How Do I Pay for Purdue?

A degree from Purdue Engineering is an investment in your future. There are many ways to fund this investment including but not limited to scholarships. This page provides information about financial aid, scholarships, and student loans, as well as paid co-ops, internships and research opportunities. 

Purdue Value

Purdue Engineering undergraduate programs consistently rank high among their national peers. In the U.S. News & World Report survey “Best Colleges 2015,” Purdue’s College of Engineering ranked 8th nationally.  The College of Engineering continues to produce research of global significance and solidly prepares its graduates for leadership roles in responding to the global, technological, economic, and societal challenges of the 21st century.  To learn more about Purdue Engineering’s placement rate and average starting salary, visit https://www.cco.purdue.edu/data/ and select Engineering.

Tuition and Fees

The estimated cost of attendance for 2017-2018 at Purdue University varies depending on factors such as where a student chooses to live, travel expenses, food costs, enrollment in a specific program or college/school, etc. For the most current and detailed information please visit the Undergraduate Admissions Tuition and Fees page. The Division of Financial Aid office has an aid estimator and net price calculator to help families plan for educational costs at Purdue.

Financial Aid

To apply for federal, state, and Purdue University student aid programs, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA must be filed annually to be eligible for aid with a January 1 priority-filing deadline. The Purdue University, West Lafayette, Federal School Code for the FAFSA is 001825.

In-depth information about the financial aid application process can be found on the Division of Financial Aid's website.

Financial Aid Guide to Success

A free guide to help the growing number of students in their efforts to enroll in and to afford a postsecondary education.  Available online in English and in Spanish, the 21-page booklet includes information about college applications, the search process and financial aid. Access the Guides in both English and Spanish.

Scholarships & Grants

All first-year college students who have a completed Purdue admission application by November 1 and are admitted to Purdue will be considered for the full range of freshman scholarships. All information associated with the admission application is reviewed for scholarship consideration. For details, please visit the Undergraduate Admissions Freshmen Scholarship pages. A few Purdue Engineering scholarships are awarded to admitted students based on information provided on the admissions application and (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) FAFSA. To be considered, incoming admitted students should complete the admission application by November 1 and submit the FAFSA by January 1. Another excellent resource for Scholarships & Grant information is Purdue's Division of Financial Aid. DFA administers a few scholarships which require an application specifically for Engineering students.

The 2016-17 applications are available here.

Important Dates and Deadlines

November 1- Firm admission application deadline to be considered for Purdue scholarships. To meet the deadline, the admission application must be submitted by November 1. A completed application includes all required items: common application, Purdue questions, common application writing supplement, letter of recommendation, ACT and/or SAT test score (including writing sent from testing agency), high school transcript and application fee.

February 1- A number of Purdue Engineering scholarships are awarded based on information provided on the admissions application and FAFSA. The application is used to identify candidates for awards that have very specific criteria, including a financial-need component.

Financial Aid

January 1- If applying for need-based scholarships and financial aid, complete the FAFSA (apply online).

February 16- Students who completed a FAFSA (financial aid file is complete) and/or received a Purdue scholarship will receive a financial aid award notification.

May 1- A $400, non-refundable, enrollment deposit is required to reserve your place in the class.

External Scholarships

We encourage students to explore all of the scholarship opportunities available to them. A great place to start is with the community service organizations you are a member of such as Boy/Girl Scouts, 4-H, high schools, faith-based organizations and more. Many engineering professional organizations such as IEEE, IBE, SAE, and SWE offer scholarships. Other scholarship opportunities can be found at www.fastweb.com or www.scholarships.com. International students may wish to review www.edupass.org for resources and scholarship opportunities.

Loans

Loans provide an opportunity for families to spread out college costs over a repayment period. Most student loans provide an opportunity for deferment of principal payment until after graduation or until the student ceases to be enrolled at least half time in a degree-seeking program. Most parent loans require payment while the student is in college.

The Division of Financial Aid-Loans offers detailed information about the loan application process and types of loans that are available to Purdue students and their parents.

Co-Ops, Internships, and Research

In addition to scholarships and loans, students are earning money to put towards school while gaining valuable work experience through Co-Ops, internships, and research. These opportunities also help to open doors when it comes to full-time careers after graduation. In fact approximately 91% of our students are placed within the first six months after graduation, with about 70% going into the workforce, while about 21% are going on to higher levels of education, including med-school, law school, MBA, and MS in Engineering.

When it comes to Co-Ops and internships, the average income for our engineering students ranges from $10,000-$15,000 per semester/summer. The paid research opportunities are also highly competitive when it comes to compensation and experience gained. When it comes to Co-Op opportunities, Purdue is one of the few colleges that allows students to start work after their freshman year, giving our students a slight edge by the time they are in their junior or senior year.

Links for More information about Co-Ops, Internships, and Research

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