Financial Aid

Students may apply for a range of financial aid options to support their pursuit of an EPD degree.  These options include scholarships [link to section below], Teaching Assistantships [link to section below] and Community Fellowships [link to section below]. 

Please note that students receiving some forms of financial aid (such as a Teaching Assistantship) must receive the EPD Program’s permission before considering additional outside employment.  Approval will be contingent upon a student’s academic performance and fulfillment of TA-related responsibilities. 

Also, the continuation of any financial aid is contingent upon both the availability of funding and the student’s performance.  The college and EPD program make every effort to see that resources remain available, and we ask that students do their part as well:  maintain at least a 3.0 grade average and (if applicable) adequately perform all TA or fellowship duties. 


Scholarships consist of tuition credits only (no stipend is included). EPD has a limited number of scholarships to award annually, and awards are typically based upon a combination of merit and need. 

Presidential Scholarships are available to Lehigh undergraduate who achieve and maintain a 3.75 GPA by their junior year, and cover a 5th year of study at Lehigh.  The application is submitted to and approved by Lehigh University’s Office of the Registrar.

Application Form

Additional Information

50/50 Scholarships are available to new students as they enter the EPD program, and pay for half of the cost of tuition for each semester students are enrolled.  These scholarships are based on merit and are designed to help attract the best students to our program.  They may not be combined with any other form of financial aid (such as a Teaching Assistantship).

Thesis Scholarships are available to EPD students who need additional time to complete a thesis.  Students who are making progress in the program and who are in good standing may apply to use this scholarship to register for 1-credit hour of thesis (ES-490) during their terminal semester.  (Lehigh requires that you be registered for the semester prior to your graduation.)  Requests for thesis scholarships should be made to the EPD Director (Dr. Karen Beck Pooley,, 610-737-8504) prior to the start of your terminal semester.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistants provide 20 hours per week of service to the program and university.  In exchange, TAs receive up to 9 credits of tuition per semester (and, in some cases, 3 credits of thesis hours (ES-490) during the summer session) and a monthly stipend for the 9-month academic year (late August to late May). 

A TA position may be split between two students during the academic year, meaning each student would receive one semester’s worth of tuition for 9 credits and 4.5 months of stipend. 

A more extensive discussion of eligibility for and conditions of TA positions can be found here

Community Fellowships 

The Community Fellows Program places graduate students with community-based partners where they work 15 hours per week while also taking classes toward a degree.  Fellows receive academic credit for their off-campus work, allowing them to earn their EPD degree in one full year of work and classes.

The Community Fellowship is paid by Lehigh University and the community-based partner, and covers all but 9 credits of graduate school tuition.  As a result, the Community Fellow is only responsible for 3 credits of tuition in both the fall and spring semesters, and 3 credits of tuition in the summer session.

Applicants interested in a Community Fellowship should submit a letter to that effect along with their regular application to EPD.  More information on the Community Fellows Program is available here: