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Graduate Application for Financial Aid

Federal Loan Application Process

Though there are no specific deadlines to apply for financial aid as a graduate student, students must apply for and accept awards prior to the end of the period of enrollment being considered. Financial aid application materials and awards are specific to an academic year (summer, fall, winter, spring). Financial Aid Notification emails are sent on a rolling basis. To apply for a Direct loan or PLUS loan, graduate students must complete and submit the following information:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which may be accessed at: Federal Student Aid. First, you will need to obtain an FSA ID.
  2. Fill out the Lehigh University Graduate Student Financial Aid Application.
  3. If you have not yet borrowed through the Direct Loan Program, you will be required to complete a new Master Promissory Note (MPN) and complete the Entrance Counseling Session. If you previously borrowed through the Direct Loan Program and signed the Master Promissory Note less than 10 years ago, you will only be required to complete the Entrance Counseling Session for the first year in which you borrow at the graduate level.

Other Requirements

Direct Loan Graduate PLUS Master Promissory Note (MPN/Application) - Complete the MPN online. Note that the Direct PLUS loan must be applied for annually to confirm that the borrower is creditworthy. As part of the process, the Lehigh University Office of Financial Aid will certify enrollment, cost of attendance and other aid received.