Summer Start Costs and Aid

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to understand the costs and financial aid options for  — as well as the benefits of — Summer Start. One big advantage you have with being a Summer Start student is that you’ll already have credits under your belt before you even begin the fall semester of your freshman year!

There is no program fee for Summer Start. We simply charge the regular rate for summer tuition & fees.

Estimated Costs for Summer Start
(seven credit hours)
Indiana Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees $2,498 $7,198.50
Room/Board/Meals (13 meals per week)  $1,250 $1,250
Total $3,748 $8,448.50

Note: All University fees are subject to change without notice and some colleges at Purdue will add in differential fees to their rates.


Each student who (limited to those completing Summer Start as a condition of their admission offer) has the opportunity to earn up to $1,000 in scholarship money to be applied to their 2018/2019 academic year tuition, fees and/or other expenses!

  • successfully earn a 3.00 or higher GPA during Summer Start, attend Friday workshops, participate in summer learning community events, and complete two coaching meetings ($500 for Fall 2018)
  • complete two coaching meetings during Fall 2018 ($150 for Spring 2019)
  • attend at least 8 supplemental instruction (SI) sessions during Fall 2018 ($150 for Spring 2019)
  • complete two coaching meetings and attend 4 SI sessions during Spring 2019 ($200 for Summer 2019)

If you are already receiving full tuition and fees from an outside program, you will need to check with the Division of Financial Aid about how this will affect you.

Financial Aid

Complete the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2018, to maximize your eligibility for free money. This is the only FAFSA you will need for Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019.

The first round of fall financial aid award notifications will go out during February 2018 and roll out from there each week. Summer term aid awarding begins during March and will roll out each week as well, with Summer Start students taking priority status.

Please contact the Division of Financial Aid by email at or call 765-494- 5050 with any questions you might have about financial aid. We know it can be confusing!

Once you’re ready to pay tuition, please visit the Office of the Bursar webpage. Tuition is due July 6, 2018.

Admissions Checklist

"This is a great program for students to adapt to college life without the stress that the fall season brings.  We appreciated that there was no program cost - just the regular tuition/fees we'd normally pay for seven summer credits and a chance for them to get a $1,000 scholarship."

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