Tuition rates for full and part-time students for the 2019-2020 academic year,
including summer 2019:

Master of Science in Applied Economics $1,110 per credit hour

Orientation fee: $100

*Subject to change at the discretion of Lehigh University

Tuition Payment

Tuition is due prior to the first day of class. A payment plan is available. Billing details can be found at the Lehigh University bursar's site

Financial Guarantee 

International applicants who accept the offer of admission must submit an original or notarized financial guarantee demonstrating sufficient funds to meet educational expenses for the first year of study. Scanned copies of the original bank statement or bank letters are acceptable. The financial guarantee should be no more than 6 months old.  Include a letter of sponsorship if the expenses will be paid by someone other than the student. The minimum amount you must cover to show solvency for immigration documents is $37,328 and includes the following costs:

Tuition & Fees (18 credits plus Orientation fee) $20,080
Health Insurance & Other Expenses $2,918
12 Month Living Expenses $14,330

Total = $37,328

Please note: $37,328 is the minimum amount you must show for immigration purposes. The student's actual expenses may be greater. The financial explanation of costs per program can be seen on the tuition webpage.


Immigration documents will be issued to you upon:

  1. Acceptance of an offer of admission from Lehigh University
  2. Payment of the non-refundable $1,000 enrollment deposit (deposit will be applied towards your Bursar Bill upon matriculation at Lehigh University)
  3. Upload and verification of your financial guarantee and documents
  4. Upload Passport Information
  5. If applicable, input your Dependent’s Information


The cost of living in the Lehigh Valley is very affordable. The Office of Housing Services maintains on-campus graduate student housing that ranges from $640/month to $940/month with a variety of options. A list of off-campus apartments is available through their website. For more information on graduate housing, contact the Office of Housing Services at [610] 758-3500 or

The Office of Graduate Student Life website contains comprehensive information on temporary and permanent housing, roommate forums and finders, a list of off-campus apartments, and links to local newspaper classifieds. Information on leases and city inspections may be obtained here too.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance Requirements

Lehigh University requires all full-time and certified full-time graduate students to have health insurance.

Enrollment is confirmed by completing the Enrollment Form by the published deadline. 

The premium for academic year 2019-2020 is $2,057. Coverage begins in August.

Inaction on the student’s part will result in automatic enrollment in the student health insurance plan and the premium posted to the student account

All international graduate students in F-1 or J-1 visa status are required to purchase the insurance provided by Lehigh University. Domestic students, however, may waive the requirement to purchase this insurance upon submission of proof of coverage from another ACA-qualified plan, such as one offered by an employer, spouse, or parent. 

Part-time students are not eligible to purchase insurance through Lehigh University's student plan.

For complete details on the Student Health Insurance plan, including complete eligibility requirements, effective dates and costs, enrollment periods, and the schedule of benefits, please see:

  1. Lehigh Bursar Student Health Insurance website
  2. Lehigh University Student Health Insurance Plan information available from University Health Plans

Health Insurance Subsidy

The subsidy program is offered to students who meet all criteria listed below on the payment subsidy date:

  • Full time or certified full time graduate student
  • Receiving assistantship or fellowship payments through the university payroll system
  • Have paid their Lehigh injury and sickness insurance premium in full or are signed up for payroll deduction of premiums

(2019-2020 information will be updated August 1.)

For 2018-19, the annual premium for student only coverage will be $1,918.   The University will provide a subsidy of $954 for the 2018-2019 year, thus, the out-of-pocket cost for individual coverage will be $964. Subsidy payments are automatically paid to all eligible students each semester and do not require application forms.

Eligible students will receive a subsidy payment of $477, minus the appropriate taxes, for each semester during which they qualify. The subsidy will be paid at the end of each semester (with the December 14 and May 15 paychecks). NOTE: If your paychecks stop before these dates, you will not be able to receive the subsidy.

The University’s insurance broker is University Health Plans  Due to the drastic changes that have been occurring in the insurance industry and in an attempt to provide affordable insurance coverage to our graduate students, the University no longer offers coverage for dependents. In order to help those students that require dependent coverage explore the dependent coverage available, University Health Plans will maintain a website that will list insurance companies that may provide coverage for dependents.

Students enroll in the University Health Plans insurance program by submitting to the Bursar:


  • Payment (see form) or payroll deduction form before September 7, 2018 (annual 2018/2019 coverage or coverage only for fall 2018 semester) and February 1, 2019 (coverage only for spring 2019 semester for new students).