Complete and submit the Lehigh University Financial Aid Application (PDF). All financial aid documents can either be:

  • Mailed to:
    Office of Financial Aid Lehigh University
    27 Memorial Drive West
    Bethlehem, PA 18015
  • Faxed to: (610) 758-6211
  • Sent to the LU FileSender

Step 4

Submit student's and parents' 2016 Federal Tax Returns, along with all W-2s and any accompanying schedules to the Office of Financial Aid. Families who file an extension with the IRS should submit a copy of their extension request and W-2 statements to be followed by the completed form when available. If student or parent does not file a tax return and is not required to file a tax return, be sure to indicate that on the Lehigh Financial Aid Application to complete this requirement.

The below materials are required if you are applying for institutional need-based aid. If you are applying for federal aid only, you will only need to submit the FAFSA. If you have been selected for verification by the government, then you may be required to submit additional documents, such as the Lehigh University Application for Financial Aid, and/or use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool as requested by our office.

Step 1

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Lehigh's code is: 003289

The FAFSA application determines eligibility for federal aid

Step 2

Complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid PROFILE application.

Lehigh’s code is: 2365

The CSS Profile Application determines eligibility for institutional need-based financial aid; students who are applying for federal aid only do not need to complete the CSS Profile.

Lehigh's financial aid policy and expectation is that both legal parents of an undergraduate student, regardless of marital status, have a responsibility to participate in the financial aid process. If legal parents are not living together, each parent should file a separate CSS Profile application with the College Board.

  • In the 'Username and Password' section you will create your (the parent) own username and password.
  • You may skip the 'Subscriptions and Parent Information' section.
  • When you enter and begin the application, you will be taken to the 'Getting Started – About the Student section'. Your (the parent) email address will be displayed in the email section for the student. You will need to remove your email address and enter the student email address instead.

Step 3

Complete and submit the Lehigh University Financial Aid Application (PDF). All financial aid documents can either be:

  • Mailed to:
    Office of Financial Aid Lehigh University
    27 Memorial Drive West
    Bethlehem, PA 18015
  • Faxed to: (610) 758-6211
  • Sent to the LU FileSender

Step 4

Submit student's and parents' 2016 Federal Tax Returns, along with all W-2s and any accompanying schedules to the Office of Financial Aid. Families who file an extension with the IRS should submit a copy of their extension request and W-2 statements to be followed by the completed form when available. If student or parent does not file a tax return and is not required to file a tax return, be sure to indicate that on the Lehigh Financial Aid Application to complete this requirement.

The below materials are required if you are applying for institutional need-based aid. If you are applying for federal aid only, you will only need to submit the FAFSA. If you have been selected for verification by the government, then you may be required to submit additional documents, such as the Lehigh University Application for Financial Aid, and/or use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool as requested by our office.

Step 1

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Lehigh's code is: 003289

The FAFSA application determines eligibility for federal aid

Step 2

Complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid PROFILE application.

Lehigh’s code is: 2365

The CSS Profile Application determines eligibility for institutional need-based financial aid; students who are applying for federal aid only do not need to complete the CSS Profile.

Step 3

Complete and submit the Lehigh University Financial Aid Application (PDF). All financial aid documents can either be:

  • Mailed to:
    Office of Financial Aid Lehigh University
    27 Memorial Drive West
    Bethlehem, PA 18015
  • Faxed to: (610) 758-6211
  • Sent to the LU FileSender

Step 4

Submit student's and parents' 2016 Federal Tax Return, along with all W-2s and any accompanying schedules to the Office of Financial Aid. Families who file an extension with the IRS should submit a copy of their extension request and W-2 statements to be followed by the completed form when available. If student or parent does not file a tax return and is not required to file a tax return, be sure to indicate that on the Lehigh Financial Aid Application to complete this requirement.

Step 5

Federal Business Tax Forms: If either of your parents (custodial or non-custodial) are self-employed or are owners (part or full) of a corporation and/or partnership, attach copies of the 2016 business tax returns (Schedule C, Corporate Tax Returns and/or Partnership Tax Returns). These forms must be submitted by the same deadline as the Parents' Tax Forms.

The below materials are required if you are applying for institutional need-based aid. If you are applying for federal aid only, you will only need to submit the FAFSA. If you have been selected for verification by the government, then you may be required to submit additional documents, such as the Lehigh University Application for Financial Aid, and/or use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool as requested by our office.

Step 1

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Lehigh's code is: 003289

The FAFSA application determines eligibility for federal aid

Step 2

Complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid PROFILE application.

Lehigh’s code is: 2365

The CSS Profile Application determines eligibility for institutional need-based financial aid; students who are applying for federal aid only do not need to complete the CSS Profile.

Lehigh's financial aid policy and expectation is that both legal parents of an undergraduate student, regardless of marital status, have a responsibility to participate in the financial aid process. If legal parents are not living together, each parent should file a separate CSS Profile application with the College Board.

  • In the 'Username and Password' section you will create your (the parent) own username and password.
  • You may skip the 'Subscriptions and Parent Information' section.

  • When you enter and begin the application, you will be taken to the 'Getting Started – About the Student section'. Your (the parent) email address will be displayed in the email section for the student. You will need to remove your email address and enter the student email address instead.

Step 3

Complete and submit the Lehigh University Financial Aid Application (PDF). All financial aid documents can either be:

  • Mailed to:
    Office of Financial Aid Lehigh University
    27 Memorial Drive West
    Bethlehem, PA 18015
  • Faxed to: (610) 758-6211
  • Sent to the LU FileSender

Step 4

Submit student's and parents' 2016 Federal Tax Return, along with all W-2s and any accompanying schedules to the Office of Financial Aid. Families who file an extension with the IRS should submit a copy of their extension request and W-2 statements to be followed by the completed form when available. If student or parent does not file a tax return and is not required to file a tax return, be sure to indicate that on the Lehigh Financial Aid Application to complete this requirement.

Step 5

Federal Business Tax Forms: If either of your parents (custodial or non-custodial) are self-employed or are owners (part or full) of a corporation and/or partnership, attach copies of the 2016 business tax returns (Schedule C, Corporate Tax Returns and/or Partnership Tax Returns).  These forms must be submitted by the same deadline as the Parents' Tax Forms.

If you are applying for federal aid only, you will only need to submit the FAFSA. If you have been selected for verification by the government, then you may be required to submit additional documents, such as the Lehigh University Application for Financial Aid, and/or use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool as requested by our office.

Step 1

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Lehigh's code is: 003289

The FAFSA application determines eligibility for Federal aid.

International transfer students are not eligible for need-based or merit-based financial aid. Since Lehigh University does not allocate institutional funding to international transfer students, all non-U.S. citizens are required to submit the International Student Certification of Finances (PDF) with their application for transfer admission.

If an international student does not submit these required items, the application will be considered incomplete and a final decision will not be rendered.

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

Deadlines for submitting financial aid information: CSS Profile, Non Custodial Parent Profile, FAFSA, tax returns. Also indicates the time period for award notifications.
Student TypeDeadline to Submit Required FormsAward Notification
Early Decision INovember 1Mid-December
Early Decision IIJanuary 1Mid-February
Regular DecisionFebruary 1Late March
Fall TransferMarch 1Late May
Current StudentsMarch 15Late June

 

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