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, if you are beginning in the summer or waiting until the spring semester, the aid application and dates remain the same. Contact our office with any questions.

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. 

  • FAFSA opens on October 1. Submit by Purdue’s priority date of April 15 to receive priority consideration for federal, state of Indiana and university-based financial aid.
Submit a FAFSA


Prospective 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:  

  • If you are notified, submit any requested verification information, found in your myPurdue portal under the Financial tab, then Financial Aid Requirements, as soon as possible. 


Maximize scholarship eligibility. 

  • At Purdue, the following colleges: Education, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Polytechnic Statewide and Polytechnic Institute, use a supplemental scholarship application to collect information not found on the admission application. This information is used to award academic scholarships in these specific colleges. 
  • After your admissions application is submitted by Nov. 1, to maximize consideration for scholarships awarded by these academic departments, high school seniors should complete these items: 
  • Even though Purdue’s priority FAFSA date is April 15, we encourage students to submit a FAFSA by December 15, as departments begin awarding need-based scholarships as early as January. 
  • Submit the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application in your admissions portal between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15 to be considered for departmental scholarships.


Search for Private scholarships. 


Don’t forget your FAFSA.  

  • If you haven’t already, be sure to submit your FAFSA prior to Purdue’s April 15 priority date.  

Contact us if you need help with the financial aid application process.


Review award notification. 

In early March, first-year students who submitted a FAFSA, submitted all requested information and created a career account can view their award notification on myPurdue.

How to Use Mypurdue

Submit a FAFSA by April 15 to be considered for maximum aid. 

  • Indiana residents must submit 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. 

Report any requested information as part of the verification process on myPurdue. 


Finalize loans and private scholarship changes.  

  • Report private scholarships on myPurdue.
  • If you plan to borrow federal loans, begin that process.

June – July

Complete academic advising and registration process. At this time, you’ll learn how financial aid applies to the University billing process.