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pouses of graduate students enjoy many benefits from Purdue and the surrounding community. Benefits include reduced tuition, health insurance, and reduced membership fees at the Purdue Recreational
Purdue University offers health insurance options for students in graduate staff appointments (i.e., assistantships) as well as for students receiving fellowships and others not employed by the University. Graduate students have the option of adding children and spouses, including same-sex domestic partners to insurance plans.Complete details about graduate student staff benefits including eligibility guidelines, insurance, and paid leave is available in the Graduate Student Employment Manual.
Here are some resources for finding employment in the community.
The Lafayette-West Lafayette area is home to award-winning, nationally recognized schools. Check out this list of area K-12 schools in the Greater Lafayette area. There are also a few area institutions of higher learning including Purdue, Harrison College, and Ivy Tech.
The following links provide information about other support services:
- Consumer and Family Sciences Extension
- Family Services
- Krannert Partner Association (an organization for spouses and partners of Krannert School of Management students.)
- Working Parents Club
- ESL Resources
Purdue offers four on-campus child care options for children of different ages with each center providing slightly different learning experiences for your child. For more information, visit Worklife Programs' Child care Web site or call (765) 494-5461.
Worklife Programs also offers resources on finding and evaluating off-campus child care options. Additional resources include:
Purdue offers different summer camps including various youth camps and sports camps. Purdue's Worklife Programs provides information and resources on choosing a summer camp for your child, including a list of camps in the Greater Lafayette area. For more information, visit the Summer Camps Web page.
West Lafayette, Lafayette, and other nearby communities offer numerous family friendly activities. Here is a small sample of some activities you can enjoy:
- Columbian Park includes a water park and zoo.
- Lafayette offers summer fun with its three water parks.
- Happy Hollow Park has picnic areas, along with walking, jogging and hiking trails.
- Indianapolis Zoo and the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the largest children's museum in the country, are just a short drive away! Forbes.com contributor Larry Olmsted ranked The Children's Museum of Indianapolis at the top of the 12 best children's museums in the U.S.
- Purdue Spring Fest and Bug Bowl give children of all ages the chance to explore and learn through hands-on activities and demonstrations.
- Wolf Park, an educational and research facility, makes learning fun and exciting, especially during Howl Nights!
- Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore is a national park on the shores of Lake Michigan.
- Taste of Tippecanoe will satisfy even picky eaters with samples of local restaurants' best dishes and live music.
- Explore local history at the Feast of the Hunters' Moon, a re-creation of an annual fall gathering between the French and Native Americans at Fort Ouiatenon.
- Riverside Skating Plaza offers summer roller skating and winter ice skating.
- Purdue's campus and West Lafayette's nearly 20 miles of paved trails provide wonderful jogging, biking, and walking paths.
For more information about the West Lafayette-Lafayette area, visit the Community Information page.