The Details

Cost of Purdue: Variables

Distance Learning Complaints

Employment: Job Postings

Loans: Consideration through FAFSA

Federal Work-Study: Advantages to Employers

Federal Work-Study: Employers/Payrolll Clerk Information

Federal Work-Study: Guidelines for Supervisors of Student Employees

Federal Work-Study: Student Info

Grants: Child of Veteran's and Officer's Fee Remissions (CVO or CDV)

Grants: Frank O'Bannon Higher Education Award (FOB HEA) Incentives

International Students: Financial Aid Citizenship Requirements

Other State Aid Programs

Secure Aid: How do I get a refund?

Secure Your Aid: Student Responsibilities to Keep Financial Aid

Scholarships: Renew a Purdue-Awarded Scholarship

Scholarships: Thanking your scholarship providers

Summer Aid: Purdue West Lafayette or College of Polytechnic Institute Statewide Communities

Summer Aid: Temporary Regional Campus Transfer

Transfer on Temporary Basis: Regional Campus Academic Year Financial Aid

Types of Aid: What can aid be used for? 

Cost of Purdue:  How cost of attendance is estimated

How Cost of Attendance is Estimated

The Division of Financial Aid calculates an estimated cost of attendance for student financial aid applicants based on federal student aid guidance. The Division of Financial Aid surveys a sample of students every 3 years to help estimate costs accurately. 

Cost of attendance estimates vary based on enrollment level each semester and a variety of other factors:

Tuition and Fees Estimate

Varies dependent on the following factors:

  • Whether the student is an Indiana resident or not
  • College/school of enrollment
  • Level of enrollment (full-time, half-time, or less than half-time enrollment)
  • Whether the student is enrolled in any higher-cost courses

Note that actual tuition and fee calculations and billings are done by the Bursar; more information about fee rates

Housing and Food Allowance

A standard allowance is provided if the student lives in Purdue residence halls, while students living off-campus are provided a lesser amount. If the student lives with parents and commutes, they will receive a smaller allowance; if a student is enrolled less than half time, no room and board allowance can be provided.

Books and Supplies Allowance

A standard allowance is generally provided based on survey data dependent on whether the student is enrolled full time (100% allowance), three-quarter time (75% allowance), half time (50% allowance), or less than half time (25% allowance).

Travel Allowance

Varies dependent on whether the student is from the Midwest or outside the Midwest; a larger allowance is provided to local students commuting from their parents’ home.

Miscellaneous Personal Expense Allowance

A standard allowance for the cost of clothing, laundry and recreation expenses is generally provided based on survey data; if a student is enrolled less than half time no personal expense allowance can be provided.

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Distance Learning Complaints

Purdue University is committed to providing distant students with an exceptional educational experience that is transparent, efficient, stimulating and fair.  If, as a prospective or current student, you feel that your experience with a distance learning course or program from Purdue has not lived up to those standards, you may register a complaint.

As a distant student you can also submit a complaint regarding a Purdue course in the state where you are residing as you take the course. 

For more information about distance learning complaint resolution and for a state-by-state list of the agencies in each state responsible for complaints regarding out-of-state distance education programs see www.distance.purdue.edu/complaint.asp

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Employment: Job Postings

Student Employment Services in the Division of Financial Aid provides listings of up-to-date employment opportunities available both on campus and off campus in the Greater Lafayette area as well as summer positions throughout the United States.

Student Employment Services provides a referral service only and makes no particular recommendations or guarantees regarding the employers that list positions. Our office is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions or any other aspects of working for the listed employers. Listed positions are posted with the best interest of Purdue students in mind, but students should follow due diligence and research all employers prior to accepting employment, especially in an off-campus setting.

Disclaimer:

Student Employment Services in the Division of Financial Aid provides a free job listing service available to both on and off-campus employers and to the students at Purdue University-West Lafayette. Our office strives to provide accurate information from legitimate employers, but because of the volume of job postings received by this office we do not screen each employer or person that lists jobs with us. Nor do we endorse the products or recommend the services of any employers listing jobs through our office. Student Employment Services is not responsible for the safety, wages, working conditions or other employment aspects of any jobs listed on our website. Students (or anyone choosing to apply to the listed positions) are urged to use common sense, caution and practice due diligence in researching employers before applying for any off-campus employment positions within a business, organization or private residence. 

All job listings are posted at the discretion of Student Employment Services. Our office will not post jobs that appear to discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, disabled or Vietnam Era veteran status, sexual orientation, disability or gender. All jobs are posted with the best interest of Purdue students in mind. Student Employment Services reserves the right to refuse to post any jobs that seem fraudulent or do not support the best interests of the Purdue campus community.

