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Emergency Financial Aid

Thanks to the generous contributions of alumni, parents and friends, Lehigh University is able to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students who have experienced unexpected expenses. Emergency aid can be in the form of a grant or loan and can be used to cover unexpected expenses including (but not limited to):

  • Travel expenses due to a death or illness in the family
  • Emergency medical and/or dental costs (not otherwise covered by insurance)
  • Cost of books and supplies that are above and beyond the standard allowance included in your financial aid ($500/semester)
  • Replacement of items lost due to fire or theft
  • Fees to participate in experiences that support personal, professional and educational development such as training seminars, conferences, workshops, etc.
  • Long-term loaner program (see below)

Emergency aid cannot cover:

  • Any costs that are already covered in a need-based aid package (standard cost of attendance includes tuition and fees, standard room and board allowance, $1,000 book allowance and $1,500 miscellaneous expenses)
  • Parking tickets or other fines

Emergency aid opportunities are administered by the Dean of Students and Financial Aid Offices. Students who are in need of emergency aid should complete the application for funding. The application will be reviewed by the committee, which consists of representatives from the Dean of Students Office as well as the Financial Aid Office. If the request is approved, the committee will determine the appropriate level of funding and notify the student immediately.

To request emergency aid, please visit

Lehigh's Library and Technology Services also provides short-term (up to a week) loaner laptops free of charge to students, faculty and staff in support of academic and Lehigh-related work. To keep a loaner beyond a week requires special approval by completing the emergency aid request form.