March 2017 Newsletter

With the spring semester now half over, the March newsletter brings reminders of upcoming key dates for students, and reflection of 2016 with a video highlight courtesy of the Purdue Alumni Association.

In this newsletter, we will continue with our Mental Wellness Taskforce- Feature of the Month: Interpersonal relationships and also show how your gifts to the Parents Fund has helped the taskforce provide outreach.

This month's newsletter also contains important information from the Division of Financial Aid and from Registrar.

Last but not least, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you to save the date for Family Weekend 2017, which will take place November 3-5. As events are finalized, more information about Family Weekend will be found on our newly launched website.

Featured Stories

Diversity and Inclusion forum set for March 9

The Office of the Provost is sponsoring a forum titled "Moving to the 'Inclusion' of Diversity and Inclusion" for faculty, staff and students and community members 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 9 in the Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom. Registration Required. More.

Purdue announces philanthropic component to Back a Boiler

On Saturday, February 11, Purdue announced a philanthropic component to complement its Back a Boiler income share agreement initiative.

Beginning this fall, Purdue students who apply to take part in Back a Boiler – designed to offer students and their families an alternative financing option – may also apply for available funding support from the new Pave the Way program. More.

Purdue's 2016 highlights captured on video

The major happenings at Purdue during 2016 are highlighted in the Purdue Alumni Association's 62nd edition of the Year in Review video, formerly the Newsreel. Titled "Breaking Records," the 12-minute program, sponsored by the Purdue Alumni Association, can be viewed at and is available from Hicks Undergraduate Library. More.

Think Summer

Purdue’s four-year graduation rate is 55%, and over half of those who fall into that category take advantage of summer! Registration for summer courses is now open for all students, and instructions can be found at

Mental Wellness Taskforce- Feature of the Month: Interpersonal Relationships

The Mental Wellness Task Force has pointed out that understanding how to communicate and develop relationships is key to success. This includes respecting and supporting others, sharing feelings and finding gratitude. More.

Your gifts in action:  The Mental Wellness Task Force

Thank you to all the parents and families who’ve given to the Purdue Parents Fund. Your gift supports, among other programs, the Mental Wellness Task Force.
The Mental Wellness Task Force is a coalition of campus and community partners whose main mission is to promote the health and well-being of Purdue students.  With Parents Fund support, the Mental Wellness Task Force has been able to expand their educational and outreach offerings to more faculty and staff. Together, the Mental Wellness Task Force and their campus and community partners are daily assisting Purdue students in developing important life skills to better cope and become more resilient.
Learn more about the Mental Wellness Task Force here:
Your generosity to the Purdue Parents Fund is meaningful and directly impacts the lives of Purdue students. We are grateful!

Save the date:  Purdue Day of Giving—April 26!

Join the Boilermaker family for a 24-hour event dedicated to supporting higher education at the highest proven value.  Making a gift on April 26 could help the Purdue Parents Fund win hourly challenges and bonus dollars. Stay tuned to your email and the Parent & Family Connections Facebook page for more about this record-breaking day!

Financial Aid for Upperclassmen

Although March 1st is the Purdue priority date for filing the FAFSA, only incoming freshmen and other new to Purdue students will receive their 2017-18 financial aid package in March.  Other students will need to wait until June to see their aid for the next academic year.

Why?  The Division of Financial Aid (DFA) is required by federal regulation to review whether a student is meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. DFA recalculates the academic progress status for students after final grades post for the spring semester. Students need to become familiar with the three components of SAP by reviewing this and other important Financial Aid policies.

Scholarship Renewal

At Purdue, most merit scholarships are awarded to qualified freshmen based on academic information provided in your admission application.  If your student was awarded one of these as a freshman, then they need to understand the GPA requirements required to maintain the scholarship.  View what's required to keep or renew an award.   

Financial Aid for summer

Students interested in receiving financial aid during summer 2017 must complete the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than June 30, 2017 and satisfy all additional financial aid requirements listed on your myPurdue account.

Complete the 2017 Summer Aid Application (available now) under the “Financial Aid” tab of your myPurdue account.  Once your application has been successfully submitted, it could take two to three weeks to receive a Financial Aid award. Please monitor myPurdue for updates. Initial summer financial aid notifications will begin approximately March 6th, 2017.

Income Share Agreements

Applications for 2017-18 should be available soon.  See the Purdue Research Foundation Back a Boiler website for eligibility and application details for the ISA program.

From the Registrar

Gallup-Purdue Index Survey for continuing students

On Monday, March 6th, continuing students who have yet to complete the short- 2-minute GPI Experiences Survey, received a notice a hold had been placed on their account. Students will need to complete the survey before they will be able to register for Fall 2017 classes. An FAQ about the survey is available on the Office of the Registrar's Hold Page. The GPI Experiences Survey is administered by the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Effectiveness.

Spring Commencement

Families of Spring 2017 Candidates- Will your student participate in spring commencement? As of Friday, March 3 at 8:30 a.m., the Graduation link was made available on your students myPurdue account. If they will be participating in commencement, they will need to indicate they plan on doing so. At that time, they will also be able to request guest tickets and rent their cap and gown. Students have until April 14 to indicate their intent to participate, however there are earlier deadlines to be aware of. Spring 2017 Candidate Brochure.


March 10, Last day to withdraw from a course with a W or WF grade

March 13-18, Spring Vacation

April 8-9, Spring Fest

April 26, Purdue Day of Giving

April 29, Classes End

May 1-6, Final Exams

May 6, Semester Ends

May 12-14 Commencement

See the full 2016-2017 academic calendar

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