Student Frequently Asked Questions



I missed the pre-registration deadline, but would still like to attend the Grad Expo. Can I still participate?

You are welcome to attend the Grad Expo, but will need to register at the door on Sunday between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm or Monday between 8:00 am and 11:30 am. The registration fee when you register at the door is $45.

I would like to attend the Grad Expo, but I will not be able to arrive until after the event begins. Can I still participate?

Student registration and check in for the Grad Expo is scheduled from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm on Sunday, in the Purdue Memorial Union (PMU).  We will also check in pre-registered late arrivals from 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm at the Welcome Dinner on the Memorial Mall. Registration is open between 8:00 and 11:30 am on Monday, in the PMU.

I attended the Grad Expo last year and would like to attend again this year. Can I participate in the Grad Expo more than once?

If you attended the Grad Expo in the past, you may attend in the future. If you require a travel scholarship to attend, please be aware that new applicants that have not attended the Grad Expo in the past will be given priority consideration for travel funding.

Application Fee Waiver

I saw that if I attend the Grad Expo, I can have my Purdue Graduate School application fee waived. If I have already applied to Purdue's Graduate School, can my application fee be reimbursed if I attend the Grad Expo?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to reimburse application fees. In order to qualify for the application fee waiver, you must attend the Grad Expo first and then apply for graduate admission at Purdue. Instructions for receiving the application fee waiver will be e-mailed after the event to everyone who attended the Grad Expo. Note that students who register for the Expo but do not attend are not eligible for the application fee waiver.

Travel Scholarships


I have visited Purdue during a summer research program (or previous Grad Expo attendee or Purdue visitation program participant). Am I still eligible for a travel scholarship?

In order to provide more students with an opportunity to participate in the Grad Expo and to visit Purdue University, previous Grad Expo, Purdue summer research program, and Purdue visitation program participants are not eligible to apply for travel scholarships.

I live outside the United States but would like to attend the Grad Expo. Can I apply for a travel scholarship?

Unfortunately, due to limited financial support for the Grad Expo, we are only able to provide travel scholarships for qualified applicants traveling within the United States and its territories. However, presentations from all workshops offered at the Grad Expo will be available for review on the event's Web site beginning about two weeks after the Expo.


When is the deadline to apply for travel scholarships?

Priority consideration is given to completed applications that are received by Friday, September 4, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered based on funding availability.

I applied for a travel scholarship. When will I be notified about whether or not I will receive one?

Completed applications will be reviewed as quickly as possible. Travel scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis beginning in mid-August and will continue to be awarded as funds become available. You will be notified via e-mail if you receive a travel scholarship. Depending on the availability of funds, some scholarships may not be awarded until closer to the event.

I registered for the Grad Expo, but can only attend if I receive a travel scholarship. If I do not receive a scholarship, can my registration fee be refunded?

If you are not awarded a travel scholarship, and therefore, are unable to attend the Grad Expo, your registration fee will be refunded to you, provided you request a refund by Monday, September 28, 2020.

Award Recipient Info

What expenses are covered by a travel scholarship?

Eligible expenses include:

  • Coach class airfare or other transportation to Purdue University
  • Gasoline or mileage (but not both)
  • Airport transfers
  • Standard hotel accommodations for yourself

I was selected to receive a travel scholarship. How do I receive the funds to pay for my travel expenses?

All travel scholarships are awarded on a reimbursement basis. Once you have made your travel arrangements, please complete the following:

  • Bring all currently available original, itemized receipts for eligible expenses totaling up to the amount of the scholarship to the Grad Expo.
  • Submit all available receipts to Purdue Conferences staff when you check in at the student registration/check-in table in the Purdue Memorial Union. If you need to mail in some receipts, please notify the person assisting you and you will be provided with a self-addressed envelope.
  • If you are an international student, please bring a copy of your passport and visa with your receipts as well as a copy of the I-20 and I-94, if you are on an F-1 visa.
  • If you would like to get a head start on the form that we need you to complete for reimbursement, print off the Substitute W-9 form before your arrival at Purdue. The form is also available on the Information for Award Recipients Web page.
  • Complete and submit an evaluation form for the Grad Expo to a Purdue Graduate School or Conferences staff member before you depart Purdue University. Or, you may also complete and return the evaluation with any receipts you mail in for reimbursement.

How long will it take me to get reimbursed for my travel expenses?

Your reimbursement request will be processed when all necessary forms and documentation are received from you. You may expect to receive a check from Purdue University by postal mail in approximately four weeks of our receipt of the completed paperwork, original receipts, and Grad Expo evaluation form.

Getting to Purdue and Where to Stay

What is the best way to get to Purdue?

Depending on where you are traveling from, you may wish to travel by air, car, train, or bus. Most visitors to Purdue fly into the Indianapolis International Airport (airport code IND), which is approximately 90 minutes from Purdue. For more information on traveling to Purdue, including tips for reducing travel costs, please visit the Area Airport Service page.

What hotels are close to campus?

Accommodations are available on campus in the Union Club Hotel or off-campus in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area. For information about accommodations, please visit the Accommodations page.

Where do I park when I arrive at Purdue?

Free parking is available on Sunday only in the Wood Street garage, which is just a short walk from Purdue's Memorial Union.  

Paid visitor parking is available in the Grant Street Parking Garage. Union Club Hotel guests receive a permit for free parking in the Grant Street Garage. If you are not staying at the Union Club Hotel, you will receive a parking voucher at the conclusion of the Fair which will allow you to exit the Grant Street Garage on Monday. Spaces in other campus garages or surface lots are reserved during the work week for University staff members who have paid an annual parking fee.

See Driving to Purdue for more information. 

Additional Questions

I have additional questions about the Grad Expo that are not answered here. Who can I contact?

Please email or call 765-494-2600 for further questions and assistance.

Ernest C. Young Hall, Room 170 | 155  S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114 | 765-494-2600

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