Three Year Major Cost Savings

Based on Purdue’s published rates for tuition, fees, room and board, the following numbers illustrate the cost savings of a three-year degree for students entering Purdue in fall 2016. In order to make a fair comparison, these numbers are for students living on campus, with a meal plan; they assume that four-year students won’t take any summer classes (which would increase the cost of a four-year degree), and they don’t account for scholarships, study abroad, or different costs incurred by living off campus. It would also be possible for a three-year student coming in with some Advanced Placement credit to skip a summer, which would reduce three-year costs. But the numbers below are an “apples-to-apples” comparison. 

Four-Year Costs:

Resident

Non-Resident

International

Four years of tuition and fees

$40,008

$115,216

$123,856

Four years of room and board

$40,120

$40,120

$40,120

Total costs:

$80,128

$155,336

$163,976

Three-Year Costs:

Resident

Non-Resident

International

Three years of tuition and fees

$30,006

$86,412

$92,892

Three years of room and board

$30,090

$30,090

$30.090

Two summers of tuition and fees

$5,001

$14,402

$15,402

Two summers of room and board

$6,000

$6,000

$6,000

Total costs:

$71,097

$136,904

$144,384

Total Cost Savings:

$9,031

$18,432

$19,592

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