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Mid-November 2020 Newsletter

COVID-19 Information from Purdue

Although we are continuing to keep families updates with information sent to the Purdue community, for the most up-to-date information and FAQ's please visit the Protect Purdue website, and the Purdue COVID-19 Dashboard.

Protect Purdue guidance on fall departure, transition to remote instruction and winter break procedures

In preparation for the upcoming transition to remote instruction, Thanksgiving holiday, and winter break period, the University provides the following guidance for all students, faculty and staff on the West Lafayette campus. Reminder for information shared on November 12, 2020.

Video: Students encouraged to protect Purdue in study spaces

As the weather gets colder and students look to indoor spots to study, Purdue reminds students to be aware of the Protect Purdue guidelines to keep themselves and others safe in shared spaces. Information on indoor study spaces and dining locations also is available.

CARES Act Funding Available

Under the CARES Act, Congress established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). This fund provides emergency financial aid grants to cover student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. The application provides an opportunity for you to recover related expenses for such items as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. Please see the application for additional details.

To make this “CARES Act” funding available to Purdue students, we have established a CARES Act Emergency Funding application, which can be accessed at Once you log in to ScholarshipUniverse with your Purdue Career Account credentials, you can search for the CARES Act Emergency Funding application in the search bar at the top of the site.

If you have questions, please contact the Division of Financial Aid at 765-494-5050 or

Staff step into new Academic Case Manager roles to support Purdue students in quarantine, isolation

The chain of events that led to Purdue sophomore Michael DeHaven needing to quarantine began with a "popping" sound and some slight pain in his right ear.

DeHaven, who is studying to become a nurse, contacted the Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH) in mid-September because he suspected he had an ear infection. PUSH staff instructed DeHaven to notify the Protect Purdue Health Center (PPHC) of his symptoms, which he did. PPHC staff then instructed DeHaven to be tested for COVID-19 and not to leave his room, except to visit PUSH. Read more.

Removal of Outdoor Tents Underway

Outdoor dining, study and department-requested tents are being removed due to dropping temperatures and decreased use. All dining and study tents will be removed by the end of October, and tents requested by departments will be removed no later than the end of November. 

Information on indoor study spaces is available from Purdue Libraries. For information on indoor dining locations, visit the Purdue Dining and Culinary website.

Return-to-campus COVID-19 student testing planned for spring 2021

Purdue is making plans for return-to-campus COVID-19 testing for spring 2021, in a manner similar to the pre-arrival residential student testing conducted before the start of the fall 2020 semester. Students planning to experience the spring 2021 semester in-person will be required to complete this process

More information about Spring 2020 on-campus experience

More information about Spring 2020 online option experience

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Information for 1098T

Purdue now reports in Box 1 of the 1098T which represents the amount of Qualified Tuition & Related Expenses (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 on the IRS website, publication 970.

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. 

Please note: due to the Winter Recess, any mailed payments including 529s must be received in our office by December 17th to be processed and included on the 2020 1098-T.  Any payments made online electronically & posted by December 31, 2020 will be included.

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

For your general reference, below is a blank sample of the 2020 Form 1098-T, that you will receive electronically via the student account in January 2021. For more information and additional resources about Form 1098-T, visit the Office of the Bursar website.


Pursuing Racial Justice Together Events

The Pursuing Racial Justice Together Learning Series continues with virtual lectures from prominent journalists, award-winning researchers, and more.

Study Abroad Information Session for Parents & Families

The Study Abroad Office is hosting two information sessions for Parents & Families, which you are encouraged to join with your student. The sessions will go over how study abroad works at Purdue and include a Q&A portion where you can ask any questions you have. They are scheduled for December 2nd and there will be one from 12-1pm EST and another from 6-7pm EST. To register, go to the Study Abroad Calendar of Events.

Parent & Family Virtual Events

Parent & Family Connections is excited to continue to bring families virtual opportunities to learn more about resources at Purdue so you can best guide your student. You can view previous Virtual Events on the Parent & Family Connections YouTube Channel. Watch your inbox for information for an invitation for our next upcoming Virtual Event.

