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Cost Calculations for Expenses and Lost Revenue Related to High Risk Drinking

Working with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Student Wellness Office, Risk Management, the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities, University Police Department, the University Fire Department and Housing, the Student Learning Outcomes Analyst developed a cost calculator for estimating expenses and lost revenue related to high-risk drinking on Purdue’s campus.   The cost to Purdue is over $21 million for 2011-12, a staggering number by any comparison.  Furthermore, this figure in no way counts the cost of lost lives, personal illness, injuries, or lost educational or occupational opportunities.

Total estimated Tuition and Fees revenue lost over 4 years $14,987,659.79*
Total estimated Room and Board revenue lost over 4 years $ 6,346,442..85*
Counseling, Property Damage, Judicial Affairs, Public Safety, Transport Costs $49,774.49*
TOTAL $21,383,877.13



This report has been shared with the Purdue Alcohol Summit.

Full Report for Academic Year 2011-12 (198KB Excel workbook)

*Included in these figures are extrapolated revenues over 4 years, assuming that students discontinuing their Purdue education would have persisted enrollment and lived in a residence hall during the time.