Summer Start Costs and Aid

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to understand the costs and financial aid options for  — as well as the benefits of — Purdue Summer Start. One big advantage you have with being a Summer Start student is that you’ll already have credits under your belt before you even begin the fall semester of your freshman year!

There is no program fee for Summer Start. We simply charge the regular tuition & fees rates at our summer rates. Here are the estimated tuition and fee rates for the Summer Start Session:

Estimated Costs for Summer Start
(seven credit hours (or eight for engineers))
Indiana Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees $2,500 $7,200
Room/Board/Meals (13 meals per week)  $1,250 $1,250
Total $3,750 $8,450

Note: All University fees are subject to change without notice and some colleges at Purdue will add in differential fees to their rates.


We are excited to announce that each student who (limited to those completing Summer Start as a condition of their admission offer):

  • successfully completes Summer Start with a 3.0 or higher GPA and 
  • completes their success coach meetings (minimum of two meetings per term)

will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be applied towards their 2017/2018 academic year tuition, fees and/or other expenses!

The scholarship will be paid out as $500 at the beginning of the fall term, another $250 at the beginning of the spring term, and another $250, at the beginning of the following summer (or fall) term, assuming your GPA and coaching meeting requirments are still met in teach term.

If you are already receiving full tuition and fees from a state or other aid program, you will need to check with the Division of Financial Aid about how this will affect you. There are very few "full" scholarships where the $1,000 Summer Start money cannot still be paid out to you so please check with them.

Financial Aid

It’s important to keep in mind that you will need to complete separate FAFSA forms for summer and fall semesters. The FAFSA treats summer as an end-of-year term, so:

  • fill out the 2016-17 FAFSA application to get your grant/loan options for the Summer 2017 term (Summer Start)
  • fill out the 2017-18 FAFSA application to get your grant/loan options for the Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 terms 

Students who demonstrate need through annual FAFSA filing may qualify for a Federal Pell Grant and other sources of need-based aid for up to the equivalent of six years.  

The first round of fall financial aid award notifications will go out on February 10, 2017 and roll out from there each week and summer term aid awarding begins March 6, 2017 and will roll out each week as well, with Summer Start students taking priority status.

Note: If you are not required to come to Summer Start as a condition of your admission offer but are voluntarily joining us then you will need to also fill out the summer aid form to be considered for Summer 2017 aid. Students who are required to do Summer Start will be automatically considered for Summer 2017 after filling out the appropriate FAFSA.

Please contact the Division of Financial Aid if you have any questions about this process. We know it can be confusing!

Once you’re ready to pay tuition, please visit the Office of the Bursar webpage. Tuition is due July 9, 2017.

Admissions Checklist

"This is a great program for students to adapt to college life without the stress that the fall season brings.  We appreciated that there was no program cost - just the regular tuition/fees we'd normally pay for seven summer credits and a chance for them to get a $1,000 scholarship."

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