April 2017 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

By now, you may already have heard the important news.

Last month, we announced that Purdue will continue to hold tuition at 2012 levels for an additional year, extending the freeze through at least the 2018-19 academic year.

This will mark the sixth straight year of flat tuition after 36 years of increases, and will mean that four straight graduating classes will have gone through Purdue without ever experiencing a tuition increase. In combination with our work to reduce the cost of room, board and textbooks, this also means that students will pay less to attend Purdue in 2019 than they did in 2012.

I sincerely hope the work we’re doing to keep a Purdue education within the reach of more students has made a difference for your family. You can read more about the announcement and how we’ve balanced our commitment to student affordability with our other important priorities — like our $26 million investment in student scholarships and our $250 million investment in life sciences research — here.

As we wrap up another successful semester, I invite you to join us on campus over the next few weeks for some of our favorite spring traditions, including the football team’s annual spring game, the Grand Prix race, Spring Fest and of course, Commencement.  



Mitch Daniels


Your gifts in action:  CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services)

Thank you to all the parents and families who’ve given to the Purdue Parents Fund. Your gift supports, among other programs, CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services).

CAPS services are consistently considered a very important campus resource to students.  CAPS services help students navigate many developmental issues including adjustment, identity development, increasing responsibility, and relationship difficulties, as well as more serious mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, suicidality, self-injury, alcohol and other drug issues, eating disorders and other concerns. In the last couple of years, CAPS has served approximately 3,000 students annually on site, in addition to outreach presentations where programs serve the larger student body.

In January 2017, thanks to Parents Fund support, a full day of additional training was offered to CAPS staff members. The day, presented by clinicians from IndyGroupWork, focused on the experience of group therapy and offered experiential components to illustrate skills and techniques. Group therapy allows staff members to serve more students in less time, is as effective and sometimes more effective than individual therapy for certain student concerns, and offers peer connections that let students translate the skills and insights they gain in the group more quickly and easily to their actual lives.

Your generosity to the Purdue Parents Fund is meaningful and directly impacts the lives of Purdue students who need extra support. We are grateful!

Purdue Day of Giving—April 26!

Will you give $10 or more on April 26? Through your support of the Parents Fund on Day of Giving, you can help us continue amazing and essential programs like Counseling and Psychological Services, the ACE Campus Food Pantry, the Center for Career Opportunities and more!

Mark your calendars! In addition, by giving between 8:00-9:00 pm EDT, you could help us win bonus funds during the “Most Parent Donors” power hour! Or, if you are a Boilermaker parent abroad, you could help us win the “Most gifts from International Donors” challenge by giving between 3:00-4:00 am EDT.

Thanks so much for your generosity and care.

Boilermaker Station opens in Purdue Memorial Union

The Purdue Alumni Association announced the opening of Boilermaker Station in Room 108 of the Purdue Memorial Union. Located across from Purdue’s Welcome Center, the space features a 98-inch touchscreen display highlighting Purdue University’s traditions, milestones, leaders and accomplished alumni. More.

Purdue expands income share agreement program to include more students, summer session

Purdue Research Foundation announced Monday (April 3) that it is expanding its Back a Boiler – ISA Fund program to include all rising sophomores, juniors and seniors and will offer the program to eligible students enrolled in the 2017 academic summer session.

When launched one year ago, Purdue’s income share agreement program was offered to a limited number of rising juniors and seniors enrolled in the fall and spring semesters of the 2016-17 academic year. More.

News from the Division of Financial Aid

Indiana Extends FAFSA filing deadline

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers announced on March 16th, 2017 that the state’s March 10th financial aid filing deadline would be extended to April 15th this year in response to recent issues with the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS_DRT) that complicated the process for families attempting to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

“This is an excellent opportunity for Hoosiers who missed the March 10 deadline to complete the FAFSA and qualify for financial aid that makes college more affordable,” Lubbers said. “All prospective college students—whether they’re a high school senior, a current college student or a returning adult—should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.”

The fastest and easiest way to file the FAFSA is online at www.fafsa.gov. To complete the FAFSA, your student will need: 1) Their Social Security Number; 2) 2015 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned; and 3) An FSA ID to sign electronically. NOTE: Dependent students need this same information for their parent(s). The U.S. Department of Education provides email and live chat assistance for FAFSA filers as well as a helpline at 1-800-4FED-AID.

Note:  The IRS-DRT did not go down until after Purdue’s March 1st, 2017 priority FAFSA filing date, so that date has not been extended. 

Summer Employment at Purdue

Is your student looking for a summer job on or around campus?  The Student Employment Services website is a good place to start. Current students can view any job postings submitted to our office and follow the directions listed to apply. Purdue’s Student Life area also lists campus job openings.

Federal Work-Study eligible students will be able to see their summer awards on their myPurdue account and must:

  1. Find and secure a job with a Work-Study eligible employer
  2. Pick up a Payroll Authorization Form (PAF) in Schleman Hall, Room 302
  3. Turn in their PAF form to their campus employer’s payroll clerk
  4. Work their scheduled hours to earn wages (Earnings paid on a biweekly schedule)

Students can contact Student Employment Services at 765-494-5056, Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm (Eastern) with their employment questions.

Other News

State Street Closed Through Campus

State Street Redevelopment Project construction is underway. This work will close a portion of State Street and significantly affect surrounding thoroughfares in West Lafayette. For construction and project information, visit www.statestreetwl.com.

Spring Commencement -Upcoming Key Date!

Families of Spring 2017 Candidates- Will your student participate in spring commencement? If your student is participating in the Spring Commencement Exercises, they must indicate their participation in their myPurdue account by April 14. This is also the date by which they have to order guest tickets. More.

Senior Send Off

The Purdue Alumni Association invites May and August 2017 graduates to celebrate their graduation at Senior Send Off on Wednesday, April 19. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET in the Armory. Students can register here until Monday, April 17.

Purdue CCO- Just In Time Job Fair

Is your student still searching for a summer internship or a full-time position? The Just in Time Job Fair on Tuesday, April 14, is the last opportunity in the spring semester for companies interested in meeting with Purdue students to fill both full-time and internship opportunities. Open to all students in all majors.

2017 “Why I Love Purdue Libraries” Video Contest Winners

This past semester, Purdue University Libraries launched its 4th annual “Why I Love Purdue Libraries” video contest and finalized its winners early this spring. The contest was open to all current, enrolled Purdue University students. All video entries had to follow specific rules and guidelines and be 1-3 minutes in length. Winners were selected by the Undergraduate Student Libraries Advisory Council (USLAC) and winners were finalized by Libraries associate deans, director of strategic communication and the Dean of Libraries. There were 11 entries. More.

Think Summer

There’s a new way for students and families to learn much more about some of the summer courses being offered at Purdue. Our faculty have put together special web pages with sneak previews of their courses. It’s one more way the University is helping students Think Summer.

University Residences anticipates record occupancy again

Purdue University Residences anticipates opening in August for a third year in a row with over 100 percent occupancy.

This is due in part to successful academic alignment, which attracted upper-division students to return to campus and an anticipated large freshman enrollment for the 2017-18 academic year. In an effort to help facilitate student success, University Residences will accommodate as many students as possible. More.


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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