Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana


Costs to Attend Ball State University

Are you interested in applying to Ball State University yet wondering how much it costs or if you can afford to attend? Use our comprehensive price data and loan calculation tools to assist in determining if this school makes financial sense for you and your intended major of study.

Annual Cost

  • Total One Academic Year Cost
  • Indiana Residents: $18,622
  • Non Indiana Residents: $33,292
  • Cost Itemization
  • Tution for Indiana Residents: $8,318
  • Tution for non-Indiana Residents: $22,988
  • Room and Board or estimated off campus living expense: $8,622
  • Books and Supplies: $1,020
  • Other Fees: $662

The cost per year to attend Ball State University is $18,622 for the 2012/2013 academic year. Residents outside of Indiana have a total one year cost of $33,292. How much may your student loan payments be and can you afford to attend? If you are interested in learning more, request additional information to be sent to you from Ball State University

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2012-2013 and 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2012-2013 and 2011-2012 academic years. Please consult the school directly for the most up to date price information.

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Estimated 4 Year Cost at Current Tuition

At current published tuition rates, the estimated total tuition and living expense cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree at Ball State University is $74,488 for students graduating in normal time. Our methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a multiple of the most recent reported annual cost and does not factor in tuition increases.

  • 4 Year Total Cost (tuition and living expenses): $74,488
  • 4 Year Out of State Total Cost (tuition and living expenses): $133,168

Estimated Cost Per Semester

  • Indiana Residents Total Cost Per Semester: $9,311
  • Non Indiana Residents Total Cost Per Semester: $16,646

Average Net Price and Financial Aid

  • Average Annual Net Price: $12,168*
  • Estimated Average 4 Year Degree Cost: $48,672**
  • Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid: 60%
  • Average Annual Total Grant Aid Amount: $7,714
  • Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants: 31%
  • Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid: $4,157
  • Percent of Students Receiving Federal Student Loans: 57%
  • Average Amount of Federal Student Loan Aid: $6,734

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Ball State University is a not for profit institution.

Example Student Loan Payments and Costs

How much are estimated student loan payments for Ball State University? Below are the costs for an example student loan if you borrowed $48,672, our estimated average net price for a four year degree. Note that this calculation assumes you are part of the reported 60% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $12,168. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments may be significantly higher than this example. Use our Ball State University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

  • Monthly Payment: $489.55
  • Amount Borrowed: $48,672.00
  • Interest Rate: 3.9%
  • Term: 10 years
  • Number of Monthly Payments: 120
  • Total Interest Cost: $10,073.80
  • Total of All Payments of 10 years: $58,745.80

Loan Affordability & Salary

Can I afford to attend Ball State University? To keep student loan payments affordable, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income. When planning how to afford Ball State University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using these parameters, a salary of $58,745.80 is recommended to afford a $489.55 monthly payment in the example loan modeled above. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Ball State University in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $6,810 to $8,558. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.1%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you can expect to pay for a 4 year degree at this school assuming tuition increases along at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $74,488.00. Use our college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Ball State University.

  • Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2019 - Annual: $25,610, 4 Year Degree: $102,438
  • Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2024 - Annual: $32,685, 4 Year Degree: $130,740
  • Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2029 - Annual: $41,715, 4 Year Degree: $166,861
  • Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2032 - Annual: $48,291, 4 Year Degree: $193,163

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost Per Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Ball State University are as follows.

  • Price per credit hour for Indiana residents: $307
  • Cost for one class for Indiana residents (3 credit hours): $921
  • Price per credit hour for out of state residents: $850
  • Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours): $2,550
  • Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours): $3,400

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Tuition History

What was tuition at Ball State University for the past five, ten, fifteen or twenty years? Looking at historical tuition increase rates may provide an indication as to expected increases in the future. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

  • 2010 - $7,830 In State / $20,398 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 4.4% Annual Increase
  • 2009 - $7,500 In State / $19,304 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 4% Annual Increase
  • 2008 - $7,212 In State / $18,280 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 5.9% Annual Increase
  • 2007 - $6,810 In State / $17,186 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 5.5% Annual Increase
  • 2006 - $6,458 In State / $16,218 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 13.9% Annual Increase
  • 2005 - $5,672 In State / $15,132 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 15.1% Annual Increase
  • 2004 - $4,930 In State / $13,348 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 4.9% Annual Increase
  • 2003 - $4,700 In State / $12,480 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 16.5% Annual Increase
  • 2002 - $4,034 In State / $10,910 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 5.3% Annual Increase
  • 2001 - $3,830 In State / $10,290 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 3.9% Annual Increase
  • 2000 - $3,686 In State / $9,846 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 6.7% Annual Increase
  • 1999 - $3,454 In State / $9,316 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 4.2% Annual Increase
  • 1998 - $3,316 In State / $8,872 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 4% Annual Increase
  • 1997 - $3,188 In State / $8,448 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 4.6% Annual Increase
  • 1996 - $3,048 In State / $7,824 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 6.4% Annual Increase
  • 1995 - $2,864 In State / $7,244 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 7.8% Annual Increase
  • 1994 - $2,656 In State / $6,584 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 7.8% Annual Increase
  • 1993 - $2,464 In State / $5,872 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 8.1% Annual Increase
  • 1992 - $2,280 In State / $5,360 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 8.1% Annual Increase
  • 1991 - $2,110 In State / $4,870 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 5.9% Annual Increase
  • 1990 - $1,992 In State / $4,590 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 6.2% Annual Increase
  • 1989 - $1,876 In State / $4,320 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 218.5% Annual Increase
  • 1988 - $589 In State / $1,344 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 0% Annual Increase

