Tuition & Costs

“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 award decision. We are committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated need for all students who submit a complete application for financial aid by our given deadlines. We use a combination of grants, scholarships, work study, and loans to cover the difference between the cost of attendance and the calculated expected family contribution.

The typical costs of attendance for the '20-'21 academic year* include the following:

Tuition: $56,980

Typical first-year housing: $8,660

Full meal plan: $6,080

Technology fee: $470

Activity fee: $250

Total Cost**: $72,440

* In addition to these direct costs, you should also consider indirect costs of college including books and supplies. For the purpose of awarding need-based financial aid, Lehigh includes $1,000 estimated costs for books and $1,065 estimated costs for personal expenses in the total cost of attendance. Costs in excess of these amounts (for example health insurance, fraternity/sorority fees, higher cost residential halls/rooms, excursions and special programs, travel and transportation) will not be considered for gift aid resources but may be considered for additional loan eligibility.

** Students in certain programs and majors are assessed an additional $730 fee (Engineering and Science fee or Arts and Sciences fee).

How Much Will I Have to Pay?

The amount that you will have to pay is referred to as your Net Cost and can be determined by subtracting all financial aid resources from the total cost of attendance.

Unfortunately it is not possible to compute your net cost until your eligibility for financial aid resources is determined, but there are online tools that can help you estimate your net price.  The Net Price Calculator is one such tool, but please read carefully the caveats regarding accuracy of this instrument. We encourage families to contact our office if you utilize this tool to determine accuracy and to discuss the results in greater detail.

Upon receiving your financial aid notification, you may also compute your net cost using our Net Cost Worksheet.

Billing Information

Monthly billing statements are administered by the Office of the Bursar. Fall semester billing notification occurs in early July, and the payment is due the first business day of August. Spring semester billing notification occurs in mid-December, with payment due the first business day of January. To double check the due dates, please visit the Office of the Bursar’s website.

When you receive your term bill, you are informed of the gross amount due.  If financial aid resources will be used to cover the bill, the Bursar Payment Worksheet must be completed and submitted to the Office of the Bursar.  Financial aid resources that will be used to cover any part of the term bill such as student loans, as well as outside resources, must be indicated on this form.

For questions on the billing process, your student account information, making payments, or the Bursar Payment Worksheet, please contact the Office of the Bursar.

Payment Plan

Lehigh offers a payment plan that enables you to spread each semester’s educational expenses over four equal monthly installments. For information regarding Institutional Payment plans, visit the Office of the Bursar's website.



Need-blind Admissions

During the admissions process, Lehigh does not consider the family's ability to cover tuition when making admissions decisions. (It is only during the waitlist period that Lehigh considers financial circumstances, among other factors.)

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

This is the amount that a family is expected to contribute toward the student’s cost of attendance and includes both the parents' contribution and the student’s contribution. The CSS/Profile and FAFSA may calculate different EFCs. The FAFSA EFC is used to determine federal eligibility, while a combination of CSS, FAFSA and institutional policies determines the EFC for institutional funds.