Apply for Financial Aid

Lehigh University is committed to meeting 100% of calculated financial need for all students who submit a complete aid application by our given deadline. Deadlines vary based on student and applicant type, so be sure to view our Important Deadlines chart below. Students who submit a complete financial aid application after our deadlines are at risk of not being fully funded.

Are you a current Lehigh student?

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.

Do you want to apply for Lehigh Financial Aid?

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

Application Steps

Lehigh University awards need-based financial aid to international students. Competition is very keen and our budget is limited.

Continuing students who are non-U.S. citizens must reapply annually for aid. Only those international students who received aid in their first year are eligible for aid in continuing years.

To reapply for aid for the 2020-2021 award year, students must complete following:

STEP 1

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. If you are unable to submit the CSS Profile electronically, please reach out to our office at luinternational@lehigh.edu.

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, both parents should submit a CSS Profile.

The Office of Financial Aid will consider a request to waive a non-custodial parent contribution in cases of documented abuse, legal orders that limit the noncustodial parent's contact with you, or cases where there is no contact with the noncustodial parent. You should submit the CSS Profile Waiver Request for the Noncustodial Parent form, along with supporting documentation (as listed on the form).

Submission of this request does not guarantee that a waiver will be approved. We will not consider waiver requests for cases where the non-custodial parent refuses to complete the CSS Profile or the divorce decree states that the noncustodial parent is not responsible for the student's educational expenses.

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 2018 in US dollars
  • Total family assets for 2018 in US dollars

Important Notes:

  • Students who submit applications after the filing deadline are at risk of not being fully funded.
  • Renewal of financial aid is subject to timely applications, continued demonstrated financial need and acceptable academic progress (passing and completing no fewer than 12 new credits per semester with a GPA of at least a 3.0 per semester and cumulatively). If special circumstances contributed to poor academic performance, you may petition the Financial Aid Committee and/or may wish to attend summer school.
  • Be sure to retain a copy of all financial aid application materials and award letters.
  • The anticipated mailing date for bills from the Bursar’s Office for the 2020 fall term is July 15 with a due date of August 1.

Application Steps

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, both parents should submit a CSS Profile.

The Office of Financial Aid will consider a request to waive a non-custodial parent contribution in cases of documented abuse, legal orders that limit the noncustodial parent's contact with you, or cases where there is no contact with the noncustodial parent. You should submit the CSS Profile Waiver Request for the Noncustodial Parent form, along with supporting documentation (as listed on the form).

Submission of this request does not guarantee that a waiver will be approved. We will not consider waiver requests for cases where the non-custodial parent refuses to complete the CSS Profile or the divorce decree states that the noncustodial parent is not responsible for the student's educational expenses.

STEP 3

If the student is required to file a tax return, please submit a copy of the 2018 federal income tax return along with all accompanying schedules & W-2 forms. If either parent is required to file a tax return, please submit a copy of the 2018 federal income tax return(s) along with all accompanying schedules & W-2 forms.

Application Steps

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, both parents should submit a CSS Profile.

The Office of Financial Aid will consider a request to waive a non-custodial parent contribution in cases of documented abuse, legal orders that limit the noncustodial parent's contact with you, or cases where there is no contact with the noncustodial parent. You should submit the CSS Profile Waiver Request for the Noncustodial Parent form, along with supporting documentation (as listed on the form).

Submission of this request does not guarantee that a waiver will be approved. We will not consider waiver requests for cases where the non-custodial parent refuses to complete the CSS Profile or the divorce decree states that the noncustodial parent is not responsible for the student's educational expenses.

STEP 3

If the student is required to file a tax return, please submit a copy of the 2018 federal income tax return along with all accompanying schedules & W-2 forms. If either parent is required to file a tax return, please submit a copy of the 2018 federal income tax return(s) along with all accompanying schedules & W-2 forms.

STEP 4

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 2018 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.

Application Steps

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.

Next Steps

  • Students should check the Lehigh portal often to view outstanding requests for paperwork and to confirm receipt of all application materials. Applications are considered incomplete until all required materials are received. Please give us five to seven business days from date of submission for the information to be updated.
  • Be sure to retain a copy of all financial aid application materials and award notifications.
  • View your application’s current status >


Important Notes

  • Current Lehigh students must reapply for need-based financial aid each academic year.
  • Applicants who submit applications after the filing deadline are at risk of not being fully funded.
  • Renewal of financial aid is subject to timely applications, continued demonstrated financial need, and acceptable academic progress (passing and completing no fewer than 12 new credits per semester with a GPA of at least a 2.0 per semester and cumulatively). If special circumstances contributed to poor academic performance, you may submit an academic petition for financial aid to the Financial Aid Committee.
  • The Office of the Bursar's fall term e-bill notification to students and authorized users is sent by mid-July with a due date in early August. Each semester you will receive an e-bill notification, review the Bursar’s page for additional information.


Submitting Materials to Lehigh

Lehigh is NOT an IDOC participating school. The Lehigh Application, parent and student tax information, and any supplemental documentation should be submitted directly to Lehigh via LU FileSender (preferred), mail or in-person.

Important Deadlines

Student TypeDeadline to complete financial aid applicationAward Notification
Early Decision INovember 1Mid-December
Early Decision IIJanuary 1Mid-February
Regular DecisionFebruary 1
(Non-U.S. citizens: January 1)
Late March
Current StudentsMarch 15Mid-June
Fall TransferApril 1Late May
Spring TransferNovember 1Late December

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Submitting Materials to Lehigh

All application materials should be submitted directly to Lehigh via LU FileSender (preferred), fax, mail or in-person.

View master list with links to all applications and forms related to the need-based financial aid process >