Scholarships FAQs

What Applications are available to nontraditional undergraduate students?

Span Plan Named Scholarships
  • Review the applications and criteria to determine your eligibility.
  • You may apply for more than one scholarship when you meet the eligibility requirements of multiple programs.
  • Deadlines are July 1.
Span Plan Scholarships for part-time students

Part-time students (enrolled 3-7 credit hours in a semester)

  • The selection to receive a part-time scholarship is based 100% on financial need; applicants with the highest financial need are awarded funding in a given semester.
  • Part-time scholarships are available for nontraditional undergraduate students only (3-7 credits in fall or spring; 3-5 credits in summer).
  • Part-time scholarships are administered and awarded every semester; a new application is required each semester you wish to be considered.
Span Plan Scholarships for student enrolled in 6 credit hours or more each semester
  • Scholarship selection is based on a combination of academic success, leadership, financial need and application strength.
  • Students are required to be in at least 6 hours each of the academic terms.
  • Scholarship applications are reviewed after July 1 and scholarships are applied the following fall and spring semesters.

How can I tell if I qualify for a Span Plan sponsored scholarship?

The application criteria for Span Plan sponsored scholarships vary. You can review them here:

How many scholarships are awarded each year?

The number of scholarships awarded annually varies depending on the number of applicants and the amount budgeted for each year.

What happens in the event that a recipient fails to register for classes, drops out of school or changes from part-time to a full-time student?

The award is forfeited by the recipient if the student’s registration status changes.

I missed the deadline; can I still apply for a grant or scholarship?

Once the deadline has passed, no late applications are accepted.

Can I apply for all scholarships?

As long as you qualify for the scholarship, you may apply for it.

Can I complete scholarship applications for both the academic year and semester scholarships during the same semester?

You can apply for all scholarships that you meet the requirements for.

Can a student attend graduate school and still apply for scholarships?

Span Plan scholarships are only awarded to undergraduate students.

FAFSA/Financial  Need

How do I demonstrate financial need?

Need is determined by the Division of Financial Aid via FAFSA OR Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), depending on your residence status. Please submit your FAFSA at least 3 weeks prior to the scholarship deadline as the Division of Financial Aid requires processing time.

Am I required to submit my FAFSA with my application?

A FAFSA must be submitted to the university, but does not need to accompany your application.

Are there grants available for full time adult non-traditional students?

The Span Plan Grant is limited to part-time students due to the requirements set by the original endowment. Contact the Division of Financial Aid regarding other grant opportunities that may be open to full time students. Depending on your academic record, you may qualify for Span Plan sponsored scholarships (please see next Q&A).

What is important to keep in mind as I apply for a Span Plan scholarship?

All applications are thoroughly reviewed to verify eligibility requirements. The final selection criterion is need. Your application will not enter the final selection process if the applicant:

  • Is registered for fewer or more hours than allowed by the scholarship;
  • Has not completed a FAFSA or if the FAFSA is incomplete;
  • Is on academic probation; or
  • Is a student at Purdue campus other than West Lafayette or Purdue Polytechnic, Lafayette.

If I work at Purdue, am I still eligible for a Span Plan scholarship?

Yes, Purdue employees are eligible to apply for Span Plan scholarships. If you are a Purdue employee or dependent of a Purdue employee, you must also complete a Form 15 and submit it to the Bursar’s Office in Hovde Hall.

When will a letter be sent to the applicants to state whether they were chosen for a Span Plan scholarship or not?

Only those receiving a scholarship will be notified.  A notice will be put on the website once decisions have been made and a process has closed.

When does the scholarship get applied?

Aid is applied at the start of the semester designated on the application.

If I want to take classes in the spring, but not in the fall, can I still apply?

Please check the scholarship criteria and deadlines to determine if you are eligible to apply.

What do I need to submit with my application for a Span Plan scholarship?

To be considered, you are required to file a FAFSA about 3 weeks prior to the grant deadline. If you are a Purdue employee or dependent of a Purdue employee you must also complete a Form 15 and submit it to the Bursar’s Office.

What grade point average is required to apply for the Span Plan grant?

Students are required to maintain a 2.25 cumulative GPA.


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