How to Apply for Financial Aid
for Domestic Students
For Families of Students Applying for Admission to Lehigh:
Families who are interested in financial aid must submit a CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
Application. Lehigh requires this form, as do about 500 other selective, private
colleges and universities to determine eligibility for institutional funds. Please read
carefully each college’s information on the financial aid application process so that no
deadline is missed. Lehigh’s code for CSS is 2365.
Registration worksheets, for the PROFILE service, will be available in your high
school guidance office during the fall of your senior year. You can also register for
this service by calling 1-800-778-6888 or electronically through their web page at
profileonline.collegeboard.com. You should register as early as November 1 if you
will be applying for admission under early decision. (Jan.1 for regular admission).
You must file the completed PROFILE Application by November 15 for early decision
and February 1 for regular admission to be considered "on time" for financial aid
consideration. Register by January 15 and complete the PROFILE by February 1.
As noted previously, you will also be required to the file the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify for federal and state-funded student aid. The
FAFSA is also available in high school guidance offices, or at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Lehigh’s code for FAFSA is 003289. Please consult the table below for appropriate
times to file the FAFSA.
Deadline to Deadline to file Aid
Deadline to file 2003
Applicant Type register for CSS/PROFILE Decision
file FAFSA IRS 1040
CSS/PROFILE application Letters
Early Dec. I* November 1 November 15 February 15 February 15 mid-Dec.
Early Dec. II January 1 January 15 February 15 February 15 mid-Feb.
Regular Dec. January 15 February 1 February 15 February 15 March 27
Transfer App. February 15 March 1 March 1 March 1 May 15
* Early Decision I students should send copy of 2003 IRS 1040 by November 15, 2004.
Reapplying in subsequent years:
The reapplication process for returning students is on a different calendar, since
there is no May 1 Freshman Candidate's Reply Date to be concerned about. April 15
is the refiling date, which is more closely aligned to the filing of federal tax returns.
Lehigh requires filing the renewal editions of the same two forms: the CSS Financial
Aid PROFILE - Renewal Application; and the Renewal FAFSA, in addition to a Lehigh
application and copies of Federal Tax returns (IRS 1040) for 2003. A packet
containing all requisite forms will be available for pickup in the Office of Financial Aid,
notification will be made to all aid applicants from the previous year.
Applicant Deadline to Deadline to Deadline Deadline Financial
Type register for file renewal to file to file Aid
CSS/PROFILE CSS/PROFILE renewal IRS 1040 Decision
application FAFSA with Letters
April 1 April 15 April 15 April 15 June 30
March 15 April 1 April 1 April 1 April 30
Determining the satisfactory progress of a student for continuing eligibility of
financial aid requires a review of grade point average as it relates to the graduation
requirement; and progress in courses passed based on curriculum requirements. At
Lehigh, with three undergraduate colleges and 70 majors, the requirements for
satisfactory progress can be easily met.