Student Employment Services staff are available for help in the student job search in Schleman Hall, Room 302. Students who feel that they have been unfairly treated by any employer listing jobs with Student Employment Services may either come to our office or call 765-494-5056 during regular office hours Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Eastern).

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Loans: Consideration through FAFSA

You must meet the March 1 priority date to be considered for the Perkins Loan; however, if you do complete the FAFSA after the priority deadline, you are still eligible for Stafford Loan consideration.

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Federal Work-Study: Advantages to Employers

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program allows Purdue departments and nonprofit employers to hire FWS-eligible students and pay only 30 percent of their wages. The other 70% of a student’s wage is provided through federal funding. Nonprofit employers who hire FWS students as reading tutors for elementary students and/or math tutors for elementary or middle school students may be eligible for 100% reimbursement of FWS student wages. Purdue University will monitor and maintain the individual student earnings and provide the primary payroll functions for FWS students.

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Federal Work-Study: Employers/Payroll Clerk Information

The Handbook of Student Employment (PDF) details the procedures a Federal Work-Study (FWS) employer must go through to hire FWS-eligible students. For each Federal Work-Study (FWS) student hired, a Federal Work Study Student Job Description Form must be turned in with the student's Payroll Authorization Form (PAF) before the PAF may be processed. In order to expedite the processing of this PAF, please be sure to turn in the Job Description Form with the PAF.

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Federal Work-Study: Guidelines for Supervisors of Student Employees

Student Employment Services in the Division of Financial Aid offers a variety of free services to bring eligible student employees together with on and off-campus employers. The Student Employee Supervisor Guidelines are intended to help supervisors of student employees understand Purdue University policies, departmental procedures, and to consider best practices related to the employment of student workers.

Our office hopes that all supervisors will find these guidelines informative and useful in answering their questions about employing student workers.

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Federal Work-Study: Student Info

To qualify for employment through the Federal Work-Study Program you must:

  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the federal processor by March 1.
  • Complete verification requirements.
  • Be offered Federal Work-Study eligibility by the Division of Financial Aid. Federal Work-Study is awarded based on demonstrated need from the FAFSA. This funding is available to students seeking their first bachelor’s degree.
  • Be enrolled in a degree-seeking program for at least 6 credit hours each semester during the academic year.

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program is designed so that the government and your qualified employer share in paying your wages. The money you earn comes directly to you in biweekly paychecks, and can be used for paying your living and other educationally related expenses. The FWS allotment is not paid in a lump sum or credited to the student’s bill. On the FAFSA you report the income that you made from your FWS job, just like you would any other job, but there is a second question that asks, “How much of the money you earned was from a federal need-based program?” When you report the amount again here, it is deducted from your wages.

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Grants: Child of Veteran’s and Officer’s Fee Remissions (CVO or CVD)

CVO/CDV Facts

The most common programs among the 13 that make up CVO are the Child of Deceased or Disabled Veteran and Child of Purple Heart recipients programs.  These two programs are also known as the Child of Disabled Veteran Fee Remission or “CDV”.  In the facts below, CVO is used to refer to rules that pertain to all 13 programs and CDV refers to rules specific to the children of disabled or deceased veteran’s and the children of Purple Heart recipient’s programs.

  • Eligible recipients are entitled to a total of 124 credit hours of CDV fee remission at state institutions for undergraduate or graduate study.  Follow the links from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) home page to set up your eStudent account and monitor your total hours of CDV usage.
  • All the credit hours taken during each term you attend and use CDV will be counted toward your aggregate CDV usage. This includes all W, F, I, P/NP, and S, but excludes departmental and advanced placement credits. Term credit hours of use are always rounded up to a whole number. For example, if your term credit hours total 6.5, then the total is rounded up to 7.
  • In order to maintain eligibility for this benefit you must be free of overpayment on student aid and default on Federal student loans.
  • If you plan to use CDV toward summer fees, you must complete the Purdue University Division of Financial Aid (DFA) Summer Aid Application, which is submitted online between mid-January and June on your myPurdue account. Recipients must also have the current academic year FAFSA on file. For example: summer 2017 requires the 2016-2017 FAFSA.
  • CVO will only be awarded if the error-free, appropriate-year FAFSA, all required verification documents and the original certified acceptance letter are received by the school a minimum of 30 days before the end of the term.  It is not retro-active to terms prior to receipt of all the above noted items.
  • The FAFSA must be filed annually in each academic year that you intend to use your CVO benefits.  The FAFSA can be filed online at: www.fafsa.gov.  As you complete the application, enter the school code for Purdue West Lafayette as your first college choice; 001825.  Students must list Indiana as their state of residence on the FAFSA and qualify to attend at the resident tuition rate in order to utilize CVO.
  • FAFSA data is subject to verification by the school, if requested.  If selected for verification, all requested documents must be submitted before CVO will be credited to your fees. 
  • CVO pays only undergraduate general service fees, the R&R fee, the Fitness and Wellness fee, the Student Activity fee, and the technology fees that are assessed to all students.  Additionally, graduate students fees may only be remitted up to the maximum amount approved for undergraduate use annually by CHE.  CVO will not pay fees for housing, food, books and supplies, travel, equipment, course related fees, differential fees, lab fees, parking fees, or miscellaneous expenses. CVO does not cover programs where the fees are sent to another entity outside of Purdue, such as sponsored or departmental study-abroad programs, and some graduate programs of study.  Your CVO award will be reduced or canceled if you receive other tuition-dedicated aid.  If you receive other tuition-dedicated aid that is not provided through the state of Indiana then your hours of CDV use will be pro-rated accordingly.
  • CVO usage may only be approved for study abroad programs of the “exchange” type.

