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Application Fee

The Graduate School application fee is $60 (U.S. dollars) for domestic applicants and $75 (U.S. dollars) for international applicants. You must pay your application fee online with your credit card. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express cards are accepted and processed using a secured online payment system. Your application will not be processed until your nonrefundable application fee has been paid.

As an alternative to paying your application fee via credit card, Purdue University Graduate School has partnered with Western Union Business Solutions, a specialist in global business payments. This payment option allows you to pay the Graduate School application fee in the currency of your choice and provides a simple and secure method for initiating payments electronically.

Please note: A foreign currency payment is a "pending" payment and does not automatically update your application fee status.  Purdue University Accounts Receivable will post the U.S. dollar equivalent to your Business Partner account, generally within two to five days after your local bank initiates payment.  When this has occurred, your application fee will be updated.

For more details about this fee payment option in the online application, visit our Foreign Currency Payments Web page.

If you are applying to a degree program or Graduate Certificate program at one of the Purdue University campuses, you will be charged an application fee. If you are a nondegree applicant at the West Lafayette, Calumet, Fort Wayne, or North Central campuses you will not be charged an application fee.

Application Fee Waivers

Purdue provides application fee waivers to advance diversity, recognize outstanding undergraduate achievement, and engage prospective students in recruitment events where Purdue is affiliated.

Applicants are eligible for one application fee waiver per program he/she has participated in. Fee waivers are valid until December 31st two years after the applicant became eligible. For example, if a person belonging to the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and Scientists visited with a Purdue recruiter at the society's annual conference in September 2018, he/she must apply and request the fee waiver by December 31, 2020. 

Graduate School applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents experiencing economic hardship may request a waiver of the application fee. To request a waiver of the application fee, please send an email explaining your situation to gradinfo@purdue.edu.

Application fee waivers are available for participants in the programs listed below. Please note any special requirements for each program:

  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) - must visit Purdue recruiter at annual conference and complete contact information card.
  • AISES Conference - must visit Purdue recruiter at annual conference and complete a contact information card.
  • Big Ten+ Graduate School Expo - must register and participate in the event. For more information on this program please visit their website.
  • Big Ten Academic Alliance FreeApp - FreeApp is available to Ph.D. or Master of Fine Arts applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (A = 4.0), are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and possess qualities and experiences that enhance the diversity of the intellectual, cultural, and social environments at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. For more information on this program please visit their website.
  • EducationUSA Opportunity Fund Recipient - must provide a copy of the official EducationUSA Opportunity Fund award letter.
  • Florida A&M Graduate Feeder Program - must be a participant of this program.  For more information on this program, please visit their website.
  • GEM Fellowship Program - Must have applied and be eligible for the GEM Fellows program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. For more information, please visit their website.
  • Institute for Recruitment of Teachers Program - must be selected and participate in their summer program.
  • Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders - must have participated in the Mandela Fellows program.  For more information, please visit their website.
  • McNair Scholars Program - name must be listed in National Directory. For more information on this program please visit their website.
  • Midwest Graduate & Professional School Summit - must have participated in the event.  For more information on this program, please visit their website.
  • National Science Foundation Summer Internship (Purdue University) - must be selected and participate in sponsored program at Purdue.
  • National Society of Black Engineer National Career Fair must visit Purdue recruiter at annual conference and complete a contact information card.  For more information please visit this website: http://www.nsbe.org.  
  • Native American Institution Visit Program - must be invited and visit campus as part of this program.
  • NIH MARC USTAR/PREP/RISE - must have participated in one of these NIH-sponsored undergraduate research programs.
  • Purdue Emerging Leaders - must have been an active member in the program.
  • Purdue Graduate Diversity Visitation Program - must be invited and attend the visitation hosted by Purdue.  For more information on this program please visit their website.
  • Purdue Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) - must be a participant of the program.  Please visit their website.
  • Purdue Summer Research Opportunity Program - must be invited and participate in the program hosted by Purdue. For more information on this program please visit their website.
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference - must visit Purdue recruiter at annual conference and complete contact information card.
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers & Scientists – must visit Purdue recruiter at annual conference and complete a contact information card.  For more information please visit their website: http://shpe.org.
  • Society of Mexican American Engineers & Scientists – must visit Purdue recruiter at annual conference and complete a contact information card.  For more information please visit their website: http://mymaes.org.
  • Society of Women Engineers – must visit Purdue recruiter at annual conference and complete a contact information card. For more information please visit this website: http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org.
  • Subsequent Admission Application to a Different Purdue Campus - A person that has submitted and paid for an application may submit a second and third application during the same academic year to a different Purdue campus for free.  IUPUI is not part of this application fee waiver program.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) - must be selected and participate in the Purdue program. For more information on this program please visit their website.
  • Tau Beta Pi National Convention - must visit a Purdue recruiter at the annual convention and complete a contact information card.  For more information, please visit https://www.tbp.org/about/Infobook/membership.cfm.
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Meyerhoff Scholars - a student must be a member of this program.  For more information, please visit https://meyerhoff.umbc.edu/about.
  • U.S. Veterans and U.S. Military Service Membersmust be a U.S. military veteran or an active U.S. military service member.
  • Virtual Graduate Fair and Global Symposium for Online Programs - must have been logged in to the virtual event for at least 30 continuous minutes, and apply to one of the 22 fully online Master’s programs (see list of eligible programs here). 

In order to request an application fee waiver under one of these programs, you will need to start a Purdue University Graduate School application. Visit The Graduate School website at www.purdue.edu/gradschool and click on the ‘Apply Now’ button on the left hand side of the page. During the online application process on the ‘Additional Information’ page there is a question that asks if you are a member of a recruitment program. In the drop-down box select the appropriate recruitment program. This will trigger an email to the Office of Graduate Admissions. If your recruitment program requires you to submit additional information, please submit the required documentation to gradinfo@purdue.edu.

Within two weeks you will receive a return email indicating whether or not the application fee has been waived. If you pay the application fee before the fee has been waived, it is non-refundable.

 

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