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Cost of Attendance

How Cost of Attendance is Estimated

The Division of Financial Aid calculates an estimated cost of attendance for student financial aid applicants based on Federal student aid guidance. The Division of Financial Aid surveys a sample of students every 3 years to help estimate costs accurately.

Cost of attendance estimates vary based on enrollment level each semester and a variety of other factors:

  • Tuition and Fees Estimate
      Varies dependent on the following factors
    • • Whether the student is an Indiana resident or not
    • • College/school of enrollment
    • • Level of enrollment (full, half, or less-than-half time enrollment)
    • • Whether the student is enrolled in any higher-cost courses
    • Note that actual tuition and fee calculations and billings are done by the Bursar; more information about fee rates available at www.purdue.edu/bursar/tuition/fees_wl.html.
  • Housing and Food Allowance

      A standard allowance is provided if the student lives in Purdue residence halls, while students living off-campus are provided a lesser amount. If the student lives with parents and commutes, they will receive a smaller allotment; if a student is enrolled less-than-half-time no room and board allowance can be provided.

  • Books and Supplies Allowance

      A standard allowance is generally provided based on survey data dependent on whether the student is enrolled full time (100% allowance), three-quarter-time (75% allowance), half-time (50% allowance), or less-than-half-time (25% allowance).

  • Travel Allowance

      Varies dependent on whether the student is from the Midwest or outside the Midwest; a larger allowance is provided to local students commuting from their parents’ home.

  • Miscellaneous Personal Expense Allowance

      A standard allowance for the cost of clothing, laundry, and recreation expenses is generally provided based on survey data; if a student is enrolled less-than-half-time no personal expense allowance can be provided.