Welcome to the Division of Financial Aid

We're here to help students and families find ways to eliminate financial barriers to a Purdue education. To do this, we've cut the jargon — no more lawyer-speak. (Well, as little as possible. If you don't understand something, just ask.) Here we'll walk you through learning about types of financial aid available, how to apply for aid, how to keep your aid and — through our MyMoney website — ways to manage your finances throughout the college experience.

We are now offering virtual counseling!

We are excited to announce new virtual counseling opportunities through Zoom. Counselors will be available on the dates and times listed below, and will happily “visit” with you. Just click the link during the appointment time, and pop into our virtual lobby.  The host will move you into a virtual counseling room where you can speak privately with a financial aid counselor.  No appointments are necessary – just stop in when it’s convenient for you.  We look forward to serving you in this new environment.

Monday-Friday from 12 pm to 4 pm

(Our office will be closed entirely from December 21, 2020 to January 4, 2021).

Note: All times listed are Eastern DST. 

Division of Financial Aid Office Hours

Starting on November 16, 2020 and to January 11, 2021 our office (Schleman Hall, Room 305) will be closed to walk-in visitors. 

In-person counseling will be available by appointment only November 16 through December 18, 2020.  Email facontact@purdue.edu to make an in-person counseling appointment, Monday - Friday, from 9am to 4pm.  Only one person at a time may enter our office for a scheduled appointment.  Masks are required.

You may continue to contact us via email at facontact@purdue.edu, or call us at 765-494-5050, Monday-Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

(Our office will be closed entirely from December 21, 2020 to January 4, 2021.  Our lobby will reopen Monday - Friday, 10am to 5pm starting January 11, 2021).

Note: All times listed are Eastern DST.

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CARES Act

You may have read that the U.S. Congress, in its coronavirus relief legislation, provided funds to help students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Purdue recognizes, as Congress did, that you may have incurred unexpected expenses as a result of COVID-19. The application provides an opportunity for you to recover related expenses for such items as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. Please see the application for additional details. We will make every effort to assist you in getting reimbursed for those expenses if they are allowable under guidance from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid and if sufficient funds are available. 

To make this “CARES Act” funding available to Purdue students, we have established a CARES Act Emergency Funding application, which can be accessed at purdue.scholarshipuniverse.com. Once you log in to ScholarshipUniverse with your Purdue Career Account credentials, you can search for the CARES Act Emergency Funding application in the search bar at the top of the site.

To be eligible, you must have a FAFSA on file with the Division of Financial Aid or be eligible to file a FAFSA. Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in the federal student aid programs may receive emergency financial aid grants. If you have not filed a FAFSA, more detailed eligibility information is outlined at the beginning of the application.

Please note: The CARES Act Emergency Funding application for fall is currently open, for COVID-19 related expenses incurred between August 2020 and December 2020 due to COVID-19.

CARES Act Reporting

The following information is provided to comply with the Department of Education's CARES Act reporting requirements.

Report date: October 7, 2020

1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Purdue University signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education on April 20, 2020.

2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. $11,294,398.00

3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and this information must also be updated no later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter (September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30)). $1,510,032 (we are currently reveiwing emergency grant applications for fall 2020)

4. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 31,683

5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 1,826

6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. The application requires the student to indicate which of the federally approved conditions for funding they meet and the dollar amount of impact they experienced. Allowable expenses are for housing, food, course materials, technology costs, health care, child care, and other expenses. Students are asked to provide an explanation for the requested funding, which is used to determine eligibility.

7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. An email was sent to eligible students on May 12, 2020 with instructions to apply:

"To be eligible, you must have a FAFSA on file with the Division of Financial Aid or be eligible to file a FAFSA. Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in the federal student aid programs may receive emergency financial aid grants. If you have not filed a FAFSA, more detailed eligibility information is outlined at the beginning of the application. To read more about eligibility and to complete the funding application, please visit purdue.scholarshipuniverse.com. Once you log in to ScholarshipUniverse with your Purdue Career Account credentials, you can search for the CARES Act Emergency Funding application in the search bar at the top of the site."

 

HEERF CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for Institutional Funding

CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1)

September 30 Quarterly Report - Institutional Portion

Purdue University was awarded $11,294,398 of CARES funding under section 18004(a)(1) of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the Coronavirus.  As of September 30, 2020, the total amount of CARES expenses eligible for reimbursement is $1,462,858 (equal to the September 30, 2020 Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students) .  The required quarterly budget and expenditure report for expenses eligible for reimbursement can be accessed through the link below:

September 30, 2020 HEERF Budget and Expenditure Report, Eligible for Draw

As of September 30, 2020, the total expenses that meet eligibility requirements under CARES are $23,526,302.  Additional eligible expenses are expected to be incurred throughout the remainder of the eligibility period under CARES.  The link below provides a report for informational purposes reflecting total expenses, a portion of which is currently eligible for reimbursement with the remainder reimbursable at a later date, all subject to the maximum award of the CARES grant of $11,294,398:

September 30, 2020 HEERF Budget and Expenditure Report, Total Expenses (Informational)

Financial Aid and COVID-19: FAQs

2020-2021 Online Instruction Option

As you may have noticed, Purdue University has created an online option for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 amidst the coronavirus pandemic. If you are considering an online option and also wondering how many credit hours you may want to take, reviewing the questions below can help you determine how your financial aid could be affected. Please do not hesitate to contact our office at 765-494-5050 or facontact@purdue.edu if you have questions about this option.  Additional information on the on-campus and online options for Current Students can be found online.  

