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January 2020 Newsletter

Parents & Families,

In his annual open letter to the Purdue community, President Mitch Daniels addresses the top issues facing our university and higher ed at large — including a nationwide decline in college enrollment, the shortage of qualified underrepresented minority students, student debt, and the prospect of compensating student athletes — and how Purdue plans to address these and other matters strategically in the new year.

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Family Weekend 2020

The wait is almost over! The dates for Family Weekend 2020 will be released this month! Watch for a save the date in your inbox in the coming weeks.

Parent & Family Connections is looking for students to join the 2020 Family Weekend Student Planning Committee. The application site is now open and available until January 19th. If your student is interested, encourage them to visit the Student Planning Committee website for further details.

Did You Know – 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

Families may contact the Division of Financial Aid via or by calling 765-494-5050, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (Eastern) with any financial aid related questions.

Information for 1098T

Purdue now reports in Box 1 of the 1098T which represents the amount of QTRE paid during the year.

Depending on the students’ income (or family income, if the student is a dependent), whether the student is considered full or half-time enrolled, and the amount of the qualified educational expenses for the year, the student maybe eligible for a federal education tax credit. (Detailed information about claiming education tax credits are available in IRS Publication 970, page 9. -- currently points to 2018 tax information, but should be updated after the first of the year)

The dollar amounts reported on the Form 1098-T may assist in completing IRS Form 8863 – the form used for calculating the education tax credits that a taxpayer may claim as part of their tax return.

Purdue University is unable to provide individual tax advice, but should you have questions, you should seek the counsel of an informed tax preparer or adviser. 

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Spring Commencement


January 13, Spring Semester Classes Begin

January 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No Classes)

January 21, Last day to register without a late fee (5:00 p.m.)

January 27, Last day to cancel a course assignment without it appearing on record

March 9, Second eight-week courses begin

March 16, Schedule of classes published for Fall 2020 Term

March 16-21, Spring Vacation

May 2, Classes end

May 4-9, Final Exams

May 9, Semester ends

May 15-17, Commencement

See the full 2019-2020 academic calendar

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