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.
- 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.
- 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 Amazon.com partnership, totaling more than of $2.2 million.