Payments by Outside Organizations

For the benefit of both you and your donor, all payments from private donors and other outside organizations need to be processed through Purdue University. Even if a check is made out only to you, it needs to be processed through the University.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT cash donor checks first and then send us a new check. This check cannot be processed as a scholarship/private award. We must process the original check.

All checks should be sent to:

Purdue University
Outside Awards
128 Memorial Mall, Room 194
West Lafayette IN 47907-2040

If you wish, you can bring your check to the Office of the Bursar, located in Room 194 of Stewart Center, or have your donor complete and return our outside award donor form along with the check.

Be sure to put your Purdue ID number on the front of the check. If it is made payable to you, or to you and Purdue University, you will need to sign the back of the check. Be sure to include a copy of any documentation your donor sent to you with the check. All checks over $1,500 will be split between your fall and spring semester unless you provide documentation from your donor that says it is all for one semester.

Once a check is received, it will be processed by the Office of the Bursar and then validated by the Division of Financial Aid. This process can take 7-10 business days during busy times — mid-July through the end of September and mid-December through the end of February. During non-busy times, the process takes about 5-7 business days to appear on your account.

To speed the process along, please make sure your information (name, Purdue ID number, and signature if necessary) is correct on the check and that the necessary documentation is included with your check. Also, make sure to report your anticipated award through the Division of Financial Aid.

For more information about processing of outside awards, please use the email address: to contact us or call us at 765-494-5371.