Scholarships and Financial Aid
Applicants to Purdue
Purdue University provides substantial financial aid to students. For full information, please visit Purdue's Division of Financial Aid.
Purdue also awards merit scholarships, including Trustees Scholarships and Presidential Scholarships, to qualified freshmen based on the academic information provided in the admission application. For full information, please visit Purdue's Undergraduate Admissions.
The School of Management and the College of Liberal Arts provide several merit as well as need-based scholarship for varying amounts.To maximize your consideration for all possible scholarships, complete your Purdue admissions application by November 1 and complete the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application by Feb 1.
We encourage all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA must be filed annually by March 1.
Current Purdue Students
The Purdue School of Management and the College of Liberal Arts also provide merit scholarships to outstanding continuing students. Many of these scholarships are awarded based on the Purdue University Scholarship Application, usually due by March 1. You must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher at the end of the fall semester to apply. In addition, there are several college-specific scholarships, some of which require an additional application. Students will be notified of any scholarship offer by July 1.
Presidential and Trustee Scholarship recipients must have at least a 3.0 GPA at the end of the spring semester in order to continue to receive the scholarship for the next year. Recipients must be continuously enrolled at Purdue completing at least 30 credit hours per year, including at least one full academic year in the major to which the student was originally admitted.
The Economics Department awards the Excellence in Economics Scholarship and the Watts Prize in Economics to the top junior economics majors. Most of the funds for these scholarships were donated by the Economics Department faculty. Students are automatically considered for these scholarships in the spring semester of their junior year. The scholarship funds are awarded for the senior year.
For information about additional scholarships from the School of Management (BS degree) both for freshmen and for continuing students, go to the School of Management's Scholarship Resource Center.
For information about additional scholarships from the College of Liberal Arts (BA degree) both for freshmen and for continuing students, go to the College of Liberal Arts Scholarship Resource Center.
Students going to Graduate School
Graduate school is expensive. Many of our students who have gone to graduate school have been offered some form of financial aid from the program they attend. There are also several outside fellowships including NSF fellowships. These are prestigious awards given to only a few students nationally. Even if your chances of being awarded a fellowships are low, you should still apply as most graduate programs will ask you to report the outside funding you have applied for. Apply for these fellowships during your junior or senior year at Purdue. The National & International Scholarships Office at Purdue has more information about these prestigious graduate scholarships.