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Purdue Affordability

A degree from Purdue Engineering is an investment in your future. There are many ways to fund this investment, including but not limited to scholarships. This page provides information about financial aid, scholarships, and student loans, as well as paid coops, internships and research opportunities.

Tuition and Fees

The estimated cost of attendance for 2014-2015 at Purdue University varies depending on factors such as where a student chooses to live, travel expenses, food costs, enrollment in a specific program or college/school, etc. For the most current and detailed information please visit the Undergraduate Admissions Tuition and Fees page. The Division of Financial Aid office has an online calculator to help in estimating your actual family contribution.

Additional information can be found in the Division of Financial Aid's guide, Paying for Purdue: A Guide for You And Your Family.

Financial Aid

To apply for federal, state, and Purdue University student aid programs, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA must be filed annually to be eligible for aid with a March 1 priority-filing deadline.

The Purdue University, West Lafayette,
Federal School Code for the FAFSA is 001825

In-depth information about the financial aid application process can be found on the Division of Financial Aid's website.

*It is important to note that some merit-based scholarships are contingent upon having the FASFA completed.

Scholarships & Grants

All first-time college students who have a completed Purdue admission application by November 8th and are admitted to Purdue will be considered for merit-based scholarships. All information associated with the admission application is reviewed for scholarship consideration. Purdue Engineering supports the scholarships for students admitted to engineering and is involved in the selection process. For details, please visit the Undergraduate Admissions Freshman Scholarships pages. A number of Purdue Engineering scholarships are awarded based on information provided via a separate electronic scholarship application.  This online application is used to identify candidates for awards that have very specific criteria, including a financial-need component.  To be considered, incoming admitted students should complete the online scholarship application by February 3, 2014. Deadline has passed. Another excellent resource for Scholarships & Grant information is Purdue's Division of Financial Aid. DFA administers a few scholarships which require an application specifically for Engineering students. The 2014-15 applications are available on the Division of Financial Aid website.

Important Dates: Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarship Deadlines

November 8th

Firm admission application deadline for Purdue's scholarships. To meet the deadline, the admission application must be complete by this date. A complete application includes all required items: common application, Purdue questions, common application writing supplement, letter of recommendation, ACT and/or SAT test score (including writing sent from testing agency, high school transcript, and application fee.


December 16th- February 1st

A number of Purdue's scholarships are awarded based on information provided via a separate scholarship application. This application is used to identify candidates for awards that have very specific criteria, including a financial-need component. To be considered, admitted students should complete the online scholarship application by February 1, 2014. The application will be available on the Division of Financial Aid website beginning December 16, 2013.

Financial Aid

March 1st

Preferred deadline to file a FAFSA (apply online)

April 1st

Students who completed a FAFSA and (financial aid file is complete) and/or received a scholarship will receive a financial aid award notification.


External Scholarships

We encourage students to explore all of the scholarship opportunities available to them. A great place to start is with the community service organizations you are a member of such as Boy/Girl Scouts, 4-H, high schools, faith-based organizations and more. Many engineering professional organizations such as IEEE, IBE, SAE, and SWE offer scholarships. Other scholarship opportunities can be found at or International students may wish to review for resources and scholarship opportunities.


Loans provide an opportunity for families to spread out college costs over a repayment period. Most student loans provide an opportunity for deferment of principal payment until after graduation or until the student ceases to be enrolled at least half time in a degree-seeking program. Most parent loans require payment while the student is in college. The Division of Financial Aid offers detailed information about the loan application process and types of loans that are available to Purdue students and their parents.

Co-Ops, Internships, and Research

In addition to scholarships and loans, students are earning money to put towards school while gaining valuable work experience through Co-Ops, internships, and research. These opportunities also help to open doors when it comes to full-time careers after graduation. In fact approximately 91% of our students are placed within the first six months after graduation, with about 70% going into the workforce, while about 21% are going on to higher levels of education, including med-school, law school, MBA, and MS in Engineering.

When it comes to Co-Ops and internships, the average income for our engineering students ranges from $10,000-$15,000 per semester/summer. The paid research opportunities are also highly competitive when it comes to compensation and experience gained. When it comes to Co-Op opportunities, Purdue is one of the few colleges that allows students to start work after their freshman year, giving our students a slight edge by the time they are in their junior or senior year.

Links for More information about Co-Ops, Internships, and Research