Congratulations on receiving your Purdue Promise scholarship and support program offer letter! We hope you will choose to join the Purdue Promise family.

In your scholarship offer letter, you received a checklist of everything you need to do to stay eligible for your Purdue Promise Award, as well as information on confirming your award. Below is additional information about items that should be taken care of before STAR. You can also download copies of these checklists below.

You will officially accept your scholarship when you meet with the Purdue Promise staff during your STAR day and complete required paperwork.

STOP: Have you activated your student career account?

Before you can move through the following checklist you must have activated your online career account so that you can gain access to myPurdue. If you have not done so, click here for instructions.

✓ Accept your offer of Admission to Purdue, West Lafayette.

Do this by clicking on “Accept Your Offer” in myPurdue. Click here for instructions.

The deadline is May 1, 2017, and you must plan to enroll in the Fall 2017 semester. You cannot defer admission to Spring 2018 and be eligible for Purdue Promise.

✓ Register for and attend STAR. Sign your participation agreement.

Register by clicking on the “Select Your STAR Session” link on your myPurdue New Student tab. Instructions on how to register can be found here.

This is a mandatory advising and registration day, held June 19 - July 14, 2017. When you attend STAR, make sure to meet with Purdue Promise staff in the 4th floor of Krach, between 10:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. to sign your participation agreement.

✓ Register for Boiler Gold Rush (BGR).

All new students are expected to participate in a Purdue new student orientation experience. BGR is an orientation program that takes place August 15-19, 2017 with move-in occurring on August 14-15. It is required for Purdue Promise scholars unless you qualify for an exemption (see below). Register for BGR on your myPurdue New Student tab after you accept your offer of admission. Do not pay the registration fee up front. Purdue Promise will cover the cost after you sign your contract at STAR.

Purdue Promise scholars planning to participate in orientation programs run by Purdue Bands, Purdue Athletics, and Purdue Musical Organizations may receive exemptions for this requirement. Please contact Michelle Ashcraft at to request an exemption before registering for another orientation experience.

✓ Optional: Apply for a Learning Community.

Many first-year students participate in learning communities, which give you the option to live with other students in your major and/or take connected courses with the same students in your major. View profiles of learning community options for your major here. If interested, apply here.

✓ Sign a housing contract (if you plan to live on campus for 2017-18).

After accepting your offer of admission, allow up to two business days to gain access to the housing contract site. As you are selecting your housing and meal plan, be sure to verify that your selections are less than or equal to Purdue’s stand cost of attendance for room and board (noted on your Financial tab in myPurdue). When selecting your room type, know that Purdue Promise covers a standard double room with air conditioning, and we will work with University Residences to prevent you from being placed in other rooms that will cause you to incur out-of-pocket costs. The deadline to sign a housing contract and be guaranteed housing in University Residences for the 2017-18 academic year is May 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

✓ Complete any FAFSA / financial aid edits with the State Division of Student Financial Aid (SFA) if requested.

SFA may direct you to correct edits with FAFSA as well. Please read their directions carefully. Continue to check the e-mail you listed on the FAFSA, your ScholarTrack account, and your myPurdue Financial tab for updates and confirmation that you have accurately completed all edits. Make sure Purdue is listed as your first choice school in ScholarTrack.

✓ Complete requests for information from Purdue’s Division of Financial Aid (DFA).

DFA may request additional verification information. It is important that you provide the requested documentation. Visit Step 2 of this site for more information.

✓ Complete the ALEKS Math Placement Exam.

This math placement exam MUST be completed at least one week before you attend STAR and can be accessed through your New Student tab in myPurdue beginning June 1, 2017. More information on ALEKS can be found here.

✓ Provide any final grades and transcripts to Purdue.

Purdue Admissions requires final grades from any coursework completed prior to enrollment, and it is your responsibility to ensure they receive official documentation (including final transcripts).

Your Purdue Promise award is also contingent on being a confirmed 21st Century Scholar. This requires you earning at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. Be sure to work with your school counselor to make sure your GPA is reported to the state or contact the 21st Century Scholars program directly at 1-888-528-4719 or

Check Your E-mail

Also, make sure you are checking your Purdue email account on a regular basis. All official Purdue communication, including Purdue Promise, will be sent to your Purdue email address.


If you have more questions about the Purdue Promise support program, take a look at our "New Student" page for more information. Contact information for our staff is listed here.