The Office of Financial Aid determines eligibility for need-based financial aid. Lehigh University is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated need for all admitted and current students and continually seeks new ways to provide access to a Lehigh education for all students. We understand that the process of applying for financial aid may be confusing or stressful, and we are here to help you in any way we can.
All students have an assigned financial aid counselor and we have a friendly and knowledgeable staff available to 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.
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Our office believes that with a strong partnership between the university and you, as well as a commitment from you and your parents, a Lehigh University education is an attainable goal regardless of your family’s financial situation.
The Office of Financial Aid determines your financial aid award based solely on your family’s demonstrated financial need. We consider many factors, such as your family’s income, assets, size and unusual expenses, and our program is designed to help families across the economic spectrum. Please note the following important items regarding the need-based financial aid process:
Cost of attendance for one academic year - calculated EFC = financial need
Our commitment is to ensure that 100% of the financial need is covered by resources including merit scholarships, outside resources, loans, work study, and grants.
Need-based financial aid eligibility is assessed each academic year. If the factors that impact financial aid remain relatively consistent from academic year to academic year, you apply for financial aid by the required deadlines and make satisfactory academic progress, then the need-based financial aid eligibility should remain relatively the same each year.
Some factors that may result in a decrease or increase to need-based financial aid from one year to the next include, but are not limited to:
"The staff at the financial aid office are extremely friendly and I was lucky enough to receive a counselor who fought for nothing but the best for me.” – Eddy Torres ‘17
|Student Type||Deadline to file: CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®**, Non Custodial Parent Profile, FAFSA|
Deadline to submit: personal and business 2016 Federal tax returns* and W2s
& Lehigh University Financial Aid Application**
|Early Decision I||November 1||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||Mid-June|
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*Note: Federal Tax Returns must be submitted for custodial parent, student, noncustodial parent (if applicable), and business taxes (if applicable) by the deadlines given.
**These items are required if you are applying for institutional need-based financial aid. You do not need to submit these items if you are applying for Federal Aid only.