Purdue University Main Campus tuition is $9,208 per year for in-state residents. This is 39% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,614. The cost is 53% cheaper than the average Indiana tuition of $19,542 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 16th in Indiana amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 56th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $28,010 which represents a 204% premium.
The school charges an additional fees of $794 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $10,002.
On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,030 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in West Lafayette should budget at least this amount.
The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,220.
If living on-campus, students should budget for $1,780 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $1,780 in other miscellaneous living expenses.
The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Indiana residents to go to Purdue is $23,032 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Indiana residence can expect a one year cost of $41,834.
Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 IPEDS survey response for Purdue University Main Campus and represent reported costs for the 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 academic years.
|Indiana Resident Total Budget||$23,032|
|Room and Board||$10,030|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$1,780|
|Books and Supplies||$1,220|
|Non-Resident Total Budget||$41,834|
|Room and Board||$10,030|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$1,780|
|Books and Supplies||$1,220|
Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $23,032 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.
The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Purdue net price for in-state students is $13,081* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.
49% of Purdue University Main Campus students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $10,798. 19 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,146. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Purdue University Main Campus, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
|Financial Aid Summary|
|Average Annual Net Price||$13,081*|
|Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid||49%|
|Average Total Grant Aid||$10,798|
|Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants||19%|
|Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid||$4,146|
The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.
|Family Income||Avg. Net Price|
|$0 to $30,000||$7,153|
|$30,001 to $48,000||$8,073|
|$48,001 to $75,000||$13,391|
|$75,001 to $110,000||$18,638|
CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $23,032. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.
Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Purdue University Main Campus or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.
Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.
Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.
*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.
Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.
To make a comparative assessment if Purdue is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 80/100 for Purdue University Main Campus. Considering an average net price paid of $12,534, this leads to an overall value ranking of 83/100. This places the school 19th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.
|School||Cost vs. Purdue University Main Campus|
|University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign||30.7% more expensive|
|Miami University||26.8% more expensive|
|University of Wisconsin Madison||0.7% more expensive|
|Virginia Military Institute||11.6% less expensive|
|University at Buffalo||29.7% less expensive|
When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Purdue University Main Campus.
At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Purdue is $92,128 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.
A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $12,534 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $50,136**
If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $115,160 or $62,670 using an average net price.
**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.
Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Purdue University Main Campus.
|Indiana Resident Tuition Per Semester||$4,604|
|Indiana Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$11,516|
|Non-Indiana Resident Tuition Per Semester||$14,005|
|Non-Indiana Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$20,917|
Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Purdue University Main Campus are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.
|Price per credit hour for Indiana residents||$348|
|Cost for one class for Indiana residents (3 credit hours)||$1,044|
|Price per credit hour for out of state residents||$948|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)||$2,844|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)||$3,792|
The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 35% of Purdue University Main Campus students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,436. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $29,121.
How much are student loan payments for Purdue University Main Campus? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.
The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $50,136, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $61,744.95. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Purdue University Main Campus. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 49% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $12,534. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Purdue University Main Campus student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.
Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.
|Monthly Loan Payment||$514.54|
|Number of Monthly Payments||120|
|Total Interest Cost||$11,608.95|
|Sum of All Payments over 10 years||$61,744.95|
Can I afford to attend Purdue? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Purdue University Main Campus, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.
Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $61,744.95 would be needed to afford a $514.54 monthly payment in the example $50,136.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.
What will it cost to send your child to Purdue University Main Campus in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $8,893 to $9,208. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 0.9%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $92,128.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Purdue University Main Campus.
|Annual||4 Year Degree|
|Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2022||$31,674||$126,697|
|Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2027||$40,425||$161,702|
|Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2032||$51,594||$206,377|
|Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2035||$59,727||$238,907|
What was tuition at Purdue five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.
