Summer Start Costs and Aid

We want to make it as easy as possible for families to understand the costs and financial aid options for Summer Start. One big advantage of being in Summer Start is that students already have credits under their belt before the fall semester!

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

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

Estimated Costs for Summer Start
(eight credit hours)
Indiana Resident Nonresident
Tuition/Fees $2,498 $7,198.50
Room/Board/Meals (13 meals per week)  $1,250 - $1,500 $1,250 - $1,500
Total $3,748 - $3,998 $8,448.50 - $8,698.50

Scholarships

Each student participating in Summer Start has the opportunity to earn up to $1,000 in scholarship money for the 2023-2024 academic year. The following scholarship guidelines have been created to maximize student potential through engagement.  For example, Summer Start students who completed all scholarhsip requirements during Fall 2022 earned an average GPA of 3.49 versus 1.89 for those who do not participate - all while earning more than $20 per hour.

Summer 2023

By completing the following requirements, students will earn up to $200 for Fall 2023. 
  • Submit pre-arrival homework.
  • Successfully earn a GPA of 3.00 or higher.  
  • Participate in all five summer learning community events, which are held on Wednesday evenings.
  • Fully participate during orientation weekend. 
  • Complete one coaching meeting each week.
  • Attend evening study sessions.
  • Fully participate in GS 12000: Summer Start Seminar.

Fall 2023

By completing the following requirements, students will earn up to $500 for Spring 2024. 
  • Complete the assigned number of coaching meetings (4-8 based on Summer 2023 performance).  
  • Attend at least 8 academic resource sessions. These sessions are limited to COSINE, Supplemental Instruction, Writing Lab, Academic Success Center Workshops, study tables, and help rooms (Stats, Math, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology).
  • Successfully complete GS 12001: Summer Start Seminar II.
  • Participate in at least 8 Catalyst Learning Community events, campus events, or combination of the two. These events can be customized to help get students connected to campus. Sample events include participating in the video game club, Greek organizations, Reamer Club, and much more. 

Spring 2024

By completing the following requirements, students will earn up to $300 for Summer 2024. 
  • Complete the assigned number of coaching meetings (4-8 based on Fall 2023 performance).  
  • Attend at least 8 academic resource sessions. These sessions are limited to COSINE, Supplemental Instruction, Writing Lab, Academic Success Center Workshops, and help rooms (Stats, Math, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology).
  • Participate in at least 8 Catalyst Learning Community events, campus events, or combination of the two. These events can be customized to help get students connected to campus. Sample events include participating in the video game club, Greek organizations, Reamer Club, and much more. 
If students are already receiving full tuition and fees from an outside program, they will need to check with the Division of Financial Aid about how this will affect one's aid package.

Financial Aid

Complete the 2023-2024  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2023, to maximize eligibility for free money. This is the only FAFSA students need for Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Spring 2024.

Please contact the Division of Financial Aid by email at  facontact@purdue.edu  or call 765-494-5050 with any questions. We know it can be confusing!

Once families are ready to pay tuition, please visit the Office of the Bursar webpage . Tuition is due July 10, 2023.

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