To see if you may be eligible for this type of fee assistance, try using this flow chart.

More information on CVO/CVD.

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Grants: Frank O’Bannon Higher Education Award (FOB HEA) Credit Completion Requirements and Incentive Awards Program

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) offers three incentive awards that FOB HEA recipients may qualify to use.  Students that use their 1st state award during or after the 2013-14 academic year will be considered for the incentive awards.

All FOB HEA and Incentive Awards require that students:

• Annually demonstrate a high level of financial need as determined by FAFSA filing.

• File the FAFSA by March 10 of the 1st year in each academic year that the student will attend and clear all state “edits" by May 15 of that year.

• Meet all other eligibility criteria as determined by CHE.

Student Centric Year

You are allowed 12 months from the time that you use your initial FOB HEA to earn the credit hours necessary to be considered for the FOB HEA and the incentive awards in the subsequent year. This is how the “student centric year” is defined.

Student Centric Year Examples

  • Amy uses her first FOB HEA in fall 2016. She has the fall 2016, spring 2017 and summer 2017 terms to earn credit hours. 
  • Brandon uses his first FOB HEA in spring 2017. He has the spring 2017, summer 2017, and fall 2017 terms to earn credit hours.

Credit Completion Requirements and Effect on Award Amounts

The Credit Completion Rule is only applicable to students that use their 1st state award during or after the 2013-14 academic year.

  • If you have successfully completed a minimum of 24/48/72 credit hours by the end of your 1st/2nd/3rd student centric years respectively and meet all the other eligibility criteria, then you may be awarded the “Full-time FOB HEA.” 
  • However, if you successfully complete 30/60/90 or more credit hours by the end of your 1st/2nd/3rd student centric years and meet all other eligibility criteria, then you may be awarded the higher valued “On-Time FOB HEA.”   View the award table here: http://www.in.gov/che/files/Frank_OBannon_Grid.pdf.
  • Please note that students that were degree-seeking more than 4 years prior to the current award year are not eligible to receive the On-Time FOB HEA award. Visit the CHE website for a list of FOB HEA qualifications at www.in.gov/che/4506.htm.

Note:

  • If you do not attend either the fall or spring semesters, you are still required to meet the minimum number of credit hours within the 12-month period of your student centric year, if you use any state aid during the terms you are enrolled that year.  Students that use a portion of their FOB HEA in fall or spring may be able to utilize some of the remainder for summer attendance during the same academic year.
  • If you were not able to earn the minimum credit hours due to co-op or internship, or you have experienced extraordinary circumstances, then you may appeal for an exception to CHE. Read more about the appeal process at www.in.gov/che/4500.htm.

Credit Completion and Means Testing for 21st Century Scholars

In addition to meeting all other eligibility requirements, 21st Century Scholars (TfCS) are required to earn 30/60/90 or more credit hours by the end of their 1st/2nd/3rd student centric years respectively in order to continue utilizing the TfC Scholarship during each subsequent year of attendance.  Per state regulations, Scholars that signed up for the program after June 30, 2011 must demonstrate financial need during each year of college attendance in order to continue qualifying.  To pass the means test, the family’s annual Expected Family Contribution must be less than the Estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) at the Indiana public university with the highest COA.  Participants with an EFC in excess of this amount will be given the lesser of a 1-time-only scholarship not to exceed $2,500 or the remainder of tuition not covered by other tuition-dedicated aid.


The Incentive Awards for Eligible Frank O’Bannon Grant Recipients


The value of these awards will be set by CHE annually in February for the following academic year.  All FOB HEA awards may be utilized toward tuition only and may be reduced if you have other tuition-dedicated aid. 

