Accepting Aid

There are a few critical steps to ensure that your financial aid package is secure and ready before the beginning of the academic term. The following pages walk through how to accept your aid offer in detail.

Before you accept your aid: 

1. Review your award offer in myPurdue.  

2. Accept your award based on the type of aid you are receiving.  

After you review your award offer, all that’s left to do is to accept or reject your offers for the award year. Most grants and scholarships are automatically accepted on your behalf because they are types of free aid. However, you must accept or reject any loans that are offered to you. Students can accept the full or partial amount or decline the offers. The accepting aid process differs based on which type of aid you are being offered. 

Remember, aid will not be applied to your Purdue invoice until you have accepted it. During this process, you will also need to report any private scholarships you received.  

  • Accept your aid offer by logging into myPurdue.
  • Navigate to the Financial tab.
  • Click Award for Aid Year.
  • Click Accept Award Offer.
  • Then, follow the directions below based on the type of aid you received.

3. Finally, secure your aid package to receive your funding and confirm your enrollment.

Steps to accept different types of aid:

Federal Work-Study (FWS)

  • Accept your aid offer by logging into myPurdue. 
  • Find and secure a job with an eligible on-campus or off-campus employer. 
  • Notify your prospective employer(s) that you have FWS eligibility. Their designated business office personnel can verify your eligibility. 
  • Students will need authorized I-9 documentation to start working. 

Federal Subsidized/Unsubsidized Direct Loans

  • Accept your aid offer by logging into myPurdue. 
  • Make sure that you have completed a Master Promissory Note (MPN) as well as the Loan Entrance Counseling at studentaid.gov.
  • Sign in to the website with the student information and click Complete MPN or Complete Counseling.

Graduate & Parent PLUS Loans

Private Loans

  • Research private loan options and complete an application with your lender. 
  • Once credit is approved, contact your lender for the next steps. 
  • Your lender will contact the DFA for certification of your loan. 
  • Once this is certified, the loan will appear in your financial aid package on your myPurdue account.

Note that the private loan application process typically takes at least 30 days. Apply as early as you can so that funds arrive in time for the bill due date.

Private Scholarships

Report your private scholarship to the DFA on your myPurdue: 

  • Log in to your myPurdue account. 
  • Click the Financial tab.  
  • Click Award for Aid Year.  
  • Select the current aid year from the drop-down box. 
  • Select the Resources/Additional Information tab and report your private scholarships. 
  • Don’t forget to give your donor the Bursar address to send a paper check.