Need to Know

Tuition Freeze, Scholarships, Financial Aid Priorities – Purdue’s ‘Pledge’ to Indiana 

With clear focus on its Land Grant mission, Purdue University prioritizes institutional financial aid so that a Purdue education is financially accessible to low- and middle-income Indiana residents. Four specific initiatives underscore the University’s commitment to Indiana:

  • Purdue Pell Pledge
  • Marquis Scholarship
  • Purdue Promise
  • Six straight years of frozen tuition (for Indiana residents and non-residents)
Pell Pledge

The Pell Pledge is a program for Indiana residents with high financial need who qualify for the Federal Pell Grant Program. The Pell Pledge ensures that full tuition and fees are covered for eligible students. This includes Indiana resident fees as well as the additional fees charged to students in Computer Science, Engineering, Management and Purdue Polytechnic.

Although covering full tuition/fees for Indiana’s Pell grant recipients has been Purdue’s practice, by giving this current practice a name, we hope more families will recognize the opportunity and not let cost deter students from applying to Purdue.

Marquis Scholarship

The Marquis Scholarship is for Indiana residents with family income between $40,000 and $100,000. The scholarship provides at least $4,000 toward Purdue’s costs and the Division of Financial Aid prioritizes additional free aid so that qualified Marquis recipients receive up to $6,000 additional funding to cover tuition and fees.

Purdue Promise

Purdue Promise is a financial aid and student support package for Indiana’s income-eligible 21st Century Scholars (income of $50,000 or less). With the combination of work-study and free aid, the award covers 100 percent of a student’s demonstrated financial need. In addition to tuition and fees, this award ensures that the average cost of housing, books and miscellaneous expenses are covered for eligible students.

The Purdue Promise on-campus support program focuses on four factors that are directly tied to student success: academics, social activity, leadership and life skills.

Tuition Freeze

When former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels became Purdue’s 12th president in 2012, one of his early initiatives was to freeze tuition. Purdue hasn’t increased tuition since, and this year announced that tuition will hold steady through 2018-19 – a total of six straight years. In addition, average housing costs have decreased, which means it will cost less to attend Purdue in 2018-19 than it did in 2012-13.

In effect, the tuition freeze is a scholarship for all Purdue students, not just Indiana residents. Since the freeze was implemented, Purdue students and their families have saved an estimated $226 million.

Next Steps for Students

To ensure maximum consideration for all financial aid they might qualify for as Purdue students, high school seniors should do three things:

  1. Apply by Purdue’s November 1 Early Action deadline.
  2. Submit the Supplemental Scholarship Application* by January 1.
  3. File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 1. (The FAFSA is available beginning October 1.)

*Some Purdue colleges use the Supplemental Scholarship Application to identify recipients for awards that have very specific criteria. 

Switch to Early Action, Regular Decision

Beginning with the 2018 enrolling class, Purdue will change to Early Action/Regular Decision admission plans. The Early Action application deadline will be November 1 (with notification on January 15) and the Regular Decision deadline will be January 1 (with notification by March 15). Please share the following deadlines and important dates with your rising seniors.

Applying to Purdue for 2018 Enrollment – Dates and Deadlines
August 1, 2017
  • The application goes live. Students should apply early in their senior year using the Common Application or the Coalition Application.
October 1, 2017
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2018-19 goes live. Students should file their FAFSA by January 1 to ensure maximum consideration for Purdue scholarships awarded based on financial need.
November 1, 2017
  • Early Action admission application deadline – students who meet the Early Action deadline will have a decision on January 15. Applications must be complete, meaning the application and all required materials are received by this date.
  • Scholarship deadline – Firm deadline for most merit scholarships; for maximum consideration of all Purdue scholarships, students should apply by the Early Action deadline.
  • Honors College deadline – Students who meet the Early Action deadline and indicate on the admission application that they want to apply to the Honors College will be invited to complete a separate, online Honors College application. This application will be available in November within their Purdue application status portal.
  • Priority application deadline for students applying for the following majors: Computer Science, Nursing, Professional Flight, Veterinary Technology.
January 1, 2018
  • Regular Decision admission application deadline – students who apply by the Regular Decision deadline will have an admission decision by March 15.
  • Supplemental scholarship application deadline – some Purdue colleges use the supplemental scholarship application to award scholarships with very specific criteria.
  • Deadline to file FAFSA to be considered for scholarships awarded through the supplemental scholarship application.
March 1, 2018
  • Priority FAFSA deadline.

Applicant Status, Final Transcripts, College Credit

Letters with the post-May 1 status of your Purdue applicants are on the way and should deliver in mid-May. Please use these to identify students who have accepted their Purdue admission offer and send us their official, final high school transcripts.

If students have college credit, please make sure they know we also need official copies of all final college transcripts – including for online courses. If students have college credit they want us to consider for Purdue transfer credit (including dual high school/college credit), they must provide an official transcript from the college or university that awarded the credit. We cannot use high school transcripts to award Purdue credit.

We have provided this information to students via email as well – letting them know most high schools provide final transcripts to their students’ enrolling colleges without being asked but that it is their responsibility to ensure we receive theirs. Students can log into their Purdue application portal to see whether we have received their high school transcript. Once college transfer credit is evaluated, students will see a transfer credit report in their Purdue application portal and of course articulated credit will appear in their Purdue student record. 

Counselor Visit Programs in Indiana 

Registration is now open for our Indiana high school counselor receptions for the fall 2017 semester – breakfast programs in nine cities across the state beginning in August. In addition to an update from Admissions, the programs will include presentations by one or two featured academic programs.

If you’re ready to plan ahead, you can register now for one of these events. Once you register, you’ll receive an immediate confirmation email, but we’ll also send a reminder a few days before the event. We hope you’ll be able to join us!

Coalition Application

Students will be able to use the Coalition Application to apply to Purdue for 2018 enrollment. Although we had planned to implement the Coalition Application for 2017, technical issues would have delayed implementation beyond critical application deadlines. So we delayed implementation to the following year. Students can apply to Purdue with the Common Application or the Coalition Application. We do not have a preference. 

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