The Incentive Awards for Eligible Frank O’Bannon Grant Recipients

The value of these awards will be set by CHE annually in February for the following academic year. All incentive awards may be utilized only toward tuition and could be reduced if you receive other tuition-dedicated aid.

The Honors and GPA Incentive Award Eligibility Criteria

  • College students that graduate from an accredited Indiana high school with the Academic Honors or Technical Honors Diploma and a 3.0 or greater cumulative GPA may earn the Honors Incentive Award during their 1st year of FOB HEA eligibility.
  • Second, third, and fourth-year college students that use their 1st state award during or after the 2013-14 academic year and earn a 3.0 or greater cumulative GPA at the end of their student centric year may qualify for the Honors Incentive Award.
  • The maximum value of this award is $800 per year.

The Associate’s Degree Incentive Eligibility Criteria

  • Students that earn an Associate’s degree will be awarded the Associate’s Degree Incentive to use while later pursuing their Bachelor’s degree, provided their primary degree objective was the Associate's degree when it was earned.
  • The maximum value of this award is $800 per year.

The Accelerated Incentive Eligibility Criteria

NOTE: This incentive is only available to students that use their first state award during or after the 2013-14 academic year. Students attending more than 3 years following their 1st date of enrollment as a degree-seeking college student are not eligible to receive this award.

  • If you have successfully completed 39 or more credit hours at the conclusion of your 1st student centric year or 78 or more at the end of your 2nd student centric year, then you may earn an Accelerated Incentive Award for use the following year.
  • The maximum value of this award is $1,300 per year.

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International Students: Financial Aid Citizenship Requirements

To be eligible for federal, state of Indiana, and Purdue need-based aid eligibility, a student must be a U.S. citizen or "eligible" noncitizen.

For a noncitizen to be eligible for financial aid consideration, the student must possess a valid Alien Registration Card I-551 or I-151, be classified as a conditional permanent resident with a valid I-151C Registration Card, or have a passport or I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) showing one of the following designations:

  • Refugee
  • Asylum granted
  • Indefinite parole and/or Humanitarian Parole
  • Cuban-Haitian Entrant

If you have any questions concerning your citizenship status, you should contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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Other State Aid Programs

A limited number of states have established reciprocity agreements with neighboring states to help families manage college costs. For more information on reciprocity agreements, contact your college(s) or state higher education agency. 

A list of state higher education agencies that provides information on the state's education programs, colleges, universities, financial aid assistance programs, grants, scholarships, continuing education programs, and career opportunities is maintained by the U.S. Department of Education is provided here.

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Secure Your Aid: How do I get a refund?

For those students with enough aid to pay for tuition, fees and campus housing — if you live on campus — the earliest you should expect a financial aid refund for the semester is a few days before classes begin. The timing of the excess aid disbursement also depends on several other factors:

Check Aid Status: Several factors prevent aid from crediting your bill, and can ultimately delay your refund. Look for the following on your account and take the required action to resolve the issue.

  • Holds for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) if the current semester’s status was a warning or probation, or other holds.
  • Your course enrollment could be less than the required number of credit hours for aid eligibility:
    • For undergraduates: full-time = 12+ credits; three-quarter-time = 9-11 credits; half-time = 6-8 credits; less than half-time = 1-5 hours.
    • For graduates: full-time = 8+ credits; half-time = 4-7 credits; less than half-time = 1-3 credits.
  • You could have outstanding requirements on loans or aid, such as promissory notes (Stafford LoansPurdue/Perkins Loansloan entrance counseling, or verification.

Pay Bill: Common options include student, parent or private loans. For balances that are not covered by financial aid (including loans), the Bursar’s Office also offers the Installment Plan through myPurdue, which breaks the remaining balance for the semester into monthly payments.

Confirm Enrollment: Make sure you’ve done this before the start of each semester through myPurdue. You’ll only be able to confirm enrollment if the semester bill is paid in full, or the first installment has been paid under the installment plan. View instructions for confirming enrollment.

Make Sure Your Private Funds Were Sent: Funds from private scholarships or other awards should be sent by the donor to the Bursar's Office. The funds are credited to the student's University account and disbursed in the same way as Purdue scholarships or grants. Private awards are not credited prior to receipt of funds from the donor.

When will my refund come?

The earliest a refund can be issued each semester is 10 days before classes begin. Note that this is the first date that financial aid is released, and additional time is generally required for processing. The default method for receiving a financial aid refund is a check sent to the student’s local address from the Bursar’s Office. Students can sign up for direct deposit through myPurdue to receive an expected refund sooner. Parents who are expecting excess funds from a Parent PLUS Loan are unable to receive the refund through direct deposit and will instead receive a check through the mail to the parent address supplied. 

