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Thanks to the generous contributions of alumni, parents and friends, the Office of International Affairs is able to provide financial assistance to students who are experiencing unexpected expenses.

The International Student Assistance Fund provides grants in amounts up to $1,500 to students who demonstrate financial need. Students are able to use the grants to cover their educational, living or health-related expenses. Apply for a grant >

Eligible students must be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate or graduate student at Lehigh and studying at Lehigh on an F-1 visa. Students who are studying remotely from their home country due to COVID restrictions are eligible to apply for the grants. Requests will be considered when submitted, until the fund is depleted.

Students who apply to the International Student Assistance Fund may not also apply to the Emergency Student Fund or the Graduate Student Emergency Grant. Due to the limited nature of the fund, students may only receive up to $1,500 in assistance grants per academic year.  

Due to the volume of requests, the committee will not approve grants for use with purchasing computers, including laptops.  

Note: Part of the International Student Assistance Fund, the Indian Student Opportunity Fund gives preference to students who are residents of India and secondly another international country in an effort to increase opportunities for an underrepresented group and to support a diverse student body.

Award decisions are made by Office of International Affairs, Office of Financial Aid, and Office of Graduate Life. If you have questions, please contact us at