How will attending only online classes affect my cost of attendance? Your Cost of Attendance will be reduced by the same amount as the reduction made to your tuition.  Additionally, if you had indicated on your 2020-21 FAFSA that you would be living on campus, we will reduce your housing and food allowance. You will not be billed for housing and food. The amount is allotted to offset your out-of-pocket expenses.

How is my financial aid impacted if I change credit hours while enrolled in the online option?  Students enrolled in the online cohort for fall and spring are billed per credit hour by the Office of the Bursar, any financial aid that is specific to tuition and fees (i.e. Boiler Affordability Grant or Twenty-First Century Scholarship) will be reviewed and updated as needed prior to the start of the semester.  The adjustments to financial aid will reflect the changes to the invoice, which means that there will not be a negative impact on the total amount of aid or potential refund based on adjustments to tuition-related funding.

How will attending less than 12 credit hours affect my eligibility for the Presidential, Trustee, or Emerging Leader Scholarship? As long as you are enrolled in at least 9 credit hours, you are able to receive your Purdue merit scholarship.

How will attending less than 12 credit hours affect my eligibility for the Pell Grant? Your Pell Grant must be pro-rated based on hours of attendance. You will receive roughly ¾ the amount of your original Pell Grant for attending 9-11 credit hours per term, ½ the amount for attending 6-8 credit hours per term, and ¼ the amount for attending between 1-5 credit hours per term.

How will attending less than 12 credit hours affect my eligibility for the Twenty-first Century Scholarship or the Frank O’Bannon Higher Education Grant? When using Indiana state aid, you must keep in mind the minimum enrollment hours and credit completion requirements for your particular program. More information can be found regarding credit completion at https://www.in.gov/che/4887.htm. More information regarding minimum credit hours of enrollment per term can be found at https://www.in.gov/che/4498.htm.

How will attending less than 12 credit hours affect my eligibility for my private scholarship? Every scholarship donor has different requirements, so it is best to reach out to your specific donor to learn more.

How will attending less than 12 credit hours affect my eligibility for Federal Loans? You are able to borrow if attending at least part-time (6 or more hours for undergrads and professional students, 4 or more hours per term for grads).  If your cost of attendance is reduced, your loan eligibility may also be reduced to stay within your Estimated Cost of Attendance.

How will attending less than 12 credit hours affect my eligibility for my private Loans? Most private lenders will allow you to borrow if attending at least part-time (6 or more hours for undergrads and professional students, 4 or more hours per term for grads).  If your cost of attendance is reduced, your loan eligibility may also be reduced to stay within the Estimated Cost of Attendance.

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Can I qualify for additional aid if I am experiencing income loss due to COVID-19? If you experience income loss such as a job change or job loss due to COVID-19, contact the Division of Financial Aid to see if a special circumstance appeal is a possibility. A financial aid counselor will use information that you provide to see if processing an appeal may change the student’s aid. Please note that you must be out of work or experiencing the income loss for at least 8 weeks for us to be able to consider it a special circumstance.

Are there COVID-19 related benefits for federal student loan borrowers? Current borrowers or borrowers in repayment should refer to the Department of Education's COVID-19 FAQs for updates: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus.

Are there changes to withdraw/drop deadlines? Yes. The fall 2020 deadline to drop a course has been extended from October 26 to December 4.  See the Office of the Registrar, Fall 2020 Drop/Add Dates site for updates.  Please note that the decision to drop a course could impact financial aid status and time to graduation.

Are there changes to the way courses are graded? Yes. The fall 2020 deadline to switch from receiving a letter grade to pass/not pass has also been extended to December 4, with advisor approval.  A student who is enrolled in a course under the P/NP option has the same obligations as those who are enrolled in the course for credit with a letter grade.  The minimum grade to receive a "P" is defined as a C-.  Unlike spring 2020, all established regulations and requirements regarding the use of P/NP to meet degrees, admission requirements, and pre-requisite requirements apply.  P/NP grades are not used in computing GPA's.  Please see more about regulations here.   

How will my merit scholarship be affected if I choose the pass/no pass option for grading? If you choose the pass/no pass grading option for spring, your most recent cumulative GPA will be looked at when we renew merit scholarships. This could mean we will be looking at the cumulative GPA from the fall.

If my merit scholarship is not renewed, can I appeal that decision? Yes. For extenuating circumstances or circumstances due to COVID-19 events, students may submit a merit scholarship appeal for review.

Will my Pell Grant be affected? Federal funding such as Pell and SEOG will not be affected with the change in method of instruction.

What happens if my study abroad program is canceled? Students should check with Purdue Study Abroad for any updates on spring 2021 programs.

Can I still work in a Federal Work-Study (FWS) position? Campus is currently open, and while some instruction will happen online, residential/campus student employees may still work in FWS jobs.  Online only students will be considered to work on campus, but must comply with all components of the Protect Purdue Plan.

If I choose not to accept a Federal Work-Study position, will my financial aid be affected? Other than no longer receiving a paycheck for your Work-Study job, your aid will not be affected as long as you remain enrolled in classes. Deciding not to work is your choice. If your wish was to continue working, but you are unable to work your position for some reason, please contact the Division of Financial Aid via phone or email (765-494-5050, facontact@purdue.edu).

Resources for Veterans

Below are some links to information and services Purdue University provides for our Military Veteran students.

http://www.tattoovisit.com/veterans/admissions/financialAid.html

http://www.tattoovisit.com/veterans/admissions/benefits.html

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