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Secure Your Aid: Student Responsibilities to Keep Financial Aid

In order to use financial aid, you need to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and a minimum of half-time enrollment in addition to - wait for it - actually attending the courses you are registered for. Some financial aid awards have special requirements, such as Purdue's Presidential and Trustees scholarships, which have a minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 3.0. Please keep in mind that that Federal Work-Study awards will not credit to your Purdue invoice; they are earned through paychecks from a part-time Work-Study job.

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Scholarships: Renew a Purdue-Awarded Scholarship

To maintain merit award eligibility, please review the program specific information below.  Students that do not meet the renewal requirements due to extenuating circumstances have the option to submit an academic year appeal for committee review.  Additionally, students participating in co-op or internship programs that cause a different pattern of enrollment, may appeal to use a semester of award during the summer.  Summer appeals should only be used when a student will not be on campus a total of 8 fall and spring semesters.

Renew Trustees or Presidential for Fall 2014 and 2015 Cohort

Requirements:

  • Complete one full academic year in the program (major) to which you were originally admitted.
  • Participating in a Purdue approved co-op or internship will not count against semester usage, credit hour requirement, or credit completion.
  • Students are required to meet a certain level of credit completion.  Earned credit hours must total 30 credit hours at the end of the first year, 60 credit hours at the end of the second year, and 90 credit hours at the end of the third year.  Credit hours are accumulated through transfer credits, advanced credits, and current academic year courses.
  • Continuous full-time enrollment each semester (minimum of 12 or more credit hours), excluding summer.
  • Continue to pursue first undergraduate degree.
  • Up to four years (8 semesters) of eligibility.
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA. GPA is checked annually at the end of each spring semester.

The chart below provides an example of a merit scholarship that was not renewed for the 2016-17 academic year due to a less than 3.00 cumulative GPA at the end of the 2016 spring semester. Grades were checked again one year later at the end of the 2017 spring semester. Since the cumulative GPA was then a 3.00 or higher, the merit scholarship was reinstated for the following academic year. In this example it is assumed you have met all other renewal criteria.

Academic Year

Cumulative GPA end of spring term for prior academic year

GPA Renewal Criteria Met

Reason

Initial Award Year

N/A

N/A

Initial award year

First Year

3.10

Yes

Met 3.00 GPA requirement end of 2015 spring term

Second Year

2.80

No

3.00 GPA requirement not met end of 2016 spring term

Third Year

3.05

Yes

Met 3.00 GPA requirement end of 2017 spring term

Fourth Year

3.30

No

Four years of eligibility has expired


Renew Trustees or Presidential - Fall 2013 Cohort or earlier

  • Complete one full academic year in the program (major) to which you were originally admitted
  • Participating in a Purdue approved co-op or internship will not count against semester usage or credit hour requirement.
  • Continuous full time enrollment each semester (minimum of 12 or more credit hours), excluding summer
  • Continue to pursue first undergraduate degree
  • Up to four years (8 semesters) of eligibility
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA. GPA is checked annually at the end of each spring semester*

*The chart below provides an example of a merit scholarship that was not renewed for the 2015-16 academic year due to a less than 3.00 cumulative GPA at the end of the 2015 spring semester. Grades were checked again one year later at the end of the 2016 spring semester. Since the cumulative GPA was then a 3.00 or higher the merit scholarship was reinstated for the following academic year. In this example it is assumed you have met all other renewal criteria.

Academic Year Cumulative GPA end of spring term for prior academic year GPA Renewal Criteria Met Reason
2013-14 N/A N/A Initial award year
2014-15 3.10 Yes Met 3.00 GPA requirement end of 2014 spring term
2015-16 2.80 No 3.00 GPA requirement not met end of 2015 spring term
2016-17 3.05 Yes Met 3.00 GPA requirement end of 2016 spring term
2017-18 3.30 No Four years of eligibility has expired

Renew Emerging Leaders Scholarship

Requirements:

