CLA Scholarships for the 2015-16 School Year

The College of Liberal Arts offers scholarships for both beginning and continuing students.

Beginning Students

// New Freshman

Merit-only Scholarships

Beginning students must have a completed University application by November 1 (including transcripts, test scores from the testing agency, and the application fee--or waiver).  All merit scholarships will be selected using information you submitted for admission to Purdue University.  No further information is needed.  You will be notified about any College scholarships no later than March 15.

If you receive a CLA scholarship, you may be invited to participate in the Dammon Dean's Scholar Program, a community of scholars for new high-ability students.

Merit plus Financial Need Scholarships

There are some College scholarships that are given based on merit AND financial need.  If you have financial need based on the FAFSA, please fill out this application.  We encourage all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 in order to maximize consideration for all federal, state, and institutional funds they may be eligible to receive.

Continuing Students 

// Students who have completed at least one semester at Purdue, or are transferring from another institution

The scholarship application deadline for continuing students is March 1.

If you are a continuing student, please find the button on the left that corresponds to your field.  Please note that besides scholarships for specific majors, there are college-wide scholarships for students from any major, so please consider the scholarships listed under "College-wide."

Continuing students will be notified about scholarships by the end of the semester.

Eligibility for Financial Assistance

Purdue University uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for financial assistance. March 1 of each year is the priority filing deadline for the FAFSA. You can pick up this form from your high school guidance office or you can file online at If you have any questions about this application process or need assistance, you can email those questions to

Financial Aid Office

Computer access to student financial aid status is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the web (; students may also email questions to or fax information to 765-494-6707. Financial aid counselors are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by telephone (765-494-5050) or in person (Schleman Hall, Room 305).

Private Scholarship Sources

You may also want to explore private scholarship opportunities in your community and online (i.e. FASTWEB  Many students receive scholarship support through the company or place of employment of parents or grandparents. There are a number of students receiving financial support from clubs or organizations in their hometown community and from clubs and organizations on campus

Barbara Hart Dixon, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Administration
College of Liberal Arts
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765-494-3660 (fax)

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