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Lehman College

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Overview

With undergraduate tuition for New York State residents at $4,000 per year, Lehman offers an excellent and affordable education.

Of course, college education costs more than just tuition. You also need to pay for school fees, books, supplies, travel to and from school as well as your living expenses. Through a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment, Lehman tries to make as much money available to you as possible so that you can afford to attend college.

Graduate students also receive scholarships and financial aid.

Scholarships

Students applying to Lehman are automatically considered for a range of scholarships based on academic merit. No need for a separate application is necessary. For a listing of available scholarships, please visit the web page for the Office of Testing and Scholarships.

Because scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, early applications to the college are encouraged. No scholarships are awarded to applicants seeking admission for the Spring semester.

Dates to remember for scholarship applicants:

  • Submission of CUNY freshman or transfer applications by February 1st ensures early consideration for Lehman scholarships and awards. To ensure the best chance of receiving a Lehman scholarship, you should submit your application by December 1st.
  • Applicants for the CUNY Honors College at Lehman must submit a completed Honors College application by November 1st for early admission and by December 15th for regular admission. Students not admitted to the Honors College will be considered for other Lehman scholarships and awards. There is no need to file a separate freshman admissions application.

Need-Based Financial Aid

Financial aid offers are based on need. Students applying to Lehman are considered for several different aid programs, including the following:

  • Federal Pell Grants. Pell Grants range from $200 to as much as $2,025 per semester, depending on family income. Full-time and part-time students are eligible.
  • Federal Work-Study. A program providing an opportunity to be placed in a part-time job that will accommodate your academic schedule during the school year. Jobs may be either on-campus or off-campus, provided they are Work-Study eligible. Assistance in placement in a Work-Study job is provided by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Federal Direct Loans. Federal Direct Loans, funded through Title IV legislation, range from $200-$5,500 for undergraduate students and up to $8,500 for graduate students. A separate Lehman College Direct Loan application must be filed in addition to the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Federal Perkins Loans. Low-interest (5 percent) loans for both undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional financial need.
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG). A grant for students demonstrating exceptional financial need.
  • New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Grants to assist students in paying tuition. TAP awards range from $500 to full CUNY tuition.
  • Aid for Part-Time Study Program (APTS). A New York State program for students pursuing a degree as a part-time student.
  • SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge). SEEK is a state-funded program for educationally and economically disadvantaged students at CUNY. Program participants receive academic support and limited need-based financial aid. Students request consideration for admission into the SEEK Program by completing the appropriate section of the CUNY Freshman Admissions Application.

In order to be considered for financial aid, students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be submitted either in the paper form or as an electronic application through the Internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Students who are New York State residents should also complete a New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP/APTS) application, along with the FAFSA. If you are a New York State resident and you complete the FAFSA online, you will be directed to the New York State Tuition Assistance Program's online application. If you submit a paper FAFSA, you will receive a CUNY TAP/APTS application in the mail.

For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Graduate students are considered for both merit-based scholarships and need-based financial aid. In general, graduate students receive scholarships through the department or program to which they seek admission. No separate application is necessary. However, students should consider researching and applying for other scholarships as well. The Office of Testing and Scholarships offers assistance in locating scholarship sources.

In order to be considered for financial aid, graduate students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be submitted either in the paper form or as an electronic application through the Internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Prospective graduate students who are New York State residents should also complete a New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP/APTS) application, along with the FAFSA. If you are a New York State resident and you complete the FAFSA online, you will be directed to the New York State Tuition Assistance Program's online application. If you submit a paper FAFSA, you will receive a CUNY TAP/APTS application in the mail.

For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid.

New York State Resident Tuition Rate

Students may qualify for the New York State resident tuition rate by proving that they have resided within the State for the 12-month period preceding the first day of classes. They must also establish that they are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or that they possess an eligible non-immigrant alien status. All students, including undocumented students, are eligible to pay in-state tuition if any of the following applies:

  • They were enrolled in CUNY for the Fall 2001 semester, and qualified for in-state tuition at that time; or
  • They attended a New York Sate high school for two or more years, graduated, and applied to attend a CUNY institution within five years of receiving a New York State diploma; or
  • They attended an approved New York State program for the General Education Development (GED) exam preparation, received a GED from New York State, and applied to attend a CUNY institution within five years of receiving the New York State GED. GED holders who graduated from high school either in the United States or overseas are not eligible for this benefit.

One final note: To get in-state tuition, undocumented immigrants must file an affidavit stating that they have applied to legalize their status, or that they will apply to do so as soon as they are eligible.

Residency forms and a list of documents that may be used to prove residency can be obtained in the Office of Admissions, Shuster Hall, Room 161.

Attendance/Academic Requirements for Student Financial Aid

Both state and federal financial aid programs require regular class attendance and satisfactory progress toward a degree. Students withdrawing from courses should consult the Financial Aid Office for information regarding their eligibility for aid.