  • Continuous full-time enrollment each semester (minimum of 12 or more credit hours), excluding summer.
  • Participating in a Purdue approved co-op or internship will not count against semester usage or credit hour requirement.
  • Continue to pursue first undergraduate degree.
  • Up to four years (8 semesters) of eligibility.
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA. GPA is checked annually at the end of each spring semester.
  • If you do not meet the renewal criteria at the end of the spring semester, the scholarship may be renewed one of two ways:
    • The chart below provides an example of a merit scholarship that was not renewed for the 2016-17 academic year due to a less than 2.75 cumulative GPA at the end of the 2016 spring semester. Grades were checked again one year later at the end of the 2017 spring semester. Since the cumulative GPA was then a 2.75 or higher the merit scholarship was reinstated for the following academic year. In this example it is assumed you have met all other renewal criteria.
    • If enrolling for summer session, grades will be checked at the conclusion of the summer session. If the student has obtained a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 with summer grades included, the scholarship will be reinstated for the academic year. Grades for the student will then be checked again at the conclusion of the spring semester for renewal for the upcoming academic year.
    • If the student does not enroll during the summer session but brings up their cumulative GPA to 2.75 or higher at the conclusion of the fall term, the scholarship may be renewed for the spring term. Grades for the student will then be checked again at the conclusion of the spring semester for renewal for the upcoming academic year. The fall semester of forfeiture of the scholarship will count toward the overall eligibility opportunity of eight semesters.

Academic Year

Cumulative GPA end of spring term for prior academic year

GPA Renewal Criteria Met

Reason

2014-15

N/A

N/A

Initial award year

2015-16

3.10

Yes

Met 2.75 GPA requirement end of 2015 spring term

2016-17

2.50

No

2.75 GPA requirement not met end of 2016 term

2017-18

2.89

Yes

Met 2.75 GPA requirement end of 2017 spring term

2018-19

3.05

No

Four years of eligibility has expired

Renew Purdue Achievement Scholarship

Requirements effective as of the 2015-16 academic year:

  • Continuous full-time enrollment each semester (minimum of 12 or more credit hours), excluding summer.
  • Continue to pursue first undergraduate degree.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 college credit hours each academic year, including summer.
  • Up to four years (8 semesters) of eligibility.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress standards.

Renew Purdue Hispanic Scholarship

Requirements effective as of the 2015-16 academic year

  • Continuous full-time enrollment each semester (minimum of 12 or more credit hours), excluding summer.
  • Continue to pursue first undergraduate degree.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 college credit hours each academic year, including summer.
  • Up to four years (8 semesters) of eligibility.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress standards.

Renew Purdue Merit Scholarship

Requirements effective as of the 2015-16 academic year

  • Continuous full-time enrollment each semester (minimum of 12 or more credit hours), excluding summer.
  • Continue to pursue first undergraduate degree.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 college credit hours each academic year, including summer.
  • Up to four years (8 semesters) of eligibility.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress standards.

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Scholarships: Thanking your Scholarship Providers

A letter to your scholarship provider demonstrating your thanks not only shows your appreciation to the donor, but also the impact his/her donation is having here at Purdue University.  We urge all students to take their time and put effort into writing these thank you letters.

To ensure your letter is appropriate, please follow these steps:

  1. Please review your award information and make note of any scholarships that may be handled by your School (e.g. "James B. Hill Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering or "Vet Med Scholarship Fund").
  2. If your scholarship is handled by your school, then they will contact you in the Fall semester if they request a thank you note for a specific school scholarship.
  3. If one or more of your scholarships does not specify a school or unit, then please email your completed letter to stewardship@purdue.edu.
  4. For assistance in writing your letter, the prompts below provide suggestions which can guide you.  The ideas outlined are all great ways to connect with you donor and we encourage you to use them while writing your thank you letter.  Never mention the amount of the scholarship in the thank you letter.

Scholarship Thank You Prompts:

Body of Note:

Paragraph

Introduce yourself as their scholarship recipient:

  • Your name
  • Your area of study
  • Your expected graduation date

State that your purpose for writing is to express your sincere gratitude for the support.

Paragraph(s)

Elaborate on your thanks, and discuss your involvement/leadership on campus:

  • This scholarship is important to me/means the world to me because…
  • The funding allows me to participate in/be involved with…
    • Talk about your extracurricular involvement and your leadership activities both on and off-campus
  • The funding allows me to work on….
    • Talk about your studies, projects, and/or professors
  • The funding allows me to get the most out of my time at Purdue without being bound by financial concerns?
  • Any and all of the above!

Paragraph

Talk about your future plans

  • At Purdue
  • Beyond Graduation

Paragraph

IF you’ve met them before, ask about them

  • What are they doing?
  • How is their family?
  • Any upcoming travel?
  • Etc.

Closing:

Reiterate your thanks, and sign off

  • Sincerely
  • With thanks
  • All best
  • Kindest regards
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Summer Aid: Purdue West Lafayette or Polytechnic Institute Statewide Communities

All students interested in receiving summer financial aid need to complete the Summer Aid Application. The Summer Aid Application will be available on your myPurdue account under the Financial Tab beginning February 1. Once the application is available, log into your myPurdue account to complete and submit your Summer Aid Application with your intended 2016 summer enrollment.

