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.

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.

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.

Descriptions of University-Wide Scholarships

  • Trustees Scholarship

    Value1
    $12,000-$16,000 per year (nonresidents)
    $10,000 per year (Indiana residents)

    Deadline2
    November 1 (firm)

    Criteria

    Holistic review3 – Exceptional academic achievement; leadership and service in school/community

    Renewable4 with Purdue GPA of 3.00 or higher

    Notification

    By mid-February

    Approximately 100 disbursed annually

  • Presidential Scholarship

    Value1
    $5,000-$10,000 per year (nonresidents)
    $2,000-$8,000 per year (Indiana residents)

    Deadline2
    November 1 (firm)

    Criteria

    Holistic review3 – High academic achievement; leadership and service in school/community

    Renewable4 with Purdue GPA of 3.00 or higher

    Notification

    By mid-February

    Approximately 830 disbursed annually

  • Marquis Scholarship

    (Middle-Income Indiana Residents)

    Value1
    $4,000 per year

    Deadline2
    November 1 (priority)

    Criteria
    • Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) between $40,000 and $100,000 (AGI is found on your income tax return.)
    • Academic achievement; leadership and service in school/community
    • FAFSA filed by March 1

    Renewable4 with Purdue GPA of 2.65 or higher, continue to file the FAFSA annually by March 1, maintain similar AGI and financial need.

    Notification

    In financial aid package (notifications sent beginning late February)

    Approximately 430 disbursed annually

  • Purdue Promise

    (Indiana 21st Century Scholars only)

    Value1
    Financial aid package that includes gift aid and work-study to meet the student's full financial need

    Deadline2
    November 1 (priority)

    Criteria
    • Income-eligible 21st Century Scholars (family income of $50,000 or less – student and parent)
    • FAFSA filed by March 1

    Renewable4 with continued eligibility for 21st Century Scholars and participation in Purdue Promise support programs

    Notification

    In financial aid package (notifications sent beginning late February)

  • National Merit Scholarships

    Value1
    $500 per year

    Deadline2
    November 1 (priority)

    Criteria

    College Sponsored National Merit Finalist; list Purdue as first-choice institution

    Renewable4 with good academic standing

  • National Hispanic Scholarships

    Value1
    $1,000 per year

    Deadline2
    November 1 (priority)

    Criteria

    National Hispanic recognition

    Renewable4 with good academic standing

The value of merit scholarships may be adjusted if a student's overall financial aid package exceeds the standard cost of education at Purdue. The value of need-based scholarships may be adjusted to prevent award packages that exceed financial need.

To meet a scholarship deadline, a student's admission application must be complete.

Holistic review includes consideration of all information provided with the admission application – academic information, essay, recommendations, additional personal information, etc.

Students may receive renewable scholarships for up to four academic years of continuous, full-time enrollment


  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).
  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.
  Scholarship criteria are nonnegotiable and subject to change without notice.
  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