Congratulations on receiving the Purdue Promise Award! Because of the uniqueness of the Purdue Promise scholarship, there are steps you will need to complete to confirm your award. Please review the Purdue Promise Financial Aid and Scholarship Information letter for important details on the scholarship and next steps. 

To Have Been Completed Prior to Receiving the Award

Prior to being awarded the Purdue Promise scholarship, you should have completed the following.

Filed the FAFSA by March 1, 2017.

March 1, 2017 was Purdue Promise’s deadline to complete the FAFSA to receive priority consideration for institutional aid. The state deadline to be eligible for State aid (including 21st Century Scholars) was April 15, 2017. The FAFSA can be filed online by clicking here. If you have not filed a FAFSA and wish to still be considered for 21st Century Scholars and/or Purdue Promise eligibility, you should review information on filing a State aid appeal for late FAFSA filing by clicking here.

Finalize Your Purdue Promise Award

To finalize your Purdue Promise award, the following must be completed.

Complete FAFSA edits, as necessary, ASAP.

You will receive notification of needed FAFSA corrections via the e-mail address you listed on the FAFSA, so be sure that you listed a current address and that you monitor e-mail closely. FAFSA corrections can be made by logging in here. Note that there are few reasons why the State will consider an appeal for late filing of FAFSA corrections, as outlined here.

Complete verification, as needed, by the deadline designated by Purdue Financial Aid.

Purdue’s Division of Financial Aid is required to annually verify a percentage of submitted FAFSAs against tax information to comply with federal regulations. If selected for this process a red flag will appear on your Financial tab in myPurdue, along with a hyperlink you can click on for more information on what is needed for verification and how to submit. Monitor your Purdue e-mail and myPurdue account closely to comply within a timely manner so as not to delay your financial aid award and/or disbursement. More information on verification can be found by clicking here.

Accept admission to Purdue’s West Lafayette campus via myPurdue by May 1, 2017.

You must accept your offer of admission by May 1, 2017, or within 21 days if you are admitted after April 10, 2017. Instructions on how to activate your career account and accept your offer on myPurdue can be found by clicking here. Note that a $200 non-refundable deposit is required for new students to accept admission at Purdue. This deposit should be waived if you indicated that you were a 21st Century Scholar on your admissions application. If you did not do this, contact Admissions prior to accepting to have your 21st Century Scholar status verified and your deposit waived.

Visit Purdue Promise on the 4th floor of Krach during STAR to sign your program participation agreement.

All new Purdue Promise scholars must sign an agreement during STAR indicating their agreement to participate in our support program in exchange for the Purdue Promise financial award. Purdue Promise staff will be located on the 4th floor of Krach each STAR day to meet with you, review scholarship requirements and Purdue Promise support, and help you sign your contract. When you arrive at STAR inform your STAR Ambassador that you are Purdue Promise and they will escort you to Krach between 10:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. to sign your contract with us.

Click here to view the Purdue map to find where Krach (KRCH) is located.

Enroll as a full-time student.

During STAR you will register for classes for your first semester. To be eligible for 21st Century Scholars and Purdue Promise awards you must register as a full-time student, at least 12 credit hours. Please note that all 21st Century Scholars must meet the 30-60-90 credit completion requirement to maintain eligibility, so you should plan to register for 15 credits minimum each semester.

Maintain Indiana residency.

In order to receive State financial aid, including the 21st Century Scholars award which makes you eligible for Purdue Promise, you maintain Indiana residency. To be eligible for the award for the 2017-18 academic year, residency must be maintained from December 31, 2016 through the end of the 2017-18 academic year. More information can be found by clicking here, and information on residency appeals can be found here.

Next Steps

Purdue Admissions provides a comprehensive list of next steps for students who accept admission for the fall semester. Click here for more information.

  • Register for STAR via myPurdue. View the pre-STAR checklist in the left-hand menu.
  • Register for Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) via myPurdue. Purdue Promise will cover the $320 fee. View the pre-BGR checklist in the left-hand menu.
  • Sign a housing contract by May 5, 2017 if planning to live on campus.*

*Make smart choices. View your room and board allotment based on your Cost of Attendance (see Budget on your Financial tab in myPurdue). Choose a combined housing and meal plan option that costs equal to or less than the designated amount for room and board in your 2017-18 aid package. Choosing more expensive options may require out-of-pocket expenses. According to University Residences, 21st Century Scholars and Purdue Promise students are eligible for a standard double room with air conditioning.