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Affordability and Accessibility

Purdue has set a national standard for prioritizing student affordability and accessibility. Scroll down to learn more about the University's achievements in this area.

Attending Purdue costs less today than in 2012.

A Hard Freeze on Costs

With the move by Purdue University President Mitch Daniels to call for a hold on tuition for a 10th year in a row, and through the 2022-23 academic year, students on the West Lafayette campus will be paying nearly the same in tuition and fees as they were in 2012-13.

That means at least eight graduating classes will earn their Purdue degrees without ever having seen their tuition increase … and the last time there was a tuition increase at Purdue, today’s freshmen were in elementary school. The bottom line: The number of Purdue students who graduated debt-free in 2018-19 was 59% compared with 39% nationally. Annual student borrowing at Purdue has been reduced by $59 million between 2012 and 2020, and total student loan amounts are now below 2013 levels.

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Back a Boiler available to sophomores starting in 2017

Back a Boiler expands

Purdue’s unique program, Back a Boiler – ISA Fund, offers students an alternative to traditional private or Parent PLUS loans. All students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors in the coming academic year qualify to apply for funds. The program provides money that they pay back based on what they earn after graduation.

The bottom line: funding for school that doesn’t accrue interest. For more information visit or call the Purdue Division of Financial Aid at 765-494-5050. To apply, create an account at Applications are accepted year-round.

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