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The FAFSA registers you to be considered for aid from Purdue and the federal/state government. To be considered for additional Purdue/private scholarships or private loans, you need to take a few extra steps, such as completing a separate application. Additional information about eligibility and steps to apply for each type of resource are listed below: 

Purdue Scholarships

Other Purdue Departmental Scholarships

Private Scholarships

Private Loans

Purdue Departmental Scholarships

Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application is open for 2021-2022

Incoming freshmen need to have a complete admissions application submitted by the November 1 Early Action deadline to be considered for Purdue’s merit scholarships

In addition to having a complete admissions application by the November 1 Early Action deadline, new students enrolling in one of the following colleges or schools listed below should also complete the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application, located in ScholarshipUniverse, by December 15 to be considered for additional college and school scholarships. New students will access ScholarshipUniverse through their admissions portal.


*Health & Human Sciences

*Krannert School of Management

*Polytechnic Institute

Scholarships awarded through the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application are based on merit, need or a combination of the two.  If you wish to be considered for those scholarships with a need component, the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed by December 15.

Current Students:

The different college/school deadlines are listed below that use the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application, located in ScholarshipUniverse.

  • Education — March 1
  • Health and Human Sciences — April 1
  • Liberal Arts — April 1
  • Management — March 1
  • Polytechnic Institute* — March 1 

*Polytechnic Institute Statewide students should complete the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application and select Purdue Polytechnic as their school.  Polytechnic Institute Statewide students may complete the application by August 1.           

What You’ll Do:

Watch for the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application in ScholarshipUniverse and follow the directions. Complete the 2021-2022 Free Application for federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 1.

How do I use ScholarshipUniverse?

 There are detailed ScholarshipUniverse navigation instructions students may find helpful as they explore the new tool.

Please note: ScholarshipUniverse is only compatible with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge browsers.

Other Purdue Departmental Scholarships

Some schools and departments use applications other than the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application. Find your department below to see if you qualify, and also check to see if you qualify for any other scholarships offered at Purdue.


Criteria: Distinguished academic performance, county, residence, leadership, community and 4-H/FAA involvement, and some require essays; criteria for department-level scholarships vary.

Application: The College awards a limited number of scholarships to first-year students with a financial need component. To be considered for these scholarships, students seeking admission need to complete the College of Agriculture Scholarship Application by December 15.  Students do not need to be admitted to apply for scholarships.  Students will need to be admitted to receive scholarships.  The College of Agriculture Scholarship application can be found here.   

Continuing students should also complete the College of Agriculture Scholarship Application by February 1 for consideration of specific scholarships. Check for additional requirements and application here.

Sherrelyn Meyer, Assistant Director, Academic Programs


Criteria: Commitment to Teacher Education as well as distinguished academic performance including leadership, extracurricular and volunteer experiences.

Application: To maximize consideration for all possible scholarships, incoming freshman should have a complete admissions application by November 1 and a completed FAFSA by December 15.  Continuing students need to complete the FAFSA by January 1. Incoming freshman and current students can complete the College of Education's application in ScholarshipUniverse. 

Jennifer Barce, Ph.D., Managing Director, Academic Services


Application: The college awards a limited number of scholarships to first-year students. To be considered, the admission application must be submitted by November 1. The Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application is not required for admitted First Year Engineering students. 

Current students in First-Year Engineering should review specific school website of their intended major. Upper-level students should review their current professional school website for additional information, deadline dates and scholarship application (if required). 

Lori Pence, Associate Director, Student Success

Exploratory Studies

Criteria: Distinguished academic performance; some also consider letters of recommendation, candidate statement and other criteria.

Application: Incoming first-year students should visit the Exploratory Studies Scholarship webpage for more information.

Kyle Paquin

Health and Human Sciences

Criteria: Distinguished academic performance, extracurricular activities and some short essays.

Application: All admitted and continuing students should review information and complete the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application. All admitted students have an application deadline of December 15 all continuing students have an application deadline of April 1. 

Additional information can be found here. 

HHS Scholarships

Liberal Arts

Criteria: Distinguished academic performance, financial need, extracurricular activities and involvement, and writing ability.

Returning students will be required to complete a supplemental application in order to be considered for scholarships by April 1. 

Application: Returning students should check for additional requirements for specific scholarships.

Scholarship Administrator

Krannert School of Management

Criteria: Academic Achievements, Leadership Experiences, Community Engagement, Entrepreneurship, and Academic Contributions to the University and current GPA. 

Application: The college awards a limited number of scholarships to first-year students. To be considered for these scholarships, admitted students need to complete the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application by December 15.

Returning or Transfer Students should review scholarship information and complete the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application by March 1 for scholarship consideration.

