Boiler Affordability Grant

While Purdue’s tuition freeze has helped keep education costs down, many families still need ways to keep the cost of college within reach. When combined with other need-based aid, this grant will fully cover the cost of tuition, fees and books for Indiana families who are Federal Pell Grant eligible or have a Federal Adjusted Gross Income of $70,000 or less.

Boiler Affordability Grant at Work

Who is it for?

The Boiler Affordability Grant is for Undergraduate, Indiana residents at the Purdue West Lafayette campus that are enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours or more) and pursuing their first bachelor’s degree. Students must either be Federal Pell Grant eligible or show a parent Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $70,000 or less on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Independent students’ eligibility will be based on their Federal Pell Grant eligibility and AGI (and spouse, if applicable).  All students must complete the FAFSA no later than the April 15 Priority Filing Deadline. 

What does it cover?

The Boiler Affordability Grant is available for up to 8 semesters and will cover the cost of tuition, fees and estimated book expenses or the amount of financial need; whichever is less.  While differential fees are included, individual course fees associated with courses such as labs, music and aviation would not be covered in this program. 

How are tuition and fees calculated?

Purdue University bills at a flat rate for all undergraduate resident students enrolled in 8+ hours each semester. The flat rate is $4,996 per semester or $9,992 per year. Some programs have additional fees; those differential fees are included in the Boiler Affordability Grant. See the full tuition costs with additional fees on our costs page.

How does it work?

Purdue will cover the amount of tuition, fees*, and estimated books that remain after accounting for other need-based aid such as Federal Pell and State grants.  The amount of the Boiler Affordability Grant will not exceed the calculated financial need.  Additional resources apply towards unmet financial need, which in rare situations may result in a reduction of the Boiler Affordability Grant.  

*Boiler Affordability Grant does not cover the following fees: lab, music, flight and other course-related specific fees.

What about current students?

Current students with Federal Pell Grants or parent AGI of $70,000 or less will receive aid under the new Boiler Affordability Grant policy. Students with a parent AGI above $70,000 will be awarded under the old policy based on EFC bands. 

Why are you making this change?

We believe that using the AGI (adjusted gross income) will make our awarding processes clearer for parents and students and allow families that fall in this income range to know BEFORE they file the FAFSA that a Purdue education can be affordable. 

Information on this page is provided as a reference tool.  Financial Aid Notices will be sent out electronically to incoming students in mid-February and to returning students after mid-June.  Factors such as verification and late filing may impact a student’s eligibility for any of the programs, grants and scholarships listed in the examples provided.  If you have questions, contact us over the phone or in person.  

*The Boiler Affordability Grant program does not replace the Purdue Promise program. If you would like to know more about Purdue Promise, contact them for program and contact information.