The Details

Cost of Purdue: Variables

Distance Learning Complaints

Federal Work-Study: Student Info


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

4H: Renew State 4-H Club Fee Remission

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

Summer Aid: Temporary Regional Campus Transfer

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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Federal Work-Study: Student Info

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

  • Annually file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the federal processor by March 1.
  • Complete verification requirements.
  • Be offered a Federal Work-Study award 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 day-to-day educational 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 FWS earnings are removed from your FAFSA calculation for the next 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" non-citizen.

For a non-citizen 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 10 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 (Direct LoansPurdue 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 have done this before the start of each semester through myPurdue. You will 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 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

Click on the links below to review the renewal requirements for your merit scholarship program.

Trustees or Presidential Scholarships

Emerging Leaders Scholarship

Marquis Scholarship

Purdue National Hispanic Scholarship

National Recognition Scholarship

Purdue National Merit Scholarship

Purdue Bound Scholarship

Scholarship Appeals

Renew Trustees or Presidential

Requirements:

  • Continuous full-time enrollment each semester (minimum of 12 or more credit hours), excluding summer.
  • Remain in the disciplinary college or school to which you were originally admitted until the end of the third week of the fall semester.
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA. GPA is checked annually at the end of each spring semester.  If your GPA is below a 3.0 at the end of the spring term and you enroll in summer courses to increase your GPA, it will be checked again at the end of the summer term.

You will have up to four years (8 semesters) of eligibility while pursuing your first undergraduate degree. Participating in a Purdue approved co-op or internship will not count against semester usage or credit hour requirements. Students in co-op or internship will not receive the scholarship while away.

Please note that if residency status changes, scholarship amounts will be adjusted accordingly to reflect that change.


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Renew Emerging Leaders Scholarship

Requirements for Fall 2019 and earlier cohorts:

  • Continuous full-time enrollment each semester (minimum of 12 or more credit hours), excluding summer.
  • Continue to pursue first undergraduate degree.
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA. GPA is checked annually at the end of each spring semester. If your GPA is below a 2.75 at the end of the spring term and you enroll in summer courses to increase your GPA, it will be checked again at the end of the summer term.

Requirements for Fall 2020 and later cohorts:

  • Continuous full-time enrollment each semester (minimum of 12 or more credit hours), excluding summer.
  • Continue to pursue first undergraduate degree.
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA. GPA is checked annually at the end of each spring semester. If your GPA is below a 3.00 at the end of the spring term and you enroll in summer courses to increase your GPA, it will be checked again at the end of the summer term.

You will have up to four years (8 semesters) of eligibility while pursuing your first undergraduate degree. Participating in a Purdue approved co-op or internship will not count against semester usage or credit hour requirements. Students in co-op or internship will not receive the scholarship while away.

Please note that if residency status changes, scholarship amounts will be adjusted accordingly to reflect that change. 

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Renew Marquis Scholarship

  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.65 or higher.
  • File the FAFSA by March 1 each year.
  • Have a reported parent Adjusted Gross Income less than or equal to $125,000 on the FAFSA and demonstrate financial need.
  • Maximum of 8 semesters of eligibility. If a student does not utilize eligibility in a fall or spring semester due to Co-Op/internship enrollment, then they can ask to utilize the Marquis Scholarship in a summer semester. To receive consideration for summer utilization, email facontact@purdue.edu and detail prior Co-Op/internship enrollment. Students will be eligible for up to $2,000 if they are enrolled in 6 or more credit hours and demonstrate financial need.

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Renew Purdue National Hispanic Scholarship

Requirements effective as of the 2018-19 academic year for fall 2020 and earlier cohorts:

  • 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.
  • Maintain good academic standing.

Renew National Recognition Programs Scholarship

Requirements for fall 2021 and later cohort

  • 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.
  • Maintain good academic standing.

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Renew National Merit Purdue Sponsored Scholarship

Requirements effective as of the 2018-19 academic year:

  • 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.
  • Maintain good academic standing.

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Renew Purdue Bound Scholarship

  • File the FAFSA by March 1st each year.
  • Submit all required verification documents as requested by the Division of Financial Aid.
  • Remain enrolled in an eligible major as determined by the Purdue Bound Office.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.6 or above.
  • Have not exceeded 8 semesters of eligibility.
  • Remain enrolled full-time (12+ credit hours per semester).

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 Scholarship Appeals

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.  If the summer merit appeal is approved, the scholarship will be pro-rated to reflect the summer cost of attendance. 


 


Renew State 4-H Club Fee Remission

  • File the FAFSA by March 1st each year, and demonstrate financial need as indicated by the FAFSA.
  • Have submitted all required verification documents as requested by the Division of Financial Aid.
  • Remain enrolled in an eligible major.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.
  • Have not exceeded 8 semesters of eligibility.
  • Remain enrolled full-time (12+ credit hours per semester).

 


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 in January.

Initial summer financial aid notifications will begin approximately the first week of April.  If an application is submitted after this time, it will take 1-2 weeks to receive a Financial Aid award notification from that submission date.  All updates are available and viewable on myPurdue.

Visit the Think Summer website for more information on PWL course offerings, Summer Scholarships, and other opportunities offered in Summer!

Requirements

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

  • A 2021-22 FAFSA unless only private loan will be utilized.
  • Complete any requests for additional information for the 2021-22 FAFSA file. The Division of Financial Aid will notify students of any requests, such as a student or parent tax return transcript. DO NOT submit information unless requested to do so by our office.
  • The 2021 Summer Aid Application (available beginning in January)
    • If a student is only utilizing Private Student Loans for the Summer term, the Summer Aid Application is still required to complete processing of these funds.

