Important Dates for Incoming Students

To receive financial aid at Purdue, you'll need to complete a few important tasks in the months leading up to the start of your first semester.

These steps are typical for a new student beginning in the fall semester, however the aid dates remain the same regardless of the semester you intend on starting Purdue (summer or spring).

Use this list as a reminder of the steps you'll need to check off in order to complete the financial aid process. More detailed instructions of the financial aid process can be found on our How To Apply for Aid page.


Submit your FAFSA: Annually file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as October 1, but no later than Purdue’s priority filing date of April 15 to receive priority consideration for federal, state of Indiana and university-based financial aid.  If eligible, transfer your completed tax information directly into the FAFSA on the Web using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS-DRT).


Freshman Scholarships: For maximum scholarship consideration, your admission application and all required supporting materials must be received or postmarked by November 1. All freshman students who meet this deadline will automatically be considered for university-wide merit scholarships (no additional action necessary).

Verify Information upon request: In late November, submit requested verification information, found at under the “Financial” tab, then “Financial Aid Requirements.


Maximize scholarship eligibility: At Purdue the following colleges: Education, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Polytechnic Institute use a supplemental scholarship application to collect information not found on the admission application. This information is used to award academic-department scholarships.

To maximize consideration for scholarships awarded by these academic departments, during the fall/winter of their senior year in high school, incoming freshmen students should:

Although Purdue’s priority FAFSA filing date is April 15, incoming freshmen who want to be considered for need-based scholarships awarded by academic departments should:

  • Complete their admissions application by November 1.
  • File the FAFSA by December 15.


Search for Private scholarships:  Utilize free outside sources such as and


Don’t forget your FAFSA: Be sure to submit your FAFSA prior to Purdue’s April 15 priority filing date.  Note: The University must have a valid FAFSA on file by the last day of the enrollment period for federal aid consideration.


Review award notification: In early-March, freshmen who filed a FAFSA, submitted all requested information and created a career account can view their award notification on myPurdue.

Watch Paying for Purdue: In early spring watch our INSIDE ADMISSIONS: PAYING FOR PURDUE YOUTUBE LIVE event.  No action is required to accept most scholarships or grants.  Additional steps are necessary to accept or decline offered loans and/or Federal Work-Study. Indiana residents must file a FAFSA by April 15 annually to gain eligibility for state-based financial aid. Ask questions: Contact the Division of Financial Aid with any questions and be sure to accept your offer of admission by May 1st.


Finalize FAFSA changes.

June - July

Attend STAR: Attend a Division of Financial Aid/Bursar presentation during Purdue's Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR) program to learn how financial aid applies to the University billing process.

Due to COVID-19, recent Virtual Summer Transition, Advising, and Registration (VSTAR) programs were offered virtually.


Review your bill: You will receive an email notice from the Purdue Bursar's Office to view your invoice on myPurdue. Review your invoice, set up authorized users and sign up for direct deposit using these instructions.


Pay your invoice online: Confirm enrollment, pay any outstanding balance or sign up for the installment plan (payment is due no later than the first day of classes each semester). Then get ready to become a Boilermaker!

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