Is This My Cohort?

You are part of the 2014 cohort if you first enrolled at Purdue in fall 2014 and qualified for one or more of the following scholarships:

  • Purdue Promise (must also have been a confirmed 21st Century Scholar)
  • Emerging Leader (EL) along with Purdue Promise

Important Notes and Policies for My Cohort

“Pre” Majors, Exploratory Studies, and CODO

If you anticipate being in a “pre” major (examples: Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Communication, Pre-Management) during the 2014-2015 academic year, you should seek guidance from your advisor and Purdue Promise Coach on where you stand in your program of study and possible implications for on-time graduation and financial aid. Your goal should be that you are prepared and eligible to move into upper-division coursework by the end of this academic year. You cannot graduate in a “pre” major, so if you are not meeting requirements to proceed in upper division coursework, you should meet with your advisor to discuss the CODO process and whether switching to a new major is in your best interest.

Exploratory Studies students have up to four semesters to decide on a major. Most transfer to a degree-granting school/college during their second semester or at the beginning of their third semester. If you are Exploratory Studies, you must transfer to a degree-granting school/college by the end of your fourth semester. If you are still undecided at that time, you may be referred to Liberal Arts Undecided. You should be working close with your advisor to find a major you feel committed to and can be successful in. The process for declaring your major is outlined here.

CODO is the process by which students change majors, and is outlined here. Before deciding to change your major, you need to understand impact on your plan of study and expected graduation date, as well as your financial aid; particularly if changing your major will put you off-track to graduate in four years. Seek guidance from your advisor about plan of study options and CODO requirements, and seek advice from your Purdue Promise Coach about scholarship implications. If going through the CODO process will push back your expected graduation date, you should consider summer school as an option to catch up, and will need to fill out the summer aid application to get financial assistance.

30-60-90 Credit Completion Requirement for 21st Century Scholars

The State instituted a new policy beginning with your cohort that requires 21st Century Scholars to meet credit completion markers to remain eligible for their scholarship. Your credit completion requirements are:

  • 30 total credits completed by the end summer 2015
  • 60 total credits completed by the end of summer 2016
  • 90 total credits completed by the end of summer 2017

All AP credit, dual enrollment credit, and transfer credit accepted by Purdue and applied to your Purdue transcript counts toward this requirement. It is recommended that you take 15 credits per semester to meet or stay ahead of this requirement and graduate on time (in four years).

Resources regarding this requirement include:

Considering 3+1 and 3+2 Combined Undergraduate and Professional / Graduation Programs

Purdue Promise funding is restricted to undergraduate study, which means once you enroll as a graduate student or professional student you will no longer be eligible for Purdue Promise funding.

21st Century Scholar funding is restricted to undergraduate study or professional study in a situation in which a first Bachelor’s degree has not already been earned (example: Pharmacy School). Graduate students are only eligible to use 21st Century Scholars funding for professional medicine programs.

Emerging Urban Leaders funding is restricted to undergraduate study or professional study in a situation in which a first Bachelor’s degree has not already been earned (example: Pharmacy School). Once you are considered graduate student status you are no longer eligible for your award.

Some Purdue programs offer 3+1 or 3+2 options, which allow students to pursue a plan of study that combines undergraduate and graduate/professional degrees in 4 or 5 years. Before applying for these programs, you should consider implications on your financial aid based on the aforementioned eligibility information pertaining to graduate school and professional school. It will be important to know when your status will switch from undergraduate to graduate/professional. You can also find information on financial aid for graduate students by clicking here.

Summer Financial Aid

If you are planning to take summer classes to get ahead on your plan of student, make sure you meet your 30-60-90 credit completion requirement, retake classes, and/or boost your GPA, make sure that you fill out the summer aid application on myPurdue as soon as possible after it posts in late March. To view information on summer aid at the Purdue West Lafayette and regional campuses, click here. Some notes about summer classes include:

  • In most cases, make sure you apply as a “temporary transfer” rather than a “transfer.”
  • Watch the Purdue Promise announcements for days the regional campuses visit the Lafayette campus to register students.
  • Know that grades only transfer from Purdue regional campuses. If you attend class elsewhere in the summer, only the credit transfers. This can help with credit completion, but not your GPA.
  • Make sure you know the credit will transfer if you attend another campus! Click here for more information on transferring credit to Purdue.

First-Year Support Statement

These requirements only apply to students who entered Purdue Promise in 2014. Please download the appropriate agreement to see the full list of requirements based on your scholarship (including the specific GPA). This list is not exhaustive.


Purdue Promise Support Program

2014-2015 First-Year Support Statement

As a Purdue Promise Program Participant (regardless of scholarship status), I understand that I should:

  1. Strive for academic excellence. This includes attending all of my classes, studying regularly, and remaining in contact with Purdue Promise staff, academic advisors, TFCS College Mentors, and course instructors.
  2. Utilize Purdue Promise academic support resources (including tutoring and free printing) and/or seek referrals from my Coach to other academic ( and personal support resources.
  3. Seek leadership and professional development opportunities either within Student Success at Purdue or elsewhere within the University. I understand that leadership and personal development can be satisfied by a number of experiences. Such examples include undergraduate research, study abroad, internships, community service, employment, and student organization membership.
  4. Attend periodic open study and social hours hosted by Purdue Promise to meet new people and engage with program staff and student leaders.
  5. Work with the Student Employment Office to secure an on-campus job if I am offered Federal Work Study funds and I am seeking employment.
  6. Update Purdue Promise staff and myPurdue with any changes in my contact information.
  7. Discuss with a Purdue Promise staff member any concerns I may have regarding financial aid, employment, and/or personal life issues that may negatively affect my academic performance. Also address with my Purdue Promise Coach any of the topics noted on the “If you’re thinking about …” handout to be certain my scholarship(s) are not jeopardized.


For specific GPA requirements, please download the appropriate scholarship agreement below based on the scholarship award you receive:

Purdue Promise

Emerging Urban Leaders