Grants & Scholarships

Grants and Scholarships are resources also known collectively as “gift aid” – they do not need to be repaid or earned by working.  Most grants are considered need-based awards.

Lehigh Merit Scholarships

Selection for Lehigh merit-scholarship recipients is made by the Admissions Office and is made at the time of admission. Please note that students who receive merit awards, but also show demonstrated financial need, are eligible to receive grant money to meet, but not exceed, their calculated need. View more information on Lehigh merit scholarships >

Federal Grants (Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant [FSEOG])

Need-based gift aid that does not have to be repaid. These types of grants are federally funded and are for students with exceptional need. The value is determined annually and is based on household and financial information your family provides as part of the need-based financial aid application process.

Lehigh Grants (Endowed & Sponsored Scholarships)

Lehigh Grants are need-based awards funded through university funds and endowments established by generous alumni and friends of the university. The general Lehigh Grant fund is originally awarded to act as a “placeholder” until we are notified of the amounts we are able to award for each of the named scholarship funds. The general Lehigh Grant may be swapped with an endowed or sponsored Lehigh scholarship, established by a donor.

State Grants

Many states offer grant assistance, based on financial need. State grants are awarded to students by the scholarship office of the state in which the student resides. Students are responsible for working with their state grant agency to determine and finalize eligibility. If you are awarded a State Grant, it will result in a direct reduction to Lehigh University Grant eligibility.

Lehigh President’s Scholars Program

This scholarship recognizes outstanding academic achievement by undergraduate students by providing a fifth year (i.e., a 9th and 10th semester) of study free of tuition. This benefit is intended to give students an opportunity to (1) pursue a second undergraduate degree, (2) pursue a graduate degree, or (3) undertake an advanced project of a scholarly or creative nature (e.g., a thesis, a portfolio of artwork, a design project, a field or laboratory research project) that does not lead to a degree. For more information and to learn about other restrictions please visit Registration & Academic Services.

Types of Aid

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Loans

All loans must be repaid.  Need-based loan options are available through both Lehigh and the federal government.  Non-need-based loan options are available through the federal government and private sources. As part of our commitment to meet 100% of demonstrated need and graduate students with low debt, Lehigh caps loans used to meet need at $5,000 per year, or $20,000 over 4 years, though many students' total loans to meet need are below this $5,000 cap.

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Student Employment

A student employment or work study award is an opportunity for a student to get an on-campus job to earn money for college expenses. This award is used to meet a student’s financial need.

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External Scholarships

These gift aid resources may be need-based or merit-based and are administered by third-party agencies and organizations.

Glossary

Self-Help

Is the portion of the student’s aid that he or she will need to repay, e.g., a loan or work in order to earn the funds.

Gift Aid

Generic term referring to grant and scholarship sources of financial aid.