M.S. in Applied Economics: Graduate Assistantships (GAs), Scholarships

College based financial aid, scholarships, and government loans may make pursuing your degree easier and are outlined below. You may also contact the Graduate Programs Office directly for more information.

University and Presidential Fellowships/Scholarships

Application Deadline: December 15th

Full and partial scholarships are available for students. Awards made by the university include a monthly stipend and tuition remission. No duties are required of the recipient. Awards are based on superior performance as an undergraduate and/or graduate student. Students do not need to file family financial data to be eligible for scholarship aid.

One or two fellowships are available each year on a competitive basis for doctoral students who have finished their course work and are currently working on their dissertations. Fellowships include up to nine credit hours of scholarship each semester and an annual stipend.

Loans & Work-Study Awards

Students may apply for federally-funded Stafford and Federal Work-Study through the Office of Financial Aid at 218 W. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA. These funds are awarded on the basis of demonstrated need using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the university application, and a copy of the student’s most recent IRS 1040 and W-2’s.
The Office of Financial Aid is also required to obtain information on all previous federal student loan borrowing from any other college(s) attended, as well as an indication that there is no prior default or refund due to the government for overpayment of federal aid. Lehigh depends on the information displayed on the Student Aid Report (SAR), obtained from the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) filing the FAFSA. Funds cannot be disbursed without a SAR (and NSLDS information). This is a federal requirement. Students who are not able to demonstrate “need” may borrow from the Federal Unsubsidized Loan Program. Because the Stafford loans are financed through commercial lenders, their availability is virtually assured if students qualify. Keep in mind that if you borrowed from the Stafford Loan fund as an undergraduate, you must use the same lender for your graduate Stafford loans. There is only limited availability of Federal Perkins Loans and Work-Study.

Literature on federal student aid programs is available through the financial aid office. Details about the Federal Stafford Loan (with and without subsidy) are also available at participating lenders. Please see the Office of Financial Aid website for a list of preferred lenders and applications for Federal Stafford Loans, as well as a listing of commercial educational loans together with current interest rates, terms, and conditions of repayment.