Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Purdue University Main Campus tuition is $9,208 per year for in-state residents. This is 28% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 56% cheaper than the average Indiana tuition of $21,140 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 14th in Indiana amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 52nd 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 $784 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $9,992.

Housing Costs

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.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,160.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $1,630 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $1,630 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Indiana residents to go to Purdue is $22,812 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Indiana residence can expect a one year cost of $41,614.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Purdue University Main Campus and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Purdue University Main Campus
Estimated Budgets
Indiana Resident Total Budget $22,812
   In-State Tuition$9,208
   Other Fees$784
   Room and Board$10,030
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,630
   Books and Supplies$1,160
Non-Resident Total Budget $41,614
   Out-of-State Tuition$28,010
   Other Fees$784
   Room and Board$10,030
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,630
   Books and Supplies$1,160


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $22,812 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

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.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

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).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Purdue University Main Campus
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$13,081*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid49%
Average Total Grant Aid$10,798
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants19%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,146

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

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

Average Financial Aid Mix - $22,812 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $22,812. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 51% - $10,798

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.

Federal Loans

 26% - $5,436

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 23% -  $4,948

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.

Is it Worth the Cost?

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 81/100 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 4th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Purdue University Main Campus
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign30.7% more expensive
Miami University32.1% more expensive
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus96.9% more expensive
Virginia Military Institute3.5% less expensive
University at Buffalo27.6% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

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.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Purdue is $91,248 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 $114,060 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.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

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$11,406
Non-Indiana Resident Tuition Per Semester$14,005
Non-Indiana Resident Total Cost Per Semester$20,807

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

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.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Purdue University Main Campus
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


Student Loans and Debt

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.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

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 $62,207.28. 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.

Purdue University Main Campus Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$518.39
Amount Borrowed$50,136.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$12,071.28
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$62,207.28

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

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 $62,207.28 would be needed to afford a $518.39 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.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Purdue University Main Campus in the future? 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 $91,248.00. 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.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$31,372$125,487
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$40,039$160,157
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $51,101$204,406
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $59,156$236,625

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

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 21% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 274 5% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 264 2% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 231 2% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 229 1% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 191 3% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 173 12% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 172 1% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 162 17% costlier
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree 159 9% cheaper
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 138 8% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 137 9% cheaper
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General Bachelor's Degree 137 24% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 134 16% costlier
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 131 3% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 125 7% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 119 0% costlier
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 115 14% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 110 2% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 99 7% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 84 0% cheaper
Operations Management and Supervision Associate's Degree 82 123% costlier
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 79 31% costlier
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 78 35% costlier
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 73 12% costlier
Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree 71 10% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 66 2% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 66 82% costlier
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 65 86% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 62 19% cheaper
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 61 8% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 52 5% cheaper
Materials Engineering Bachelor's Degree 51 13% cheaper
Design and Visual Communications, General Bachelor's Degree 48 5% costlier
Agriculture, General Associate's Degree 44 143% costlier
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 40 3% cheaper
Nuclear Engineering Bachelor's Degree 38 4% cheaper
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Associate's Degree 34 104% costlier
Construction Engineering Bachelor's Degree 30 9% costlier
Agricultural Mechanization, General Bachelor's Degree 29 27% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 29 11% cheaper
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 29 2% costlier
Agronomy and Crop Science Bachelor's Degree 28 16% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 26 0% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 26 112% costlier
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 24 120% costlier
Engineering, Other Bachelor's Degree 22 7% cheaper
Education, General Bachelor's Degree 22 3% cheaper
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other Bachelor's Degree 21 44% costlier
Pharmacy Bachelor's Degree 20 1% costlier
Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree 20 13% costlier
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 18 8% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 17 4% costlier
Natural Resources/Conservation, General Bachelor's Degree 17 3% costlier
Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 17 3% costlier
Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 16 26% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 15 2% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 15 19% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 12 8% cheaper
Forestry, General Bachelor's Degree 11 13% costlier
Entomology Bachelor's Degree 10 8% cheaper
Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree 10 3% costlier
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 8 12% costlier
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 7 17% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 7 20% costlier
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations Associate's Degree 6 96% costlier
Management Information Systems and Services, Other Associate's Degree 6 107% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 12% cheaper
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 5 6% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 5 6% costlier
Robotics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 94% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 4 3% costlier
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 3 4% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 1% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 2 13% costlier
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 101% costlier
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education Associate's Degree 2 39% costlier
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 2 22% costlier
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 1 24% costlier
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 7% costlier
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 7% cheaper
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 1 12% costlier
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 0% costlier


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About Purdue University Main Campus

Purdue University Main Campus is a four year public college located in West Lafayette, Indiana.  Full time enrollment is 35,884 and part time is 5,629. Learn more about getting accepted at Purdue University Main Campus at CollegeSimply.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Purdue University Main Campus
Hovde Hall of Administration
West Lafayette, Indiana

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

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.