A new grant will provide free tuition to students whose families make less than $75,000 a year. The grant, The Lehigh Commitment, was announced by university President Joseph Helble, '82, and Provost Nathan Urban on Monday, Oct. 2. (Megan Burke/B&W Staff)

Free tuition to be provided for eligible Lehigh students


Current and incoming undergraduate Lehigh students whose families make less than $75,000 annually (with typical assets) will no longer pay tuition starting fall of 2024 because of a new grant, the Lehigh Commitment. 

University President Joseph Helble, ‘82, and Provost Nathan Urban sent an email to the campus community Monday afternoon about the grant. They wrote that it expands on university-wide efforts to ensure students have access to Lehigh’s opportunities and resources so they may excel throughout their college career — regardless of financial barriers. This program was also announced at the Brown and White BBQ during Family Weekend on Friday, Sept. 29. 

They also wrote that the program includes a fee waiver for the admissions application through the Common Application.

According to the Lehigh Commitment FAQs, eligibility is decided each year when students apply for need-based financial aid but is not available for the summer and winter sessions. Eligibility is also based on students maintaining satisfactory academic progress, which means students must maintain a 2.0 for cumulative and semester GPAs and be passing classes with a total of 12 course credits per semester. It is not retroactive for current graduating seniors or previously graduated students.

The five-year dual degree in arts and engineering is the only five-year program covered by the grant, according to the FAQ webpage.

The email explained the grant is related to the university’s Inspiring the Future Makers strategic plan, which was officially released earlier this year. 

“With the addition of this new program, we have taken another step to ensuring ‘a Lehigh for everyone’ and enrolling talented students regardless of family income,” Helble and Urban wrote in the email.

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  1. This decision just one more reason to be proud to say I work at Lehigh. Eliminating what was an insurmountable financial barrier for otherwise qualified applicants … providing them with the unique opportunity that is the “Lehigh Experience”. Bravo Lehigh….bravo!!

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