Lehigh's Office of Financial Aid invites you to contact them to discuss the application process below.
Office of Financial Aid
218 West Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: (610) 758-3181
Fax: (610) 758-6211
All Lehigh applicants are eligible to apply for financial aid, regardless of your family’s financial circumstance; however, not all families may demonstrate the financial need to qualify for certain types of aid. Be sure to be as thorough as possible when completing the necessary forms so you provide a complete picture of your family’s financial circumstances. If all of the required paperwork is submitted and complete by the given deadlines, a student’s calculated financial need may be met with a combination of self-help (federal and institutional loans) and gift-aid (grants and scholarships), based on the availability of funds.
Financial Aid 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 2014-2015 College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid PROFILE application. The CSS Profile is an application that determines institutional aid eligibility. Check our important deadlines table for deadlines to file the CSS/PROFILE. A fee of $25 is charged for the first school and $16 for each additional school. (Fees may be waived depending on income. A waiver is issued during the registration process.) Lehigh’s code is: 2365.
Step 2: Complete the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA determines eligibility for Federal aid. The form will not be available until January 1. Lehigh’s code is: 003289.
Step 3: Submit signed copies of student’s and parents’ Federal Tax Returns for tax year 2013, along with all accompanying schedules and W-2 forms. (NOTE: If you are an Early Decision applicant, you must also submit the student’s and parents’ 2012 Federal Income Tax Return by the deadlines listed in the deadline table.) If student or parent(s) does not file a tax return and is not required to file a tax return, be sure to indicate this on the Lehigh University Financial Aid Application
Step 4: Complete and submit the 2014-2015 Lehigh University Financial Aid Application (PDF).
Step 5: Check if any supplemental applications are required for state grants or scholarships.
Non-custodial Parent’s Statement: If your biological parents are not married, and your custodial parent is not remarried, you must submit the Non-custodial Parent's Statement, along with copies of Non-custodial Parent's tax returns, W-2s and any accompanying schedules. These forms follow the same deadline as the custodial parent's forms.
Business/Farm Supplement: If either of your parents are self-employed or are owners (part or full) of a corporation/partnership, the Business/Farm Supplement must be submitted along with copies of the business tax returns (Schedule C, Corporate Tax Returns and/or Partnership Tax Returns). These forms must be submitted by the same deadline as the Parent's Tax Forms.
Change of Financial Circumstances: You may submit the Change of Financial Circumstances form if your family is expecting a change in their financial outlook for the calendar year 2014. The financial aid staff will evaluate this information and, if appropriate, recalculate your financial aid eligibility. When using "estimated income," we make a provisional award for the fall term only, with spring re-evaluations done in early November, when we will ask for updated forms and supporting documentation. Your 2014 Federal tax forms will be used for final verification. We do not advise being conservative in your estimates, since later verification of income could result in reduced/lost eligibility.
FERPA release: Fill out this form if you would like to have information from your student records available to third parties, such as your parents.
Status of submitted paperwork can be viewed on the student portal. Allow 5-7 days for processing.