Winter Break Mental Health Resources

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will remain open, offering services remotely through December 18th.  They will continue to provide ongoing treatment services remotely to students that are in the state of Indiana through December 18th.  CAPS will continue to provide crisis and referral services to any student, regardless of location, through the 18th as well. To connect to services students will need to call CAPS directly at (765) 494-6995. Their brief screenings are available same day or next day to ensure that they connect with students as quickly as they can.

CAPS will be closed from December 18th through January 3rd. Their after-hours mental health crisis services will be available 24 hours a day during the entire winter break. To connect to this service, students will need to call (765) 494-6995, then press 1.

Given the longer winter break this year, CAPS also wanted to remind students and families of other resources that may be helpful when not meeting with a CAPS provider.

Welltrack is an interactive self-help therapy tool that is free of cost and available to ALL Purdue students.  This tool offers a mood tracker to help record information about mood, activities, places, and relationships that can help you notice patterns between moods and other variables. It offers brief video courses to address concerns with anxiety, depression, resiliency, and public speaking.  It also offers the Zen Room for mindfulness opportunities and other tools to help you learn more about your mental health.

If students are hoping to connect to a mental health provider closer to their hometown over the break, we encourage them to utilize Thriving Campus. This provider search tool is also completely free and available to ALL Purdue students. This service has a direct button on the CAPS homepage so that students can easily access it. This tool allows students to search for a mental health provider by location and offers opportunities to narrow that search by filtering other important variables such as insurance, presenting concerns, therapy approaches, and other demographic variables. It offers a help guide that can walk students through finding a provider, how to contact, and how insurance and paying for services tends to work. It also indicates which providers are offering video sessions to ensure that your physical health is protected.

Other apps and digital resources are available on the CAPS website under the services tab.

On this page, students will find links for information on relaxation, mindfulness, mood trackers, issues with stress and anxiety, addressing negative thoughts, difficulties with OCD and even brain/emotional fitness games. CAPS also has a self-help page with guided imagery and progressive muscle relaxation audio clips to help with stress and anxiety.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact CAPS to consult further.  Please see our website for more information.

Purdue’s winter commencements to celebrate accomplishments of Class of 2020

Purdue University’s on-demand winter commencements will go live the week of Dec. 7, complete with a guest speaker and student responders.

The commencements will celebrate the accomplishments of more than 2,800 students, who will hear their names called during the two ceremonies. This is the third set of commencement ceremonies that Purdue has offered on-demand due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. More.

Purdue WL community: Adverse winter weather procedures

If adverse weather conditions necessitate that a wind chill, snow or ice emergency be declared for the West Lafayette campus, special procedures pertaining to classes, operations, parking, pay and/or attendance will become effective. Carol Shelby, senior director of environmental health and public safety, describes procedures for adverse winter weather in this memo.

University Residences

Contracts for Spring 2021

Students not currently living in University Residences who want to move into University Residences for the 2021 Spring Semester may sign a spring semester housing contract.

If your student is interested in a spring housing contract, they should not delay as space is limited and available on a first come first serve basis.

The deadline to make changes or cancel a spring housing contract was November 24, 2020.

Winter Break Housing

Student interested in staying over Winter Break (December 21, 12:00pm – January 11, 8:00am) may register for winter break housing in the housing portal:

  • Students living in traditional University Residences Halls will be charged $500 to stay over break.  Unfortunately, we are unable to prorate this fee.
  • Students living in University Residences Boiler Apartments, Hilltop Apartments and Purdue Village Apartments should register to stay over Winter Break Housing but WILL NOT be billed, as this fee is already included in their rates.
  • An optional meal plan is available for an additional $450. This meal plan includes 13 meals per week and $25 Dining Dollars per week. 
  • The deadline to sign up for Winter Break Housing is December 14, 2020 and no refunds will be offered after November 24, 2020. 
  • Winter Break Housing fees will be assess to the student’s MyPurdue in January, 2021 after Winter Break.

Additional Information may be found on the Winter Break Housing page.

Students leaving Purdue University at the end of the 2020 Fall Semester

Students will need to complete a Contract Release Form. These forms will need to be submitted at student's earliest convenience and preferably no later than December 4, 2020.

