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Lehigh announces ‘Lehigh Commitment’ to make a transformative education even more accessible

Undergraduate students with a family income of less than $75,000 will receive a full tuition grant from Lehigh

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Marcus Smith '25

To expand access to a Lehigh education, beginning in the fall of 2024, the new Lehigh Commitment will provide a full tuition grant (the family will pay no tuition) to all admitted and current undergraduate students from families with a household income of less than $75,000.

“With the Lehigh Commitment, we are expanding our effort to ensure that every student, regardless of their financial background, has the resources and opportunities to achieve their fullest potential throughout their college career,” said President Joseph J. Helble ’82. “We are thrilled that this grant will lessen the cost for many families, and make a Lehigh education accessible to more talented students who will strengthen our campus community. This expands our commitment to being a community for all, supporting the ambitious goals outlined in our Inspiring the Future Makers strategic plan to help all students unleash their full potential to shape the future.”

Lehigh offers many existing programs to support the academic success of its students, including the Student Opportunity Fund; Iacocca International Internships; the High-Impact Experience Opportunity Fellowship; Travel Grants to participate in study abroad programs; the Passport to Success Program; the Loaner Laptop Program; and the Emergency Aid Fund. Also, Lehigh’s Center for Career and Professional Development provides support with career education and professional development, and access to opportunities for all students to connect with employers and alumni through mentorship, internships, interviews and more.

The Lehigh Commitment also includes an application fee waiver.

“Supporting students from all economic backgrounds positively shapes our campus community and makes us a stronger university,” said Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Nathan Urban. “The Lehigh Commitment is not just a tuition grant program but a powerful lever to enhance our learning environment alongside the supports and programs available to all Lehigh students.”

Beginning with the launch of the Lehigh Commitment in Fall 2024, all current and incoming students will be eligible. It is renewable for up to four years of support of undergraduate study at Lehigh for all students from families with a household income of less than $75,000.

The Lehigh Commitment is part of a broad suite of financial aid programs that Lehigh has created to support the success of all of our students. In recent years, Lehigh has increased merit scholarships for undergraduate students regardless of financial need. In 2023-24, more than 30 percent of admitted students received a merit scholarship of $15,000 or more per year. Overall in 2022-23, $137 million was provided in undergraduate financial aid.

For more information on the Lehigh Commitment, please visit the Lehigh Financial Aid website.

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Marcus Smith '25