FAQs for Students
On April 27, 2017, Purdue University announced its planned acquisition of Kaplan University. See below for some frequently asked questions students may have.
- I am a recent Kaplan University graduate. Will I be a part of KU’s alumni network or will that be combined with Purdue’s? I’d love to keep in contact with fellow grads but also expand my network if the opportunity is available.
Kaplan University and Purdue Global graduates will be invited to join Purdue's Alumni Association, which will provide our graduates with more opportunities to expand their professional networks. Details on this are still to be finalized and more information will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead. To learn more about the Purdue Alumni Association, visit https://purdue.imodules.com/s/1461/alumni/start.aspx?id=1001&pgid=61.
- I want to order a new diploma with the Purdue Global name on it. Where do I go to do that?
A Kaplan University student who graduates after April 27, 2017, may receive diplomas and transcripts with the new university name after the transaction is approved and change of control happens with Purdue. When this option is available, students may request a new transcript using the existing Parchment transcript request process. The standard fees apply. A Web portal is being developed to process diploma requests, for a $30 fee per copy. Expedited options may be available and will incur additional costs.
- I am a member of Kaplan University’s Facebook community. Will you be changing the name of this Facebook page to Purdue University Global or creating a new Facebook page?
The name of the Facebook page will change to Purdue University Global on April 2. If you already follow the page, there is nothing you need to do. You will continue following our page. If you don’t already follow the University’s Facebook page, feel free to follow now at facebook.com/kaplanuniversity.
- I want to order some merchandise with the Purdue Global name on it. Where do I go to do that?
The Purdue University Global Student Store will be found on the new Purdue Global website, which is going live in early April.
- I want to order some Kaplan University merchandise. Can I still do that?
Kaplan University merchandise will no longer be available when the transition to Purdue is fully completed in early April. However, KU merchandise can still be purchased for a limited time by going to http://studentstore.kaplanuniversity.edu/.
- With the change in the University's name, will there be any foreseeable issues with my financial aid or military tuition assistance? Will my financial aid have to be redone?
Students will not need to reapply for financial aid and there will not be any disruption in processing. For military-affiliated students, active-duty servicemembers will continue to request tuition assistance approvals through their respective service component as they do today. During this transition, institutional and student service portals will be updated accordingly to reflect Purdue University Global. Timeline variances will exist. However, until all updates are reflected, students should continue to select "Kaplan University" when requesting tuition assistance approvals.
Students will receive guidance notifications once all applicable changes are completed. Notably, service members would then select "Purdue University Global" versus "Kaplan University." Student accounts are expected to remain as is with no lapse.
- If I start my financial aid paperwork while these changes with Purdue are occurring, do I have to start all over again when we start to operate as PG?
No. Your FA paperwork does not have to be redone.
- Will I be given a new email address and student ID? If so, when?
Students will receive a new email address reflecting the new name of the University, Purdue Global, on or before April 2. New student IDs will be issued sometime shortly after that.
- What is the name of the new institution?
Purdue University Global will be the name once the transaction is approved and change of control transfers to Purdue.
- What other options were considered?
Many options and variations were considered. The process was not so much a vote as an analysis in which inputs—both quantitative and qualitative—were analyzed in relation to how they supported the key assets and attributes we want to promote and how those might resonate with the current and prospective students and their employers—all keeping in mind Purdue’s longstanding land-grant mission.
- Why was this name—Purdue University Global—chosen and what was the criteria for its selection?
The criteria were selecting a name that reflects Purdue’s mission, a name that is distinct from Purdue’s other campuses and a name that reflects the University’s affiliation with the Purdue University system. The name (and identity) needed to convey both the rigor and quality of the new institution while distinguishing itself from Purdue. Finally, the name needed to engage and connect with our stakeholders, especially prospective students and employers.
- Why does the new name not include Kaplan?
The new name reflects that fact that Purdue University Global will be part of the Purdue University system and will no longer be owned or controlled by Kaplan, Inc. Nonetheless, it will continue Kaplan’s long legacy, shared by Purdue, of providing access to education for underserved students.
- What will my diploma/transcript say?
A Purdue Global student who graduates after April 27, 2017 may receive diplomas and transcripts with the new university name after the transaction is approved and change of control happens with Purdue. When this option is available, students may request a new transcript using the existing Parchment transcript request process. The standard fees apply. A Web portal is being developed to process diploma requests, for a $30 fee per copy. Expedited options may be available and will incur additional costs.
- What are the implications on the name and logos for Concord Law School and Open College?
The naming convention for Concord Law School and Open College will be Concord Law School at Purdue University Global and Open College at Purdue University Global, which is consistent with how the names are currently presented under Purdue Global.
- What was the process that led to Purdue University Global being selected?
The process was comprehensive, thoughtful and inclusive, using inputs from various constituencies that included faculty, staff, students of both Kaplan and Purdue and other stakeholders. These inputs were augmented by rounds of quantitative research and expert analysis conducted by an advertising and marketing agency that was charged with creating an identity that will appeal to current and prospective students and employers and help distinguish this university from others. This work, which took many months to complete, was reviewed, processed and weighed by President Mitch Daniels, the Board of Trustees and those who conducted the market research leading to the ultimate decision that was announced on January 11.