Once your application has been successfully submitted, it could take two to three weeks to receive a Financial Aid award. Please monitor myPurdue for updates. Initial summer financial aid notifications will begin approximately April 4th.

All students requesting summer financial aid, except Athletes receiving Athletic Scholarship, should complete the summer aid application on their myPurdue account. Athletes on Athletic Scholarship should talk with their Athletic Department about summer aid availability.

Requirements

All students must have the following documents on file before summer aid can be processed:

  • A 2015-16 FAFSA unless only private loan will be used. The federal processor must receive your 2015-16 FAFSA no later than June 30, 2016.
  • Any documents required to complete your 2015-16 FAFSA file. The Division of Financial aid will notify you of any necessary documents, such as a student or parent tax return transcript. Do NOT submit information unless requested to do so by our office.
  • The 2016 Summer Aid Application (available February 1 on myPurdue)

To calculate your anticipated summer aid, please review the following available funding for undergraduate students enrolled:

1-5 credit hours:

Pell Grant Eligibility:
Students who received a Pell Grant and were enrolled less than 12 hours during the fall or spring semester may be eligible to receive Pell Grant during the summer.

Example: A student who attended full-time in the fall and half-time in the spring, would still have a half-time Pell award remaining for the summer 2016 session.

Institutional Gift Aid:
Some limited institutional gift aid is available to students during summer enrollment. This funding is dependent on availability and is subject to change.

Students with an academic year estimated family contribution of 5,000 or less could potentially receive up to $1,000 in grant or scholarship funding. Students with an academic year estimated family contribution between 5,001 - 10,000 could potentially receive up to $500 in grant or scholarship funding.

Other Important Information

  • Private loans may be available to students enrolled less than half-time.
  • You must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
  • Financial aid is based on the number of credit hours in which a student is enrolled AND has initiated course participation as of the end of the second week of classes of module 2. Check out more information about initial course participation

 6 or more credit hours:

Pell Grant Eligibility:
Students who received a Pell Grant and were enrolled less than 12 hours during the fall or spring semester may be eligible to receive Pell Grant during the summer.

Example: A student who attended full-time in the fall and half-time in the spring, would still have a half-time Pell award remaining for the summer 2016 session.

Institutional Gift Aid:
Some limited institutional gift aid is available to students during summer enrollment. This funding is dependent on availability and is subject to change.

Students with an academic year estimated family contribution of 5,000 or less could potentially receive up to $3,000 in grant or scholarship funding. Students with an academic year estimated family contribution between 5,001 - 10,000 could potentially receive up to $2,500 in grant or scholarship funding. Students with an academic year estimated family contribution between 10,001 - 15,000 could potentially receive up to $2,000 in grant of scholarship funding.

Summer Work Study:
Students who were awarded work study during the academic year and would like to receive work study during the summer 2016 session will need to request this on their summer aid application. A student could potentially receive up to a $1,000 work study award. Work study will be awarded as long as funding is available.

Purdue Loan:
Students who have an academic year estimated family contribution of 10,000 or less could receive up to $3,000 for Resident students or $5,000 for Non-resident students in a Purdue or Perkins Loan for the summer term.

Stafford Loan Eligibility:
Stafford loan eligibility is contingent upon your summer grade level and your academic year borrowing.

Example: As a sophomore the annual maximum is $6,500. If you only borrowed $5,000 during the academic year you could be eligible to borrow up to $1,500 for summer.

If you have not borrowed your annual maximum amount, you may calculate your remaining eligibility based on grade level and academic year borrowing.

PLUS Loan:
PLUS Loans can be taken out to cover the cost of education minus other types of financial aid. However, these loans require a credit check and not all that apply are approved to borrow. If you received a PLUS Loan during the academic year, you are still required to complete another application for the summer term.

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Summer Aid: Temporary Regional Campus Transfer

Students seeking a degree at Purdue West Lafayette who plan to enroll at a regional Purdue campus on a temporary basis for the summer term may be eligible to receive summer financial aid through Purdue University.

All fee dedicated aid, such as CVO fee remissions and staff dependent fee remissions, will be processed by the Regional Campus you will be attending. If a separate application and/or documentation is required, it must be submitted to the Regional Campus.

Requirements

Students attending a Regional Campus are ONLY eligible for federal funding.

  • Pell Grant, if any eligibility remains from the academic year (only occurs if not enrolled full-time both fall and spring).
  • Any Stafford Loan eligibility not borrowed during the academic year
  • Parent PLUS Loan pending credit approval

At least half-time enrollment is required for the use of Stafford and PLUS Loans.