We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Purdue University Main Campus to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.
|Area of Study||Graduates||vs National Avg|
|Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree||455||30% costlier|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree||274||12% costlier|
|Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||264||5% costlier|
|Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree||231||5% costlier|
|Sociology Bachelor's Degree||229||8% costlier|
|Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree||191||11% costlier|
|Accounting Bachelor's Degree||173||20% costlier|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree||172||5% costlier|
|Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||162||25% costlier|
|Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree||159||2% cheaper|
|Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree||138||14% costlier|
|Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||137||3% cheaper|
|Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General Bachelor's Degree||137||30% costlier|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree||134||23% costlier|
|Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree||131||10% costlier|
|Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other Bachelor's Degree||125||16% costlier|
|Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree||119||7% costlier|
|Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||115||22% costlier|
|History, General Bachelor's Degree||110||9% costlier|
|Economics, General Bachelor's Degree||99||1% cheaper|
|Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree||84||7% costlier|
|Operations Management and Supervision Associate's Degree||82||127% costlier|
|Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||79||38% costlier|
|Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||78||41% costlier|
|Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree||73||20% costlier|
|Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree||71||18% costlier|
|Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree||66||5% costlier|
|Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree||66||89% costlier|
|Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree||65||93% costlier|
|Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||62||13% cheaper|
|Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree||61||14% costlier|
|Physics, General Bachelor's Degree||52||1% costlier|
|Materials Engineering Bachelor's Degree||51||7% cheaper|
|Design and Visual Communications, General Bachelor's Degree||48||18% costlier|
|Agriculture, General Associate's Degree||44||153% costlier|
|Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree||40||4% costlier|
|Nuclear Engineering Bachelor's Degree||38||3% costlier|
|Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Associate's Degree||34||111% costlier|
|Construction Engineering Bachelor's Degree||30||14% costlier|
|Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree||29||4% cheaper|
|Agricultural Mechanization, General Bachelor's Degree||29||34% costlier|
|Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree||29||9% costlier|
|Agronomy and Crop Science Bachelor's Degree||28||24% costlier|
|Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree||26||7% costlier|
|Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree||26||105% costlier|
|Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD Associate's Degree||24||127% costlier|
|Engineering, Other Bachelor's Degree||22||2% cheaper|
|Education, General Bachelor's Degree||22||4% costlier|
|Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other Bachelor's Degree||21||52% costlier|
|Pharmacy Bachelor's Degree||20||5% costlier|
|Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree||20||21% costlier|
|Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||18||16% costlier|
|English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree||17||11% costlier|
|Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree||17||10% costlier|
|Natural Resources/Conservation, General Bachelor's Degree||17||10% costlier|
|Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||16||34% costlier|
|Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||15||5% costlier|
|Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree||15||27% costlier|
|Philosophy Bachelor's Degree||12||1% cheaper|
|Forestry, General Bachelor's Degree||11||18% costlier|
|Entomology Bachelor's Degree||10||0% cheaper|
|Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree||10||11% costlier|
|Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree||8||19% costlier|
|Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree||7||24% costlier|
|Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||7||27% costlier|
|Aviation/Airway Management and Operations Associate's Degree||6||103% costlier|
|Management Information Systems and Services, Other Associate's Degree||6||108% costlier|
|African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree||5||6% cheaper|
|Food Science Bachelor's Degree||5||14% costlier|
|Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree||5||13% costlier|
|Robotics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree||5||103% costlier|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||4||10% costlier|
|Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree||3||11% costlier|
|Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree||3||8% costlier|
|Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||2||21% costlier|
|Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree||2||110% costlier|
|Trade and Industrial Teacher Education Associate's Degree||2||48% costlier|
|Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree||2||18% costlier|
|Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management Bachelor's Degree||1||33% costlier|
|Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree||1||14% costlier|
|Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree||1||1% cheaper|
|Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree||1||18% costlier|
|Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree||1||8% costlier|
Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Purdue University Main Campus or model a student loan.
Purdue University Main Campus is a four year public college located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Full time enrollment is 35,030 and part time is 5,442.
Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.Address
Purdue University Main Campus is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.
Purdue University Main Campus cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=243780 IPEDS survey data.