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College Awarded Financial Opportunities

M.S. Economics: Graduate Assistantships (GAs), Scholarships

M.S. Accounting and Information Analysis: Research Assistantships (RAs), Scholarships. Presidential scholars must meet normal admission standards.

Ph.D. Economics: Teaching Assistantships (TAs), Research Assistantships (RAs), University and Presidential Fellowships, Scholarships 

College based financial aid, scholarships, and government loans may make pursuing your degree easier and are outlined below. You may also contact the Graduate Programs Office directly for more information.

University and Presidental Fellowships/Scholarships
Application Deadline: December 15th

Full and partial scholarships are available for students. Awards made by the university include a monthly stipend and tuition remission. No duties are required of the recipient. Awards are based on superior performance as an undergraduate and/or graduate student. Students do not need to file family financial data to be eligible for scholarship aid.

One or two fellowships are available each year on a competitive basis for doctoral students who have finished their course work and are currently working on their dissertations. Fellowships include up to nine credit hours of scholarship each semester and an annual stipend.
Teaching Assistantships
Application Deadline: January 15

Teaching assistants play an important instructional role in the College by assisting full-time faculty members in conducting undergraduate courses in areas of economics, finance, management, and marketing. The expected workload for teaching assistants is 20 hours per week. TAs are compensated with a semi-monthly stipend less applicable taxes for nine (9) months in addition to a tuition waiver for nine (9) credit hours of course work each semester.

Candidates interested in being considered for a TA position should be: well-qualified academically to assist and teach the particular undergraduate course; personable and interested in working with undergraduate students; and highly motivated to perform at a professional level. Experience as a teaching assistant is especially recommended for those planning to pursue a career in teaching or research.

Teaching assistants are chosen in a highly competitive process. Qualifications considered include undergraduate academic record, GMAT or GRE scores, and work experience. A personal interview with the supervising professor is required in virtually all cases.

Research Assistantships for M.S. Accounting and Information Analysis
Application Deadline: January 15

RAs support faculty in a their research projects and other duties as assigned, and are required to work an average of 5 hours/week during the nine-month academic year. In return, Research Assistants may receive tuition waivers, stipend, or hourly wage, and may be eligible for a health insurance subsidy.

The deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid is January 15 for the following academic year. All application materials (including GMAT scores, personal essay, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and financial aid application) must be received by that date. No application will be considered until it is complete. Decisions are made by the MSAIS program around the end of March and are awarded on the basis of academic merit.
Loans & Work-Study Awards
Students may apply for federally-funded Stafford and Federal Work-Study through the Office of Financial Aid at 218 W. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA. These funds are awarded on the basis of demonstrated need using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the university application, and a copy of the student’s most recent IRS 1040 and W-2’s.

The Office of Financial Aid is also required to obtain information on all previous federal student loan borrowing from any other college(s) attended, as well as an indication that there is no prior default or refund due to the government for overpayment of federal aid. Lehigh depends on the information displayed on the Student Aid Report (SAR), obtained from the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) filing the FAFSA. Funds cannot be disbursed without a SAR (and NSLDS information). This is a federal requirement. Students who are not able to demonstrate “need” may borrow from the Federal Unsubsidized Loan Program. Because the Stafford loans are financed through commercial lenders, their availability is virtually assured if students qualify. Keep in mind that if you borrowed from the Stafford Loan fund as an undergraduate, you must use the same lender for your graduate Stafford loans. There is only limited availability of Federal Perkins Loans and Work-Study.

Literature on federal student aid programs is available through the financial aid office. Details about the Federal Stafford Loan (with and without subsidy) are also available at participating lenders. Please see the Office of Financial Aid website for a list of preferred lenders and applications for Federal Stafford Loans, as well as a listing of commercial educational loans together with current interest rates, terms, and conditions of repayment.


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