Karin Disher, Krannert Undergraduate Scholarship Coordinator


Criteria: Distinguished academic performance, leadership, extracurricular and volunteer criteria.

Application: Continuing PharmD and upper-class Pharmaceutical Science student scholarships are decided by departmental scholarship committees in the College of Pharmacy. Eligible students must complete the College of Pharmacy Scholarship Application (available in January) for scholarship consideration. Students applying for the professional program are considered for scholarships as a part of the admission process, and no additional application is required.

Steve Myszak, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs


Brenda Schroeder, Assistant Director of Student Services


Criteria: Distinguished academic performance; difficulty of college-level coursework (upperclassmen), research, leadership, community service and engagement, and co-curricular involvement.

Application: Continuing student scholarships are decided by departmental scholarship committees in the College of Science and are based on academic and co-curricular criteria. Student must complete the College of Science Scholarship Application for consideration.

Lynne Horngren, Scholarship Administrator

Polytechnic Institute

Criteria: A variety of criteria exist across several different scholarships, including distinguished academic performance, special merit, and financial need.

Application: To maximize consideration for all scholarships administered by the university, incoming students should have a complete admissions application in by November 1. To be considered for scholarships administered by the college, students must complete the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application by the deadline listed above.

Cindi Lynch, Associate Director

Undergraduate Nontraditional Student/Student Success

Span Plan offers several different scholarships to undergraduate nontraditional students studying at the West Lafayette campus. Awards are based on a combination of academic success, financial need, and personal essays.  To apply, students should visit the Span Plan website and complete their scholarship application in December and due by July 1. Additional grant opportunities can be found on the website, as well as resources for undergraduate nontraditional students.

Malissa Ayala, Director

Private Scholarships

Finding Private Scholarships

There are many private scholarships opportunities available and you should apply for these as early as possible. Scholarship opportunities can be found in your local community and nationwide. Each will likely have a unique application process. However, it is important to be wary of scholarship scams. You should never pay a fee to an organization to find scholarship opportunities for you, or to complete an application for a scholarship that is offered. 

 To find private scholarship opportunities, we recommend utilizing ScholarshipUniverse. ScholarshipUniverse, a matching system that maximizes scholarship opportunities for students, has the ability to match students to scholarship opportunities both internal and external to Purdue University. All private scholarship opportunities listed within ScholarshipUniverse have been vetted to ensure that students have access to legitimate scholarship opportunities.

To access private scholarship opportunities through ScholarshipUniverse:

  1. Current Purdue students can access Scholarship Universe at:
  2. Incoming students can access ScholarshipUniverse through their admissions portal.
  3. Once logged in, answer questions under the “Questions” tab on the left-hand side of the screen. Answers to these questions determine if you are eligible for various private scholarship opportunities archived within ScholarshipUniverse.
  4. When finished answering questions, choose the “Scholarships” tab on the left-hand side of the screen. Then, choose the “Matches” option. Private scholarship opportunities that you have matched to will be listed here with a globe icon next to them.
  5. Click the “Apply” button next to a private scholarship opportunity to access the scholarship application.
  6. Please keep in mind that private scholarship applications are hosted on websites external to ScholarshipUniverse and Purdue University.  

We also recommend talking to your guidance counselor, and checking out free private scholarship databases external to Purdue, such as FastWeb, or

Private Scholarship Forms

The Division of Financial Aid can help complete private scholarship forms that require financial aid information. Students or private scholarship donors can submit forms to the Division of Financial Aid via email, postal mail, fax, or in-person delivery to our front desk. Private scholarship forms completed by the Division of Financial Aid will be available 3 - 7 business days from date of submission.

Private Scholarship Checks and Payment

The Office of the Bursar provides details on how to apply private scholarship payments to university bills, as well as general information about private scholarship payment processing, here.

 If you are a private scholarship recipient and will be enrolled less than full-time, on co-op or internship, or graduating in December, your private scholarship donor may need to approve the use of your scholarship funds at Purdue University.

Private Scholarships and Financial Aid Packaging

All private scholarships that you receive must be reported to Purdue University. Instructions for reporting private scholarships can be found here.

 As financial resources, federal regulations require that private scholarships be included in a student’s overall financial aid package. Receiving private scholarships may result in a financial aid over award and require a student’s aid package to be adjusted. Information concerning financial aid over awards can be found here.

For Private Scholarship Donors

The Division of Financial Aid does not advertise private scholarship opportunities on this webpage. Instead, please email information regarding your scholarship opportunity to

Private Loans

A large number of private education loan options are available to assist you and your family in meeting college costs. Loan applications are completed with your lender of choice and require good credit or a co-signer with good credit. We recommend applying at least 30 days prior to the date you need the funds and complying quickly to information requests from your lender. Read more about student loans.

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