Meal Plan Changes

  • Meal plan changes effective for the 2021 Spring Semester may be submitted beginning Monday, January 4, 2021 at noon.  Meal plan changes should be made in the housing contract portal.
  • The deadline to submit a request to lower the number of meal swipes is Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 11:55 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Students may increase the number of meal swipes at any time.
  • Current residents of Hawkins Hall or Hilltop Apartments who currently have a room-only plan may also add a meal plan.

Contracting for 2021-2022 Academic Year

Contract Renewal is a phased process – based upon where the resident currently lives and their current University classification. With the exception of November 3, 2020, each phase becomes active at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time and remains active until the end of the contract renewal process, which is February 28, 2021, at 11:55 p.m. Eastern Time.

For the 2021-2022 academic year:

  • Aspire and Salisbury Campus Apartments will no longer be master leased through University Residences for the upcoming academic year. Students living in these locations will receive an email regarding being in a displaced status for contract renewal.
  • Several rooms in various halls will be unavailable for returners due to changes in Learning Community usage, gender reconfiguration, or other repurposing. These residents and all Honor College and Residences spaces will be displaced. Current residents in these rooms will have priority as a displaced resident for choosing a different space.


2021-2022 Contract Renewal Phase Dates

Return to Your Same Room

November 3 (noon) – November 6, 2020

Renew Your Contract for a Different Room

  Current Seniors, Senior Specials1 and HACs2

November 11, 2020

  Current Juniors and Junior Specials1

November 13, 2020

  Displaced Residents3

November 16, 2020

  Current Sophomores and Sophomore Specials1

November 19, 2020

  Current Freshmen and Freshmen Specials1

November 23, 2020

  New Spring Semester Residents4

January 19, 2021

Deadline To Renew Your Contract


  All Students Eligible for Contract Renewal

February 28, 2021

1. Specials are students who left University Residences for Industrial Co-op, Study Abroad, called to Military Duty, or for a medical reason and plan to return to University Residences for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.  For the 2021-2022 Academic Year specials will also include those students who had signed a 2020-2021 academic year housing contract but canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2. HACs are students with approved housing accommodations.

3. A displaced resident is one whose room will not be available during the contract period. Most rooms become unavailable due to requirements for Honors College, Learning/Living Communities, or a change in space management. 

4. New spring semester residents are all students, regardless of classification, who have a signed housing contract for the spring semester online

  • Current Honors College residents who want to live in one of the designated returning Honors College spaces will be required to have a roommate from Honors College. 
  • Your student will have the opportunity to request a roommate in Contract Renewal – after the “Return to Your Same Room” phase. Very Important! If your student's roommate request is accepted, your student will also need to assign their accepted roommate request to a space with you beginning with the start date of your students current University classification phase date (see priority phase dates above).
  • If your student wants to request a new incoming beginner freshman to University Residences for the 2021-2022 Academic Year, their friend must have already started a housing contract in the new student housing contract portal for the 2021-2022 Academic Year. The new student housing contract portal will open around January 15, 2021 at noon Eastern Time.  (Note: Your student will not be able to request a current student presently living off campus or an incoming Transfer student for their roommate as these students will be required to place their name on a waiting list to sign a housing contract – if space is available after May 5, 2021.)   
  • Your student may make changes to or cancel their signed housing contract at any time during the Contract Renewal process. Contract Renewal closes February 28, 2021, at 11:55 p.m. Eastern Time, at which time all signed contracts in the system become legally binding. Beginning February 28, 2021, at 11:56 p.m. your student's signed contract for the 2021-2022 Academic Year may only be canceled if they will NOT be attending Purdue University during the 2021-2022 Academic Year contract term.
  • As a displaced resident, students will have opportunity to select an available space in Contract Renewal on November 16, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. unless they are a senior or junior, in which they will be eligible to select a different space beginning November 11, 2020 or November 13, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. respectively.


November 24, Face-to-face instruction ended

November 25-28, Thanksgiving Vacation

November 30, Remote instruction (through end of semester)

December 5, Classes end

December 7-12, Final Exams

December 12, Semester Ends

December 21- January 1, University Closed

January 19, Spring Semester Begins

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