Cost for Popular Majors

Below are the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Ball State University ranked by degrees conferred during the 2010/2011 academic year along with their estimated total program cost. Please consult the school's website for further information as actual costs for specific program may vary. Price estimates assume graduation in normal time. Our methodology for estimating these costs is a two or four year multiple of the current one year tuition and living cost of $18,622. Associates degrees are assumed to be completed in two years and bachelors degrees are assumed to take four years.

Area of Study Graduates Estimated Degree + Living Expense Cost
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 363 $74,488
4 year cost
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Associate's Degree 271 $37,244
2 year cost
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 173 $74,488
4 year cost
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 164 $74,488
4 year cost
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 159 $74,488
4 year cost
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 147 $74,488
4 year cost
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 141 $74,488
4 year cost
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 139 $74,488
4 year cost
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 99 $74,488
4 year cost
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 95 $74,488
4 year cost
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 85 $37,244
2 year cost
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 82 $74,488
4 year cost
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 79 $74,488
4 year cost
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 78 $74,488
4 year cost
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 74 $74,488
4 year cost
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 70 $74,488
4 year cost
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 70 $74,488
4 year cost
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 66 $74,488
4 year cost
Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 66 $74,488
4 year cost
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities Bachelor's Degree 65 $74,488
4 year cost
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other Associate's Degree 65 $37,244
2 year cost
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 62 $74,488
4 year cost
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 52 $74,488
4 year cost
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 48 $74,488
4 year cost
Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree 47 $74,488
4 year cost
Geography Bachelor's Degree 39 $74,488
4 year cost
History, General Bachelor's Degree 39 $74,488
4 year cost
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 33 $74,488
4 year cost
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 33 $74,488
4 year cost
Music, Other Bachelor's Degree 30 $74,488
4 year cost
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 28 $74,488
4 year cost
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies Bachelor's Degree 26 $74,488
4 year cost
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 26 $74,488
4 year cost
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 25 $74,488
4 year cost
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 24 $74,488
4 year cost
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 23 $74,488
4 year cost
Legal Professions and Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 21 $74,488
4 year cost
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 21 $74,488
4 year cost
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 21 $74,488
4 year cost
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 21 $74,488
4 year cost
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 21 $74,488
4 year cost
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 20 $74,488
4 year cost
Health Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 20 $74,488
4 year cost
Natural Resources/Conservation, General Bachelor's Degree 19 $74,488
4 year cost
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 18 $74,488
4 year cost
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 18 $74,488
4 year cost
Actuarial Science Bachelor's Degree 14 $74,488
4 year cost
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning Bachelor's Degree 13 $74,488
4 year cost
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 13 $74,488
4 year cost
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 13 $74,488
4 year cost
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Associate's Degree 12 $37,244
2 year cost
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other Bachelor's Degree 12 $74,488
4 year cost
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 10 $74,488
4 year cost
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 9 $74,488
4 year cost
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 9 $74,488
4 year cost
Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 9 $74,488
4 year cost
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 9 $74,488
4 year cost
Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 9 $74,488
4 year cost
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 8 $74,488
4 year cost
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 8 $74,488
4 year cost
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 7 $74,488
4 year cost
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 6 $74,488
4 year cost
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 6 $74,488
4 year cost
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other Associate's Degree 6 $37,244
2 year cost
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 6 $74,488
4 year cost
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 5 $37,244
2 year cost
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 $74,488
4 year cost
Pre-Dentistry Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 $74,488
4 year cost
Business Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 $74,488
4 year cost
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 4 $74,488
4 year cost
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 $74,488
4 year cost
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 3 $74,488
4 year cost
Library and Information Science Bachelor's Degree 3 $74,488
4 year cost
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 $74,488
4 year cost
Selling Skills and Sales Operations Bachelor's Degree 3 $74,488
4 year cost
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 $74,488
4 year cost
Environmental Design/Architecture Bachelor's Degree 2 $74,488
4 year cost
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 2 $37,244
2 year cost

About Ball State University

Ball State University is a four year public college located in Muncie, Indiana.  Full time enrollment is 17,673 and part time is 4,474.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 16,964 applicants. 10,353 were admitted and 3,556 enrolled.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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