Span Plan Nontraditional Student Services

Financially Independent

Span Plan determines financial independence based on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students that file their FAFSA with a status of Independent are considered nontraditional at Purdue University, West Lafayette. Students less than 24 years old are typically Dependent for the FAFSA, but there are instances where a student under that age would be considered independent.

If this describes your current status and you have not yet heard from Span Plan, please click here to fill out a short questionnaire so our team is able to connect with you!

Admission Information

Are you transferring to Purdue with college credit? Review our transfer student page for important links.

Is this your first time attending college? Visit our page designed for students with delayed college enrollment.

More Resources


Span Plan offers several academic scholarships for nontraditional undergraduate students as well as a childcare scholarship for our parenting students. The Span Plan Academic Scholarship application is due July 1 each year and the Childcare Assistance Scholarship is available each semester for our Span Plan students.

Indiana residents are encouraged to review their eligibility for the state's Adult Student Grant. If not an Indiana resident, please check with your state to determine if any grants exist that may be used for education outside of your state.

Looking for more scholarship resources? Scholarship Universe is Purdue’s resource for many departmental scholarships as well as outside scholarships. Additionally, check out our resource page to find more scholarship opportunities for nontraditional students!

Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be completed as quickly as possible when considering attendance at Purdue University. Purdue has a FAFSA filing priority date of March 1 each year (for both new and returning students). The Division of Financial Aid is a good place to visit to access their net price calculator, apply for campus wide scholarships, policies, and additional deadlines.