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Apply for Financial Aid

Lehigh's Office of Financial Aid invites you to contact them to discuss the application process below.

Office of Financial Aid
Lehigh University
27 Memorial Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: (610) 758-3181
Fax: (610) 758-6211

Email: financialaid@lehigh.edu
Website: http://www.lehigh.edu/financialaid

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 2015-2016 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 2015-2016 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 copies of student’s and parents’ Federal Tax Returns for tax year 2014, 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’ 2013 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 2015-2016 Lehigh University Financial Aid Application (PDF). All FA documents can either be:

Step 5: Check if any supplemental applications are required for state grants or scholarships.

SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS

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. This form follow the same deadline as the custodial parent's forms.

If the Non-custodial parent is unable to submit these materials, please contact the Office of Financial Aid to speak with a Financial Aid Counselor.

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.

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.

Special Circumstances

If there are circumstances or special items you wish to have considered during your financial aid review, you can submit a written statement with your financial aid application. Additionally, we welcome and encourage you to contact our office, to speak with your Financial Aid Counselor about your circumstances.

Deadlines

Applicant Type Deadline to file CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® Application** Deadline to file FAFSA Deadline to submit 2013 Federal Tax Returns* **
Deadline to submit 2014 Federal Tax Returns* ** & Lehigh University Financial Aid Application**
Early Decision I November 15 February 1 November 15
February 15
Early Decision II January 15 February 1 January 15 February 15
Regular Decision February 1 February 1 N/A February 15
Fall Transfer March 1 April 1 N/A April 1

*Note: Federal Tax Returns must be submitted for custodial parent, student, non-custodial 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.

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