Important Information

For financial aid purposes, the Summer term is defined as a leading or “header” term to the Aid Year. A student’s financial aid eligibility for the Aid Year and Summer can change based on enrollment fluctuations in either Summer, Fall, or Spring. It is important to confirm with DFA how any changes to Summer or Academic Year enrollment will affect a student’s overall aid eligibility before a student commits to those changes.

Can I borrow Federal Direct Loans in Summer?

Yes, but students must request to do so directly through their myPurdue accounts. Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan is initially offered for the Fall/Spring terms only. Requesting Federal Direct Loan eligibility in Summer will impact eligibility offered for Fall/Spring. After a student has received their 2021-22 Financial Aid Award notification, they can request to utilize Federal Direct Loan eligibility in Summer by following the steps below:

  • Log in to your myPurdue account
  • Select the Financial Aid tab
  • On the right hand side of the page, select from the listed links "Federal Direct Loan Adjustment Request"
  • Complete the provided online form as instructed

Federal Direct Loans require that a student is enrolled at least half-time in the term they intent to use this eligibility.

What if I change my enrollment after receiving my 2021-22 Financial Aid Award notification?

Prior to making changes to enrollment, we strongly recommend that students contact our office to request a review on how this enrollment change could affect aid eligibility across Summer, Fall and Spring. As aid is put together for all three terms at once, enrollment changes in any of the applicable terms could affect a student’s overall aid eligibility.

What if I am graduating in August (Summer graduation)?

Students graduating in August will still need to file both a 2021-22 FAFSA and a Summer 2021 Aid Application for any summer aid consideration. When a student completes the Summer Aid Application, they will be able to indicate they are graduating in August; our office will then calculate aid eligibility for the Summer term only. If our office requests additional information after a student has filed the 2021-22 FAFSA, they will need to complete those requests before any financial aid eligibility information can be calculated.

Summer Aid Eligibility

The following information can assist in determining what types of aid a student may be eligible to receive in Summer:

1-5 credit hours:

Pell Grant Eligibility:
Undergraduate students who meet eligibility requirements may receive Federal Pell Grant in the Summer.

Institutional Gift Aid:
Some limited institutional gift aid is available to students for their Summer enrollment. This availability is dependent on limited funding as well a student’s demonstrated financial need through the FAFSA. Institutional Summer gift aid is also subject to change.

Private Loans:
Students enrolled less than half-time may be able to access a Private Loan to cover their expenses. Private Loans must be applied for directly by the student.

6 or more credit hours:

Pell Grant Eligibility:
Undergraduate students who meet eligibility requirements may receive Federal Pell Grant in the Summer.

Institutional Gift Aid:
Some limited institutional gift aid is available to students during Summer enrollment. This availability is dependent on limited funding as well a student’s demonstrated financial need through the FAFSA. Institutional Summer gift aid is also subject to change.

Federal Direct Loan Eligibility:

Students can request utilizing their Federal Direct Loan eligibility for the Summer term through their myPurdue accounts by completing the "Federal Direct Loan Adjustment Request." However, the total amount of Direct Loan eligibility for the Aid Year does not increase as a result of this request. Students are still only eligible for a maximum Aid Year Direct Loan eligibility amount, regardless of if the student requests utilizing that eligibility for Summer.

Example of splitting eligibility evenly across Summer, Fall and Spring: As a sophomore the Aid Year borrowing maximum for a dependent student is $6,500. A sophomore student would therefore be eligible to borrow $2,210 of the Federal Direct Loan in Summer, $2,145 in Fall, and $2,145 in Spring.

Federal PLUS Loan:

PLUS Loans can be taken out to cover the Cost of Attendance minus other aid awarded/offered. However, these loans require a check for adverse credit and therefore not all applicants are approved.

Other Important Information

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Summer Aid: Temporary Regional Campus Transfer

Students seeking a degree at Purdue West Lafayette (PWL) who plan to enroll at a Purdue Regional campus (i.e. PNW, PFW, or IUPUI) on a temporary basis for the summer term may be eligible to receive Summer aid through Purdue West Lafayette.

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 aid considerations This aid eligibility includes the following:

At least half-time enrollment is required for the use of Federal Direct and Federal PLUS Loans. This enrollment can include only Regional Campus courses or a combination of Regional Campus and PWL coursework.

  • For undergraduates, half-time status requires at least 6 credit hour enrollment.
  • For Graduate/Professional students, half-time status requires at least 3 credit hour enrollment (for Summer only).

All students must have the following completed before their Summer aid eligibility can be reviewed:

  • A 2021-22 FAFSA, unless only private loan will be utilized.
  • Complete any requests for additional information for your 2021-22 FAFSA file. The Division of Financial Aid will notify you of any requests, such as a student or parent tax return transcript. Do NOT submit information unless requested to do so by our office.
  • A 2021 Regional Campus Summer Aid Application completed and signed by both student and PWL Academic Advisor (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 2021 session. Failure to do so could result in erroneously transferring fully to the selected Regional Campus.

Other Important Information

  • Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
  • Financial aid is based on the number of credit hours and summer modules in which a student is enrolled AND has initiated course participation as of the Summer Census date. Check out more information about initial course participation.
  • Once the completed Regional Campus Summer Aid Application is completed, it can take up to 4 weeks for Summer aid eligibility to be put together. 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 from PWL.

**At any time a student changes enrollment while attending a Regional Campus for Summer 2021 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 Financial Aid Application (PDF). Return the completed and signed application to the Division of Financial Aid at Purdue West Lafayette. Processing will take approximately 4 weeks from the time our office receives the application.

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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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