October 2017 Newsletter

It is hard to believe we are almost half way through the fall semester. By now many students have completed or are in the process of completing their first round of exams. If the results of these exams are not what your student anticipated, we want to remind you of resources available to your Boilermaker through the Academic Success Center. These resources include but are not limited to:

If your student is not sure where to go, they can start with a visit to the Office of the Dean of Students. The Office of the Dean of students can provide general support for students during their time at Purdue. Think of this office as a help desk to navigate the University. Staff is available on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Schleman Hall, room 207, and can be reached by phone at 765-494-1747. If you have concerns regarding your student (or another student), consider completing a Student of Concern Report. Staff from the Office of the Dean of Students will provide individualized outreach to the student and help form a plan addressing the concern.

*Recent article from a Purdue professor- Most students study the wrong way.

Parent & Family Connections

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Parents Fund- How You Can Help

Please consider supporting the Purdue Parents Fund this year! Your gift supports student needs such as counseling, health and wellness programs, academic support, emergency assistance, and leadership opportunities, as well as outreach efforts to Purdue families. Ginny Lorenc, a PFC Advisory Board member, donates to the Parents Fund because, “We know our dollars benefit the real needs of Boilermaker students and parents. We are confident the funds are actively providing high quality, valued events, tools and resources for parents and students.” Please consider joining Ginny by making a gift to the Purdue Parents Fund when you receive a Rally Line phone call, direct mail solicitation, or by using this link. giving.purdue.edu/parentsfund.

Rally Line to Begin Parent Calls

In the coming weeks, Purdue students will begin making calls to parents to share more about the Purdue Parents Fund and opportunities for parents and family members to give back to great programs on campus that support areas of interest for students and parents alike.

If you receive a call, we hope you enjoy talking with the student callers. If you happen to miss a phone call from a (765) number and no message is left, please know this call may have been regarding the Purdue Parents Fund and does not necessarily pertain to your student (but of course, feel free to check-in with your student!).

To learn more about this dedicated group of student fundraisers, click here.

Family Weekend 2017

Registration for Family Weekend Events opened Wednesday, August 30 at 10:00 a.m. EDT, and will close at 4:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 31. Some events have reached capacity, and waitlists have been initiated. Please note, if you place yourself on a waitlist for an event currently at capacity and space opens, you will receive an email from confirmation@attend.com notifying you of the opening, with a link good for 48 hours to secure the space. If you have not secured your space in the given time frame, it will move to the next person on the waitlist. If you are on a waitlist, be sure to watch your inbox from an email from confirmation@attend.com.


Did you know- FAFSA

Families interested in receiving financial aid (including federal loans) at Purdue University for the 2018-2019 academic year could begin to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as October 1, 2017. For maximum consideration, the student FAFSA must be received by Purdue’s priority filing date, March 1, 2018.

Instead of waiting until January-February and reporting personal and family income using previous year tax data, the 2018-19 FAFSA will look two years back and use 2016 tax data.  This change will allow most current students and their families to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to complete the FAFSA with their already completed 2016 IRS tax return information. 

Students and families can visit http://www.fafsa.gov/ to complete their FAFSA using the IRS DRT. 

Dependent students and one parent must each have a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) to complete the FAFSA filing process. If you do not have an FSAID or cannot access it, you can create, retrieve or reactivated it at https://fsaid.ed.gov.

Did You Know- CCO

With an active CCO account, students can upload their resume and edit their profile privacy to be included in Resume Books and receive emails from myCCO.

Resume Books are a feature of myCCO that allows employers to pull resumes from students who meet the criteria of a position they’re looking to fill. If your student choses to opt-in for resume books, they have the chance to receive an email or call from an employer about a position! Also, students can receive an email from CCO Career Consultants every time there is an on-campus interviewing opportunity that hasn’t received a lot of applicants so they know about the opportunity. Students will also receive the Inside Track-a weekly career newsletter that updates you on career events happening that week. To active their account, students simply need to visit the CCO website.

Summer means saving money

One of the reasons Purdue focuses so heavily on our Think Summer options is that we are truly committed to delivering Higher Education at the Highest Proven Value. By utilizing summer courses to graduate early, students can net up to $41,000.

Evening and Final Examination Times Available

Have you been waiting to make arrangements to bring your Boilermaker home for winter break? Students can now look up their final exam dates/times.

Resident Assistant (RA) Recruitment

Do you have a student interested in being an RA for University Residences? Mandatory Information sessions are underway for students interested in becoming an RA for the 2018-19 Academic year. There are a number of sessions scheduled through Sunday, October 15. Students must attend one information session to gain access to the application.


Do you have a student slated to graduate this December? There are a number of key dates and information they need to be aware of.

Division I -- Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. ET

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Liberal Arts

Division II -- Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 2 p.m. ET

  • Health and Human Sciences
  • Management
  • Pharmacy
  • Polytechnic Institute
  • Science
  • Veterinary Medicine

Note- Division Assignments have yet to be announced for Spring 2018 Commencement. Once available, an announcement will be made on the Parent & Family Connections Facebook page and in the next monthly newsletter.


October 9-10, October Break (No Classes)

November 3-5, Family Weekend

November 22-25, Thanksgiving Vacation (No Classes)

December 9, Classes End

December 11-16, Final Exams

December 16, Semester Ends

December 17, Fall Commencement

January 8, Spring Semester Classes Begin

See the full 2017-2018 academic calendar

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