Lehigh University Center

Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Welcome from the Director

When it comes to financial aid, we know it can be challenging—whether you have or haven't completed the process before. We are aware that you may have questions and concerns and are here to assist you.

The primary financial aid counselor for all Lehigh graduate students is Tami Bauder, though there are multiple staff members in our office who can assist you. We sincerely want to help you achieve your educational goals and know that financing an education is a significant factor in this process.

Please note that financial aid for Lehigh University’s graduate programs consists mainly of fixed-rate federal student loans through the Office of Financial Aid. Applicants must be registered at least half-time to be eligible for federal loans (6 credits each semester during the academic year, or 3 credits for each summer session). Enrollment in a degree program is also required. Graduate students may apply for loans up until the last day of classes for the term in which they are seeking assistance (but we recommend securing this financing well before this time).

Here are a few tips to help you through the process:

  • Review our tuition and costs below. Remember that you won’t know what Lehigh would cost for you until you apply for financial aid and receive your decision.
  • Learn about the three main types of aid. It’s important to explore all of your options as many students find a combination of these types of aid works best.
  • When it’s time to apply for aid, carefully review the requirements to ensure you complete all necessary forms by the deadline.

As you progress through the financial aid process, it is important to read all correspondence from our office. Most of the communications you receive from our office request or explain information that is directly related to the receipt of your financial aid. These communications are sent to your Lehigh University assigned email address.

It is also important to remember that you must reapply for financial aid each year if you are requesting assistance with your college expenses.


Jennifer Mertz

Graduate Tuition & Costs

Tuition and fees for Lehigh University graduate programs vary by college. For more information about specific graduate programs, please visit the Office of the Bursar's website or contact the graduate admissions office for the college from which you are seeking a degree.

For the purpose of determining financial aid eligibility, Lehigh uses a standard room and board allowance of $9,020 for each Fall and Spring semester and $3,150 for each Summer and Winter term that the student is enrolled. Off campus students will not receive a bill from the University for housing but can expect to incur housing and meal costs that are similar to this allowance.  If a Graduate student chooses to live on campus, their room charges will be applied to their Bursar account. 

Billing Information

Tuition bills are emailed each semester and are administered by the Bursar’s office. For more information and to confirm the deadlines for payment, please visit the Office of the Bursar's website.

Graduate Payment Plan

Lehigh offers a payment plan that enables you to spread each semester’s educational expenses over three installments. The fee to participate ranges from $25 to $50 depending on when you apply. This optional plan is extremely popular with our students. For more information about this program, please visit the Office of the Bursar's website.