To apply for federal, state and Purdue University based student aid programs, you will annually submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for aid each year you’re in school. Students who submit a FAFSA prior to Purdue’s priority filing date of April 15 will receive maximum consideration for all types of financial aid that they may be eligible for.  (Students may submit a FAFSA after this date, but some types of aid may no longer be available).

If you are a newly admitted student to Purdue and submit your FAFSA by this deadline, you can expect to hear back about your award offer sometime in mid-February.  Returning students will receive award notifications in the mid-June time frame. 

Before completing your FAFSA, you’ll need to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. If parents are helping in the aid process, make sure one of them registers for an FSA ID too.

What You’ll Need:

  • A computer with Internet access
  • Your Federal Student Aid ID 
  • Your Social Security number
  • Income information for the current year (or the prior year if you’re going to use an estimate) for both student and parents (unless you qualify as an independent student)
  • A current, valid email address to be contacted with important information about your financial aid

You also can print a “FAFSA on the Web” worksheet from the FederalStudentAid resources page to help prepare your answers before entering them online.

What You’ll Do:

  • Go to FederalStudentAid, Complete the FAFSA Form and click “Start Here,” then login using your FSA-ID.
  • Input the requested information.
  • Be sure to enter Federal School Code 001825 to allow your information to be sent to Purdue University West Lafayette.


You can submit the FAFSA late, but there may be considerably fewer funds available to you for doing so.

If you start attending in the spring, you should complete the FAFSA for the current year.  If you start in the summer, you should complete the FAFSA for the upcoming year. 

You can apply for financial aid prior to applying for admission to Purdue. However, you must be admitted to a degree-seeking program (or a teacher’s certification program) before eligibility will be calculated and to receive financial aid.

You may be eligible, and if so we highly encourage you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the FAFSA to update the information after taxes have been filed. Information will be transferred from the IRS directly into the FAFSA with this option.

We recommend printing the “FAFSA on the Web” submission confirmation page as proof of completion. Keep this in your records.

One of the most commonly requested documents is a tax transcript. Get your tax return transcript from the IRS.

If you have any FAFSA filing questions, you can contact FAFSA customer service agents at 800-433-3243, get online help or you can check out Federal Student Aid’s YouTube Channel for short, informational videos on the process.

Purdue University Division of Financial Aid, Schleman Hall, Room 305, 475 Stadium Mall Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2050, (765) 494-5050

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