Purdue awards freshman scholarships based on academic merit as well as financial need. For maximum consideration, students must meet admission and financial aid deadlines. See important steps for maximum scholarship consideration.
UNIVERSITY-WIDE MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS
Freshman merit scholarships are awarded based on a holistic review of all information provided via the admission application. Factors considered include:
- Grades in core academic coursework and strength of your high school curriculum (in the context of courses available at your school)
- Grades in coursework that is critical to success in your intended major
- Application essay and Purdue-specific questions
- SAT or ACT score
- Recommendation (if provided)
- Evidence of commitment to the academic program to which you applied
- Evidence of leadership, service, and other accomplishments; activities, and awards
- Personal background and experiences
- Information provided by your high school
Many Purdue colleges have need- and merit-based scholarships they award to students admitted to their programs. To be considered:
- Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to Purdue West Lafayette by Dec. 15.
- In addition, some Purdue colleges use the Supplemental Scholarship Application to identify recipients for awards with very specific criteria. Colleges include: Agriculture, Health and Human Sciences, Management and the Polytechnic Institute. This application is available via the Purdue application portal must be completed by Dec. 15.
FINANCIAL-NEED-BASED UNIVERSITY-WIDE SCHOLARSHIPS
The Purdue Division of Financial Aid administers need-based aid from federal, state and Purdue funding sources. To be considered for these scholarships and grants, you must file a FAFSA by the University’s priority filing deadline, March 1. The FAFSA is available beginning October 1.
See Important Notes below.
IMPORTANT NOTES REGARDING SCHOLARSHIPS
Purdue scholarships are highly competitive – each year about 15% of applicants receive a merit award. Awards are based on credentials and information presented at the time of application for admission and are nonnegotiable. Purdue does not match offers from other institutions and does not consider appeals for merit aid.
Applicants who request a change of major to a different disciplinary college after November 1 will remove themselves from consideration for the Trustees and Presidential scholarships. Admitted students who move to a different Purdue college after receiving the Trustees, Presidential or other scholarship from the Purdue college or school to which they are admitted will relinquish the award(s).
To receive and maintain their Purdue scholarship, recipients must:
- enroll in the academic year for which the scholarship was awarded;
- remain continuously enrolled at Purdue, including at least one full academic year in the disciplinary college to which they were originally admitted;
- meet or exceed individual scholarship renewability requirements.
Only domestic students are eligible for the scholarships described above. Domestic students include U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, permanent resident aliens, and aliens lawfully present in and able to establish domicile in the United States per federal immigration laws. International students who hold F, J, and some other visa types are not eligible.
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