Financial Aid




Students can now file their 17-18 FAFSA

Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students can begin filing their FAFSA on Oct. 1, 2016.

Because the FAFSA is based on the 2015 tax year, you will already have done your taxes by the time you fill out your FAFSA, and you won’t need to estimate your tax information and then go back into the FAFSA later to update it.

  • Students who would like to be reviewed for financial aid eligibility for the 2017-2018 year (Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018), must file a 2017-2018 FAFSA, based on the 2015 tax year
  • To file a FAFSA online, go to
  • LHU’s school code is 003323
  • Students and parents are strongly urged to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when filing.
  • The LHU suggested filing date is March 15, 2017
  • The Pennsylvania State Grant or PHEAA State Grant has a deadline of May 1, 2017. All students who submit a FAFSA after that date will automatically be ineligible even if they qualify for the grant.
  • More information about completing the FAFSA can be found at

Financial Aid Calendar

The financial aid application process is one that occurs over several months throughout the year. Please access the calendar below to help guide you through.

Incoming and Transfer Students for the Fall 2016 Semester


Tasks to complete


  • Start searching for outside scholarships for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters


  • Collect student/parent w2(s) and other information to file your 2015 Federal Income Tax Return with the IRS
  • Continue searching for outside scholarships


  • Submit taxes with the IRS (student and parent, if applicable)
  • Continue searching for outside scholarships


  • Submit a complete, signed FAFSA by March 15--make sure to add LHU as a school that can view your information and transfer your tax information from the IRS directly on your FAFSA using “IRS DRT”.

Late March/Early April

  • Accepted LHU Students will receive a Financial Aid Award Letter.
  • All students whose FAFSA was selected for verification review, will also receive a verification request. Please complete and return within 30 days.


  • Complete Direct Loan requirements, if it is the student’s intention to take them.
  • Forward scholarship notifications to the Financial Aid Office.


  • Receive your student bill from the Student Accounts Office (your processed financial aid will appear on the bill)
  • If an additional loan is needed to cover expenses, apply for that now (3-4 weeks to process)


  • One week before the start of the fall semester: Check your bill online via myHaven under Student Accounts to see that your financial aid is processed and applied.