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 participating in Summer Start who meets the following requirements will earn up to $1,000 in scholarship money for the 2020-2021 academic year. Data suggests that all Purdue students benefit from these experiences.  In fact, Summer Start students who completed all of their requirements during Fall 2018 earned an average GPA that was .58 points higher than Summer Start students who did not complete the activities - all while earning more than $20 per hour.

Summer 2020 - Successfully earn a 3.00 or higher GPA during Summer Start, participate in all Catalyst Learning Community (LC) events, attend PSUB activities, and complete two coaching meetings ($500 for Fall 2020)

Fall 2020 - Complete two coaching meetings, attend at least 8 Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions or COSINE sessions, enroll in GS 12001, and participate in a combination of at least 8 Catalyst LC events or campus events during Fall 2020 ($300 for Spring 2021)

Spring 2021 - Complete two coaching meetings, participate in at least 4 Catalyst LC events or campus events, and attend at least 4 SI sessions or COSINE sessions ($200 for Summer 2021)

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 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2020, to maximize your eligibility for free money. This is the only FAFSA you will need for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021.

The first round of fall financial aid award notifications will go out during February 2020 and roll out from there each week. Summer term aid awarding begins during March and will roll out each week as well.

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 12, 2020.

    Admissions Checklist

    "This is a great program for students to adapt to college life without the stress that the fall semester brings. We appreciated that there were no extra program costs – just the regular tuition/fees we’d normally pay for seven summer credits. We are also appreciative that Summer Start students can earn up to $1,000 in scholarship money."

    Summer Start Students

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