Freezing Tuition and Cutting Costs

Our students and their families deserve a high-value education they can afford. With a focus on administrative efficiency, we are fitting our spending to their budgets — not the other way around — so that we can deliver the highest proven value in higher education. 


  • Set a national standard for accountability in delivering the value we promise our students.
  • Focus on campus-wide administrative efficiencies, concentrating our resources on the core objectives of the university: teaching, research and engagement.
  • Increase scholarship offerings to ensure educational opportunities for students across a broad range of academic pursuits and financial needs.
  • Expand financial literacy training for students.
  • Reduce student and parent borrowing.

Student Savings

  • 11 years of frozen tuition at 2012-13 rates through 2022-23.
  • Students and their families will have saved $1+ billion in total on educational and living expenses by 2023, vs. what they would have paid if Purdue had increased tuition and fees at national averages.
  • Purdue ranked No. 7 Best Value School in the U.S. for 2020 by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education.
  • Lowest room and board rates in the Big Ten, vs. second-highest in 2013.
  • Average Big Ten rate is up $2,300+ since 2013; Purdue is only school to lower rates during that period.
  • 3-Year Degrees offered for 55+ degrees, with more to come. Faster degree paths save students up to $19,000 in tuition while jumpstarting careers 
  • At least eight consecutive graduating classes will never experience a tuition increase while at Purdue.
  • In-state tuition would be more than $1,400 higher per year if Purdue had raised tuition at the national growth rate.

Student Debt

  • Annual student borrowing down 32% ($59 million) since 2012.
  • Nearly 60% of Purdue students graduate debt-free, vs. the national average of 39%.
  • Financial literacy efforts and affordability initiatives reduced annual student borrowing by $59 million (2012-20).
  • Borrowing levels are now below 2003 levels.

Innovating for Affordability

  • New Boiler Affordability grant will cover remaining expenses after need-based aid for qualifying Indiana resident undergraduates, allowing them to graduate debt-free.
  • Record applications and enrollment — highest overall enrollment (45,869) and freshman class (8,869) in fall 2020 amid global pandemic.
  • A record $100.2 million was raised for student support during fiscal 2019, up from the previous year’s record of $88.2 million. This brings the total to $501.9 million for student support raised during Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University.
  • More than $7 million has been generated through private giving for endowed scholarships through the Purdue Affordability Scholarship Challenge.
  • Textbook savings of an average 31% through partnership, totaling more than of $2.2 million.