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The FAFSA registers you to be considered for aid from Purdue and the federal/state government. To be considered for additional Purdue/private scholarships or private loans, you need to take a few extra steps, such as completing a separate application. Additional information about eligibility and steps to apply for each type of resource are listed below: 

Purdue Scholarships

Other Purdue Departmental Scholarships

Private Scholarships

Private Loans

Purdue Departmental Scholarships

Incoming freshmen need to have a complete admissions application submitted by November 1 to be considered for Purdue’s merit scholarships.

The deadline for incoming Purdue West Lafayette freshman to complete the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application for the 2018-2019 school year is January 1, 2018*.

*Incoming Polytechnic Institute Statewide students should continue to apply until August 1, 2018.  

In addition to having a complete admissions application by November 1, new students enrolling in one of the following colleges or schools should also complete the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application by January 1, 2018.


*Liberal Arts

*Health & Human Sciences

*Krannert School of Management

*Polytechnic Institute

Scholarships awarded through the supplemental scholarship application are based on merit, need or a combination of the two.  If you wish to be considered for those scholarships with a need component, the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be completed by January 1, 2018.

Current Students: There are different deadlines for different programs:

  • Agriculture — February 1
  • Chemical Engineering — April 1
  • Health and Human Sciences — January 1
  • Liberal Arts — February 15
  • Management — March 2
  • Polytechnic Institute* — March 1 

*Polytechnic Institute Statewide students should complete the Supplement Scholarship Application and select Purdue Polytechnic as their school.    Polytechnic Institute Statewide students may complete the application by August 1.           

What You’ll Do:

Watch for the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application and follow the directions.

Other Purdue Departmental Scholarships

Some schools and departments use applications other than the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application. Find your department below to see if you qualify, and also check to see if you qualify for any other scholarships offered at Purdue.


Criteria: Distinguished academic performance, county, residence, leadership, community and 4-H/FAA involvement, and some require essays; criteria for department-level scholarships vary.

Application: The College awards a limited number of scholarships to first-year students with a financial need component. To be considered for these scholarships, admitted students need to complete the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application by January 1.

Continuing students should also complete the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application by February 1 for consideration of specific scholarships. Check for additional requirements.

Sherrelyn Meyer, Assistant Director, Academic Programs

Student Success

Span Plan offers several different scholarship awards for nontraditional students.  Awards are based on a combination of academic success, financial need, personal essays and letters of recommendation.  To apply, students must complete the Supplemental Scholarship Application by March 1.  For more information on the specific scholarships offered, visit the Span Plan website.  International students that meet the nontraditional student qualifications, should review the Span Plan website for additional information regarding financial need.

Erin Britton, Assistant Director


Criteria: Distinguished academic performance and some require essays.

Application: Continuing students should review information and complete an online scholarship application by February 1.

Jane Ann Dimitt, Director Office of Advising and Recruiting


Application: The college awards a limited number of scholarships to first-year students. To be considered, the admission application must be submitted by November 1. The Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application is not required for admitted First Year Engineering students. 

Current students in First-Year Engineering should review specific school website of their intended major. Upperclassmen should review their current professional school website for additional information, deadline dates and scholarship application (if required). 

Lori Pence, Associate Director, Student Success

Exploratory Studies

Criteria: Distinguished academic performance; some also consider letters of recommendation, candidate statement and other criteria.

Application: Incoming first-year students should visit the Exploratory Studies Scholarship webpage for more information.

Kyle Paquin

Health and Human Sciences

Criteria: Distinguished academic performance, extracurricular activities and some short essays.

Application: All admitted and continuing students should review information and complete the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application.

Additional information can be found here. 

Heather Dykes
(765) 494-8533

Liberal Arts

Criteria: Distinguished academic performance, difficulty of coursework, extracurricular activities and writing ability.

Application: Incoming freshmen and continuing students should check for additional requirements for specific scholarships.

Scholarship Administrator

Krannert School of Management

Criteria: Academic Achievements, Leadership Experiences, Community Engagement, Entrepreneurship, and Academic Contributions to the University and current GPA. 

Application: The college awards a limited number of scholarships to first-year students. To be considered for these scholarships, admitted students need to complete the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application by January 1.

Returning or Transfer Students should review scholarship information and complete the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application by March 2 for scholarship consideration.

Melissa Evens, Director of Scholarships and the Leadership Communication Studio


Criteria: Distinguished academic performance, leadership, extracurricular and volunteer criteria.

Application: Continuing PharmD and upper-class Pharmaceutical Science student scholarships are decided by departmental scholarship committees in the College of Pharmacy. Eligible students must complete the College of Pharmacy Scholarship Application (available in January) for scholarship consideration. Students applying for the professional program are considered for scholarships as a part of the admission process, and no additional application is required.

Joseph E. Dubes III, RPH, Senior Director of Student Services

Brenda Schroeder, Assistant Director of Student Services


Criteria: Distinguished academic performance; difficulty of college-level coursework (upperclassmen), research, leadership, community service and engagement, and co-curricular involvement.

Application: Continuing student scholarships are decided by departmental scholarship committees in the College of Science and are based on academic and co-curricular criteria. Student must complete the College of Science Scholarship Application for consideration.

Lynne Horngren, Scholarship Administrator

Polytechnic Institute

Criteria: Distinguished academic performance, special merit and financial need.

Application: To maximize consideration for all possible scholarships, first-year students should have a complete admissions application by November 1.

Jacqueline Brown, Academic Excellence Coordinator

Private Scholarships

There are many private scholarships available — especially for incoming freshmen — and you should definitely be applying for these as early as possible. Scholarship opportunities can be found in your local community and nationwide and will have different application processes. However, it is important to be wary of scholarship scams. You should not pay a fee to an organization to find scholarship opportunities for you or to complete an application for a scholarship that is offered. 

We recommend talking to a guidance counselor or checking out free resources like FastWeb,, or to learn about opportunities you may be eligible for.

The Bursar's Office provides details about mailing checks from donors, how they are applied to your bill, and other processing information for private scholarships that you receive.

Remember to thank the sponsor of your scholarship. Learn more here.

Private Loans

A large number of private education loan options are available to assist you and your family in meeting college costs. Loan applications are completed with your lender of choice and require good credit or a co-signer with good credit. We recommend applying at least 30 days prior to the date you need the funds and complying quickly to information requests from your lender. Read more about student loans.

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