Boiler Gold Grant

While Purdue’s tuition freeze has helped keep education costs down, many students still need ways to keep the cost of college within reach – enter the Boiler Gold Grant.

Purdue remains committed to the persistent pursuit of providing Indiana students an affordable, high-quality education. We know that going to college is a big decision and investment for many students and families. So, in addition to freezing tuition for more than a decade, Purdue is happy to introduce the Boiler Gold Grant. The Boiler Gold Grant is available to Indiana students who meet the eligibility requirements listed below. The best part? The Boiler Gold Grant covers tuition, fees and books.   

How does it work?

We subtract the total amount of any gift aid (e.g., Pell Grants, scholarships, or awards) from the total cost of tuition, fees, and estimated book costs. Any remaining balance is covered by the Boiler Gold Grant for up to 8 semesters (that’s all four years!). Individual course fees associated with specific majors (e.g., labs, music, or aviation), as well as housing and dining costs, would not be covered by this grant.

Who is eligible?

Undergraduate Indiana residents at the West Lafayette campus, and incoming resident freshmen students at Purdue Indianapolis, that are enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more) and are pursuing their first bachelor’s degree are eligible. Qualifying students must either be Federal Pell Grant eligible or have a family-adjusted gross income (AGI) of $80,000 or less on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students filing independently will be considered based on their Federal Pell Grant eligibility and AGI.


First things first – you need to apply to Purdue. The Early Action Application deadline is Nov. 1, but it’s important to apply no later than the Regular Decision Application deadline of Jan. 15.

Apply to Purdue


Be sure to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. A completed FAFSA by April 15 is required to be considered. Students who submit the FAFSA and meet the requirements will automatically qualify.

Submit the FAFSA

Frequently Asked Questions

Adjusted gross income, or AGI, is defined as gross income minus any adjustments to income. This information can typically be found on your 1040, 1040-SR, and 1040NR. 

How are tuition and fees calculated?

While students looking to be considered for Boiler Gold Grant must be enrolled at least full-time (12 credit hours), Purdue University bills at a flat rate for all undergraduate resident students enrolled in 8+ hours each semester. Some programs have additional fees. For a full breakdown of tuition and fee costs, visit our costs page

If I receive the Boiler Gold Grant, will I get it all four years? 

You will receive the Boiler Gold Grant for all four years if you submit the FAFSA each year. There are also certain requirements students must meet to maintain and renew their financial aid each year, which are monitored by the Division of Financial Aid.

Is Boiler Gold Grant a scholarship? 

No, the Boiler Gold Grant is a grant, another type of gift aid that does not need to be paid back. The Boiler Gold Grant is a grant specifically designed for Indiana students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

What happens if my Family income changes, and I now qualify? 

We understand that family situations can change, including loss of income. If you have questions about a change in your income, please connect directly with the Division of Financial Aid.