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November 2019 Newsletter

Parents & Families,

If you were able to make it to campus for Family Weekend, we hope you enjoyed your time on campus and was able to make great memories with your Boilermaker.

We would like to thank everyone who attended this year and we look forward to seeing you next year– watch for an announcement in January for 2020 Family Weekend – that’s right - January! If you haven't already provided feedback from Family Weekend 2019, please do so here. The survey will be available until November 22nd, at 5:00 p.m.

If you were unable to make it to campus for Family Weekend 2019, we are sure you are counting down the moments until you have your Boilermaker with you during upcoming University breaks. During that time, when you talk to your students, recall the email message from the Dean of Students, Dr. Sermersheim, about resources on campus as they navigate a busy time on campus as the semester wraps up and finals approach. We all have a bad day, and having someone on campus to talk things through can turn a bad day into good. If your student is struggling, there is help at Purdue, many of which are mentioned in the letter from the Dean. However, if you are ever concerned about your student, be sure to refer to this Student of Concern Guide.

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Reminder- FAFSA

Families interested in receiving financial aid (including federal loans) at Purdue University for the 2020-2021 academic year can now file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For maximum consideration, the student FAFSA must be received by Purdue’s priority filing date, March 1, 2020.

The 2020-21 FAFSA will look two years back using 2018 tax data. This 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 2018 IRS tax return information. 

Students and families can visit to complete their FAFSA. 

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

11 Common FAFSA® Mistakes

Center for Career Opportunities

A friendly reminder from The Center for Career Opportunities  - staff are available for drop in appointments this semester Monday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm. Drop in appointments consist of a 10-15 minute conversation with CCO staff who are ready to answer your questions related to resume, cover letter, LinkedIn, email etiquette, job negotiation or other career related questions. Students can also schedule an appointment specific meeting with a Career Consultant through BoilerConnect.

Here’s one thing you can do to make sure your Purdue student is IT-ready

This holiday season, before you give the gift of a new phone or tablet, give the gift of preparation. All Purdue students should be signed up for BoilerKey self-recovery, and if they’re not give them a friendly reminder. It’s free!

BoilerKey, Purdue’s version of two-factor authentication, protects your student’s digital treasures and Purdue’s. Financial aid information, health data, grades and other sensitive information benefit from two layers of security: something your student knows and something they have. More.

University Residences Room Change Request, Semester Cancel and Voluntary Cancellation

Students currently residing in University Residences received an email notification from housing on Friday, October 4th with information on next steps shall they not be returning to Purdue for the spring term, if they wish to change rooms for the spring term, or if they want to voluntary cancel their room and board. Students may inquire about additional information or pick up forms (second semester cancellation requests, interhall transfer forms and same hall room change request forms) at their assigned hall’s main office. Inquiry regarding voluntary cancellation for second semester must be made prior to the student’s departure in December at

University Residences Winter Break Housing

University Residences will be closed for winter recess starting at noon December 16th through January 9th. During this time, students have the option to sign up for room only-interim housing. Room only-interim housing is available to students wishing to stay during the break for an additional charge of $500, as room and board charges do not cover this scheduled vacation period (except for Purdue Village, Hilltop Apartments and UR Boiler Apartments). Students living in University Residences who wish to stay over the break may remain in their current room for an additional charge of $500. The deadline to sign up for Winter Break housing is December 16, 2019. Pre-registration is required for anyone staying over break. For more information visit the Winter Break Housing website.

On- and Off- Campus Housing for 2020-21

Thank you to all of the families who attended the Housing Expo during Family Weekend to hear from campus partners from University Residences, Off-Campus Student Services, Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life and Student Legal Services and learn more of the different options on- and off- campus options. As the semester wraps up, many students have already begun the process of determining where they will live for the 2020-21 academic year. If your student is currently living off campus or plans to next year, Off Campus Housing and Student Legal Services has some things for students to keep in mind about renting off campus.

For students staying on campus for the 2020-21 academic year, current residents of University Residences had an opportunity to select where they will be living on-campus beginning at noon, November 1, 2019 through contract renewal. Contract Renewal is a phased process – based upon where the resident currently lives and their current University classification. With the exception of November 1, 2019, each phase becomes active at 8:30 a.m. and remains active until the end of the contract renewal process, which is February 28, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. There are two options of contract renewal for students: Return to Your Same Room and Move to a Different Room. More information about contract renewal can be found on the Contract Renewal FAQ page.

Cooperative Housing Recruitment

Congratulations of the success of your student and their achievements that are yet to come here at Purdue University. The Purdue Cooperative Council, made up of nearly 400 students in 11 houses, is actively seeking new members to join our community.  As your student has experienced, Purdue offers many opportunities for you to continue your education and grow as an individual. Cooperative Housing is a unique housing experience available here at the West Lafayette campus for students to engage and learn.

Purdue University offers three main types of housing: Cooperative Housing, Fraternity and Sorority Housing, and University Residences. We encourage your student to consider being a member of Cooperative Housing, where they will find a living experience that provides many benefits to its members. On a campus of over 40,000 undergraduate students, the Cooperative community provides a unique opportunity to be a part of a select group of 400 high achieving students. More.

Winter Commencement

Do you have a Boilermaker graduating this December? If so, you are probably counting down the days to commencement. Be sure to review information on the Commencement website.

Spring Commencement

Spring commencement dates have been announced!

Division I -- Friday, May 15, 2020, 3:00 p.m. Eastern

  • Graduate School (All Schools and Colleges) (Limit 3 guest tickets)

Division II -- Friday, May 15, 2020, 7:00 p.m. Eastern

  • Liberal Arts
  • Science

Division III -- Saturday, May 16, 2020, 9:30 a.m. Eastern

  • Education
  • Health and Human Sciences (includes DAUD and DNP)
  • Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Division IV -- Saturday, May 16, 2020, 2:00 p.m. Eastern

  • Management
  • Polytechnic Institute

Division V -- Sunday, May 17, 2020, 9:30 a.m. Eastern

  • Agriculture
  • Engineering (Agricultural & Biological, Materials, Mechanical)
  • Pharmacy (DP)

Division VI -- Sunday, May 17, 2020, 2:00 p.m. Eastern

  • Engineering (Aeronautics and Astronautics, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Construction, Electrical and Computer, Environmental and Ecological, Industrial, Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary, Nuclear)

Summer Commencement

All Schools and Colleges - Saturday, August 8, 2020, 9:30 a.m. Eastern


November 27-30, Thanksgiving Vacation (No Classes)

December 7, Classes End

December 8, Schedule of Classes published for Summer 2020 Term

December 9-14, Final Exams

December 14, Semester Ends (9:00 p.m.)

December 15, Fall Commencement

January 13, Spring Semester Classes Begin

See the full 2019-2020 academic calendar

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