Briefing examines cost of Purdue attendance vs. other Big Ten universities

September 9, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University’s average cost of attendance for in-state students has been consistently lower than the average cost of attendance in the rest of the Big Ten, and ongoing tuition freezes are widening the gap.

Those are among the findings in the latest briefing from Purdue’s Office of Institutional Research Assessment and Effectiveness. The report, available here, examines data on total cost of attendance, grant aid and the average net price students pay to attend Purdue. Based on information provided by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the report also includes comparisons to other Big Ten universities.

In 2010-11, Purdue ranked eighth highest in tuition and fees charged to in-state students. However, according to the report, Purdue had dropped to the 10th highest as of 2013-14. Purdue also showed the lowest growth in tuition and fees for both in-state and out-of-state students in the Big Ten between 2012 and 2014. Purdue’s tuition freezes began in 2013.

The report also highlights Big Ten comparisons for the cost of books and supplies, as well as costs for on-campus room and board. Additionally, the report contains a breakdown of the percentage of students who receive financial aid, including subsidized and unsubsidized student loans, to offset the total cost of attendance. In this area, Purdue has one of the lowest percentages of first-time, full-time undergraduate students receiving any type of aid in the Big Ten.

OIRAE supports data-driven decision-making with accurate and timely reporting of official data to internal and external audiences. OIRAE’s past monthly briefings have covered topics such as at-risk student analysis, college readiness of Indiana high school graduates and predictors of four-year completion at Purdue. For a full list of briefings, visit the OIRAE website

Writer: Andrea Thomas, 765-496-8204, 

Source: Brent Drake, Purdue chief data officer, 765-494-7139, 

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