Graduate Students

Welcome from the Director

When it comes to financial aid, we know it can be challenging-- whether you have or haven't completed the process before.  We are aware that you may have questions and concerns—the Office of Financial Aid is here to assist you.

The primary financial aid counselor for all Lehigh graduate students is Tami Bauder, though there are multiple staff members in our office who can assist you. We sincerely want to help you achieve your educational goals and know that financing an education is a significant factor in this process.

Please note that financial aid for Lehigh University’s graduate programs consists mainly of fixed-rate federal student loans through the Office of Financial Aid. Applicants must be registered at least half-time to be eligible for federal loans (6 credits each semester during the academic year, or 3 credits for each summer session).  Enrollment in a degree program is also required. Graduate students may apply for loans up until the last day of classes for the term in which they are seeking assistance (but we recommend securing this financing well before this time).

Here are a few tips to help you through the process:

  • Review our tuition and costs.  Remember that you won’t know what Lehigh would cost for you until you apply for financial aid and receive your decision.
  • Learn about the three main types of aid.  It’s important to explore all of your options – many students find a combination of these types of aid works best.
  • When it’s time to apply for aid, carefully review the requirements to ensure you complete all necessary forms by the deadline.

As you progress through the financial aid process, it is important to read all correspondence from our office.  Most of the communications you receive from our office request or explain information that is directly related to the receipt of your financial aid.  These communications are sent to your Lehigh University assigned email address.

It is also important to remember that you must reapply for financial aid each year if you are requesting assistance with your college expenses.


Jennifer Mertz
Assistant Vice Provost of Financial Services and Director of Financial Aid