Purdue scholarship chart clearly spells out basics, but the devil is in the details

by Grace

Basic information about Purdue University merit scholarships is clearly spelled out in an easy-to-read chart.  However, understanding important details below the surface calls for further scrutiny.

Here is Purdue’s chart.

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I like charts.  They’re quicker and easier to use if I’m trying to pull out key information about how much college is going to cost.  Click the image on the right to see another chart showing all categories of financial aid at Purdue.



Purdue is a state school ranked #62 on the USNews list of national universities.
 It is particularly strong in engineering, included in the top ten of USNews Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs Rankings.  Other well-regarded areas include business, education, and health sciences.  Cost of attendance is $23,468 for Indiana residents and $42,480 for non-residents. (The maximum Trustee scholarship of $16,000 would put a significant dent in that non-resident tuition bill.)

Some details about Purdue scholarships

Considering the risks of losing merit financial aid, I would think long and hard before encouraging an out-of-state student to accept a scholarship to attend Purdue as an engineering major.  The stress of keeping up good grades in that environment could be overwhelming.

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4 Comments to “Purdue scholarship chart clearly spells out basics, but the devil is in the details”

  1. I had a number of friends when I was a grad student who went through Purdue engineering.They didn’t think it was so bad, but did say that the area is so boring that there isn’t much to do but study.

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  2. You probably had smart friends, the ones who were able to survive. :)

    When people say a place is boring, I usually like to know what they mean. No museums or natural attractions, for example. This is valid stuff to consider when selecting a college to attend, but probably should not the deciding factor for most kids unless they really hate the place.

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  3. Engineering schools around the country have not participated in grade inflation nearly to the extent that the humanities have. “B” still means good work in most engineering schools.

    “Boring” means different things to different people. For some, it means “no partying on weeknights”, while for others it means “no live theater” or “no cafes”.

    College towns can be cultural centers, with a lot of theater, art galleries, cafes, and other places where people want to spend time, or they can be beer halls, or they can be drab industrial settings.

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  4. Even as an adult, it’s difficult to predict if I would like living someplace without actually spending some time there first. And then there’s the all-important element of finding compatible peers; sometimes being “miserable” is easier if you have good friends around.

    My son only wanted to go to college in or very near to a big city. It turns out he finds Chicago a bit boring, and I’ve also heard this from one or two other native New Yorkers who think NYC is the center of the universe. Oh well.

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