- Who selected Purdue University Global?
The recommendations put forward by our advertising agency after months of input from stakeholders and analysis of how certain names performed were presented to Purdue’s leadership, who then presented the information to the Boards of Trustees. The final decision was made by the Purdue and Purdue University Global Boards of Trustees.
- Will having the new name decided help with the approvals needed to close the acquisition?
It is yet another positive step forward in advance of The Higher Learning Commission meeting to consider and approve the transaction.
- When will the new name take effect?
The name of the new university—Purdue University Global—will officially take effect once the change of control is approved by The Higher Learning Commission and the transaction is officially completed, which we expect will happen in the second quarter of 2018.
- How does this news impact me as a current student?
While the institution will change its name from Kaplan University to Purdue University Global, students should continue to enjoy the same faculty, curriculum, resources and mode of learning they’ve known under Purdue Global.
- Purdue Global has open admissions. What will be the admissions practice at Purdue University Global? Will it be more selective?
Kaplan University has an open admissions policy with requirements that students make satisfactory academic progress. We anticipate that Purdue University Global will maintain the same admissions practices.
- Will the Kaplan Commitment continue at the new university?
We expect that the Kaplan Commitment (with perhaps a new name) will remain in place as a key distinguisher from other schools that serve non-traditional students.
- Will special tuition discounts for military personnel and their families continue to be offered?
Like Kaplan University, Purdue is committed to serving military personnel and their families. The current military scholarships will be
honoredupon transition. We expect Purdue University Global will continue to be responsive to the needs of military personnel, veterans and their families, including maintaining a military discount.
- Will student applicants from Indiana be given a preference in admissions or a discount in their tuition?
As an open admissions university, there will be no need for a preferential admissions policy. Purdue University Global will determine its policy on awarding in-state tuition discounts for students residing in Indiana.
- Will current Purdue Global tuition rates and fees remain unchanged?
Nothing changes as we go through the transition, a process that is expected to take approximately six to seven months. Future tuition and fees will be determined by Purdue University Global, once it becomes operational. As with Kaplan University, Purdue University Global will continue to focus on student outcomes and a strong return on their educational investment.
- Will the same programs and degree offerings be available?
There are no plans to change programs or degrees. Purdue University Global will continue to look for programs that are best suited to meet the needs of its students and the communities it serves.
- Will students be able to transfer to Purdue University if they are able to commute or relocate, and choose not to continue their studies online?
Students will be subject to the same admissions standards as all applicants to Kaplan University.
- If a student took a leave of absence from their studies at Kaplan University, will they be guaranteed enrollment upon returning to their studies, or will they have to re-apply to Purdue University Global?
Nothing regarding the re-entry process will change for students who previously studied at Kaplan University. If they were eligible to return to Kaplan University, they will be eligible to return to Purdue University Global.
- Kaplan University is a for-profit university. Will that change?
Yes. Purdue University will form Purdue University Global, a new public institution, to operate the new university as a separate Purdue-affiliated university.
- Will the accreditation for Purdue University Global change?
No. Purdue Global and Purdue share the same regional accreditor, The Higher Learning Commission.
- Will Purdue Global’s campus-based students be included in the new university?
Yes. All Purdue Global students, both online and on-ground, will continue at Purdue University Global after the deal is complete, except those enrolled in the School of Professional and Continuing Education.
- What about Concord Law School?
Concord Law School will be transferred to Purdue University Global, along with all of our other schools except for the School of Professional and Continuing Education (KU-PACE). This
includes:Kaplan University's School of Business and Information Technology; the School of General Education; the School of Health Sciences; the School of Nursing; the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and Open College@Kaplan University.
- Does this shift from being a for-profit university to a public institution make any difference for the student’s current loans or grants?
No. Student loans and grants are not based on an institution’s
tax-statusor operational model, so our students will see no change in those areas.
- Will there be a change to my upcoming financial aid repackaging in July?
No. All students receiving financial aid should adhere to the same procedures they currently follow, making sure all deadlines continue to be met.
- Does this impact my current scholarship?
While scholarships are always subject to change, and do change from time to time, we don't anticipate any significant change in tuition or scholarships at Purdue University Global.
- How about future scholarships?
This is one of the specifics that has yet to be addressed. We’ll let you know once we have an answer.
- I am in a Tuition Cap program. Will Purdue University Global honor this cap?
Nothing changes as we go through the transition to Purdue University Global, a process that is expected to take approximately 6 to 7 months. After the transition is complete, Purdue University Global will
honorthe capped tuition pricing for any student who remains continuously enrolled in that capped program.
- I am not familiar with Purdue. What can you tell me about them? Where can I go to learn more?
Purdue University is a regionally accredited public university system in Indiana. With nearly 75,000 students, it is one of the largest and most respected university systems in the U.S. and includes four campuses. More information can be found at www.purdue.edu.
- How can students get more information?
If students have additional questions, they should log onto the student portal where there is a link they can go to ask questions. We will respond as quickly as possible. There are many specifics that are still to be worked out and we will continue to update the student portal.