Counselor Update

Kristina Wong Davis

From the Vice Provost: 

Boiler Affordability Grant - Free Aid for Indiana Residents 

It’s been mentioned in this space multiple times, but it bears repeating. Purdue is doing all it can to hold student costs flat without sacrificing the quality of their educational experience, the resources they have as Purdue students and the professional development resources available to them both during their education and after they graduate.

This isn’t marketing speak, intended to persuade you that your students should consider Purdue. It’s a promise that we mean what we say.

In our last newsletter, I mentioned the seventh consecutive year of our tuition freeze, which benefits Indiana residents as well as nonresidents. But because we are a public institution in the state of Indiana, today I want to talk about a program for our in-state students – the Boiler Affordability Grant for low- and middle-income families.

For qualified Indiana residents, the Boiler Affordability Grant covers remaining tuition, fees and estimated book expenses, or any unmet financial need, after other need-based aid has been applied.

Put simply:

  1. If Indiana students file a Free Application for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Purdue's March 1 priority deadline and are eligible for federal Pell Grants or have an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $70,000 or less, they can expect some aid money to attend Purdue.
  2. Financial aid from federal and state sources will first be applied and Purdue will cover the remaining unmet need for tuition/fees/books or the remaining unmet need for the standard cost of attendance, whichever is less.

By being based on AGI, the grant is intended to help Indiana residents more easily recognize whether they will receive any free aid at Purdue. Families can find their AGI on their federal tax returns and may use our net price calculator to get an early financial aid estimate.

While the tuition freeze benefits all students, the Boiler Affordability Grant underscores the University’s continued commitment to making a Purdue degree affordable for and accessible to Indiana residents. The program is for students at Purdue West Lafayette (including current students) who are pursuing their first bachelor's degree.

Now that the school year has started in many parts of the U.S., you’re sure to find Purdue representatives at college fairs and high school visits across the country. In addition, we’ll be online, hosting several YouTube Live events throughout the year. If you or your students want more information about applying to or opportunities at Purdue, don’t hesitate to reach out.

If you’ll be attending the NACAC conference this year, I hope you’ll make time to meet me or one of my Purdue colleagues at the Counselors’ College Fair!

Kind Regards,

Kris Wong Davis

P.S. Don't forget to check out the Need to Know section of this newsletter for information about the 2019 application and more.

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