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Purdue University offers many ways to help students pay for their education at the University. Students are encouraged to fill out their FAFSA forms early to be considered for as much need-based aid as possible.


In addition to freshman merit scholarships, the Division of Financial Aid at Purdue University awards need-based aid to students. This aid comes in the form of a package that can include federal work-study, scholarships,  federal, state, and institutional grants and federal/private student and/or parent loans. Purdue is proud to provide students the Boiler Affordability Grant which is a grant available through Purdue University for undergraduate students and based upon need. Purdue provides links and information on outside scholarships for students looking supplement their tuition bill even more. Additionally, there are financial aid opportunities for military students, those wishing to studying abroad, international students, and transfer students.


Students can find out more information about federal work-study job opportunities as well as non-work-study opportunities for part-time employment through the student employment office.

Students who are thinking of pursuing their education during the summer may be able to receive summer aid.


Purdue University’s Purdue Research Foundation offers a unique funding program to help students who may need additional funds to help pay for their Purdue education. The Back a Boiler Income Share Agreement (ISA) provides limited funding to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who need additional help paying for college. It prevents students from having to supplement with student or parent loans. Once an ISA is established, the funds that are made available are then required to be paid back after graduation (with a bit of interest) and based on students’ incomes. Students are then able to pay back the funds with flexibility and not under the duress of student loan payments and stress. Students are encouraged to check out the Income Share Agreement (ISA) program and its Frequently Asked Questions. Even incoming freshman will find this information helpful because they, too, will be upperclassmen in no time.


Students can access several tools and informational resources through the "Before Accepting Loans" page. There is also a helpful resource to maximize scholarship consideration in addition to a Purdue University net price calculator and a loan fee calculator that is available to prospective students.


The Purdue Center for Healthy Living Page provides a helpful link called "No Cost Wellness." This page links to a variety of no-cost resources to help students to take care of themselves. Resources include workshops, articles, telephonic wellness services among many others.


My Money is a Purdue University Financial Literacy platform to help educate students on a variety of money management matters and skills. There is a wealth of information on this page including links to connect on social media via a My Money Twitter account. This page contains articles on money management, debt, loan management, budgeting, paying for college, among others. There is also a blog available with archives of helpful articles ranging in subject, but all related to financial management. Students can access this helpful My Money PDF.


The Purdue University Libraries page contains a comprehensive list of financial literacy related resources. This page provides links to not only Purdue University pages to help guide students, but also lists a library or helpful financial-related articles and links to outside personal financial management websites for further educational opportunities. Students can access a financial literacy presentation on this page, too. This page also links to Purdue's Advocacy and Support Center which provides a plethora of resources and services to students and families needing support as a result of a variety of challenges or hardships, including financially-related ones.

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