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Purdue University Offers Tuition Lottery In Effort To Incentivize Students To Get Vaccinated

Purdue students after receiving their first dose of the vaccine back in April (WBAA News/Ben Thorp)

Purdue University announced on Thursday that it will enter students into a lottery for free tuition if they can provide documentation proving that they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Ten people will be randomly selected from a pool of students who provide proof of vaccination to the university. Those ten students will receive one year’s worth of in-state tuition, which the university says is valued at just under $10,000. 

The lottery shows how far Purdue is willing to go in order to incentivize students to get vaccinated - without making it a requirement.

Indiana University, which announced it would require students, faculty, and staff to get vaccinated last week, has seen pushbackfrom both Senate and House republicans and the state Attorney General. 

It is also not clear how many of Purdue’s students have been vaccinated. University officials say it has been difficult to track how much of its campus has been immunized against COVID-19. 

In order to be entered into the lottery, students will have to provide documentation by July 15th. The ten winners will be announced on July 29th.