  • For undergraduates, 6 credit hours is half-time, and 12 or more credit hours is full-time.
  • For graduate and professional students, 3 credit hours is half-time, and 6 or more hours during summer only is full-time.

All students must have the following documents on file before summer aid can be processed:

  • A 2015-16 FAFSA unless only private loan will be used. The federal processor must receive your 2015-16 FAFSA no later than June 30, 2016.
  • Any documents required to complete your 2015-16 FAFSA file. The Division of Financial aid will notify you of any necessary documents, such as a student or parent tax return transcript. Do NOT submit information unless requested to do so by our office.
  • A 2016 Regional Campus Summer Aid Application completed and signed (see link below)
  • Ensure you have completed the correct Intercampus TEMPORARY Transfer Admissions application at the Regional Campus you plan to attend for the summer 2016 session.

Other Important Information

  • You must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
  • Financial aid is based on the number of credit hours in which a student is enrolled AND has initiated course participation as of the end of the second week of classes of module 2. Check out more information about initial course participation.
  • The process to receive financial aid as a temporary transfer can take 4 to 6 weeks once the application is submitted. Financial aid will be disbursed to the student, and the student is responsible for paying the host institution (Regional Campus) with the financial aid refund they receive.

**At any time a student changes enrollment while attending a Regional Campus for summer 2016 and is receiving aid for that attendance through Purdue West Lafayette Campus, the student is responsible to notify both Financial Aid offices of that enrollment change.**

Download and complete the Regional Campus Summer Aid Application (PDF). Return the completed and signed application to the Division of Financial Aid at Purdue West Lafayette. Processing will take approximately 4-6 weeks from the time our office receives the application.

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Transfer on Temporary Basis: Regional Campus Academic Year Financial Aid

Students seeking a degree at Purdue West Lafayette who plan to enroll at a regional Purdue campus on a temporary basis for a semester during the 2016-17 academic year may be eligible to receive financial aid through Purdue University.

Required Enrollment

  • At least half-time enrollment is required for most types of aid (other than Pell Grant and Child of Disabled Veteran Fee Remission), including Stafford/PLUS loans.
  • For undergraduates, full-time enrollment is 12 credit hours or more; half-time enrollment for 6 credits hours.
  • For graduate students, full-time enrollment is 8 credit hours or more; 4 credit hours for half time.
  • Private loans may be available to students enrolled less than half time.

Required Documents

All students must have the following documents on file before financial aid can be processed:

  • A 2016-17 FAFSA unless only a private loan will be used. The federal processor must receive your 2016-17 FAFSA no later than June 30, 2017.
  • Any documents required to complete your 2016-17 FAFSA file. The Division of Financial aid will notify you of any necessary documents, such as a student tax return or parent tax return. Do NOT submit information unless requested to do so by our office.
  • A 2016-17 Regional Campus Academic Year Aid Application completed and signed by the student and academic adviser.
  • Ensure you have completed the CORRECT Temporary Intercampus Transfer Admissions application at the Regional Campus you plan to attend for the 2016-17 academic year.

***Other Important Information*** 

You must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.

The regional campus you plan on attending will process all fee-dedicated aid, such as Child of Veteran Officer fee remissions or staff dependent fee remissions. If a separate application and/or documentation is required, it must be submitted to the regional campus.

Financial aid is based on the number of credit hours in which a student is enrolled AND has initiated course participation as of the end of the second week of classes. View details on these requirements. 

The process to receive financial aid as a temporary transfer can take 4 to 6 weeks once the application is submitted. Financial aid will be disbursed to the student, and the student is responsible for paying the host institution (regional campus) with the financial aid refund they receive.

If at any time a student changes enrollment while attending a Regional Campus during any part of the 2016-17 academic year and is receiving aid for that attendance through Purdue West Lafayette campus, the student is responsible to notify both Financial Aid offices of that enrollment change.

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Types of Aid: What can aid be used for?

You will be offered financial aid up to your Estimated Cost of Attendance. The Estimated Cost of Attendance provides allowances for the direct educational expenses (tuition, fees and on-campus housing) and indirect educational expenses (books, supplies, travel and off-campus housing).

If you take advantage of all aid offered, including loans, you may have some aid in excess of what is owed to the University to help provide money for off-campus housing, books, supplies or other indirect educational expenses. If the amount of the total aid accepted does not cover the tuition and fees due, you are responsible for paying the balance due (shown on the electronic fee invoice) by the first day of class. 

Keep in mind that you may not need to accept all aid offered (especially loans) to cover your expenses. Be sure to make an informed decision before you choose to borrow.

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