Ball State University tuition is $9,112 per year for in-state residents. This is 29% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 56% cheaper than the average Indiana tuition of $20,697 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 14th in Indiana amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 52nd most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $25,280 which represents a 177% premium.
The school charges an additional fees of $662 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $9,774.
On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,034 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Muncie should budget at least this amount.
The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,334.
If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,138 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,200 in other miscellaneous living expenses.
The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Indiana residents to go to BSU is $24,280 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Indiana residence can expect a one year cost of $40,448.
Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Ball State University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.
|Indiana Resident Total Budget||$24,280|
|Room and Board||$10,034|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$3,138|
|Books and Supplies||$1,334|
|Non-Resident Total Budget||$40,448|
|Room and Board||$10,034|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$3,138|
|Books and Supplies||$1,334|
Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $24,280 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.
The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported BSU net price for in-state students is $12,804* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.
67% of Ball State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $10,397. 38 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,464. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Ball State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
|Financial Aid Summary|
|Average Annual Net Price||$12,804*|
|Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid||67%|
|Average Total Grant Aid||$10,397|
|Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants||38%|
|Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid||$4,464|
The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.
|Family Income||Avg. Net Price|
|$0 to $30,000||$9,260|
|$30,001 to $48,000||$11,540|
|$48,001 to $75,000||$15,468|
|$75,001 to $110,000||$19,357|
CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $24,280. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.
Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Ball State University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.
Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.
Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.
*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 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.
|School||Cost vs. Ball State University|
|University of Cincinnati Main Campus||2.3% more expensive|
|University of Louisville||21.5% more expensive|
|Chicago State University||22.6% less expensive|
|Eastern Illinois University||3.9% less expensive|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||16.2% more expensive|
When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Ball State University.
At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at BSU is $97,120 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.
A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $12,168 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $48,672**
If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $121,400 or $60,840 using an average 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 2014-2015 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.
Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Ball State University.
|Indiana Resident Tuition Per Semester||$4,556|
|Indiana Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$12,140|
|Non-Indiana Resident Tuition Per Semester||$12,640|
|Non-Indiana Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$20,224|
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. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.
|Price per credit hour for Indiana residents||$304|
|Cost for one class for Indiana residents (3 credit hours)||$912|
|Price per credit hour for out of state residents||$843|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)||$2,529|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)||$3,372|
The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 66% of Ball State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,901.
How much are student loan payments for Ball State University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.
The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $48,672, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $60,390.79. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Ball State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 67% 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 could 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 Loan Payment||$503.26|
|Number of Monthly Payments||120|
|Total Interest Cost||$11,718.79|
|Sum of All Payments over 10 years||$60,390.79|
Can I afford to attend BSU? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending 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 the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $60,390.79 would be needed to afford a $503.26 monthly payment in the example $48,672.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.
What will it cost to send your child to Ball State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $8,318 to $9,112. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 1.9%. 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 could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $97,120.00. Use the 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.
|Annual||4 Year Degree|
|Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024||$33,391||$133,563|
|Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029||$42,616||$170,464|
|Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034||$54,390||$217,559|
|Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037||$62,963||$251,852|
What was tuition at BSU five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.
We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Ball State University to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.
|Area of Study||Graduates||vs National Avg|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree||363||1% costlier|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Associate's Degree||271||75% costlier|
|Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||173||14% costlier|
|Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree||164||5% costlier|
|Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree||159||15% costlier|
|Journalism Bachelor's Degree||147||5% costlier|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree||141||13% costlier|
|Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||139||28% costlier|
|Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree||99||0% costlier|
|Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree||95||7% costlier|
|Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree||85||116% costlier|
|Accounting Bachelor's Degree||82||9% costlier|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree||79||11% costlier|
|Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree||78||11% cheaper|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||74||0% costlier|
|Architecture Bachelor's Degree||70||15% cheaper|
|Finance, General Bachelor's Degree||70||9% costlier|
|Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree||66||5% costlier|
|Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree||66||35% costlier|
|Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities Bachelor's Degree||65||22% costlier|
|Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other Associate's Degree||65||71% costlier|
|English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree||62||1% costlier|
|Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||52||5% cheaper|
|Social Work Bachelor's Degree||48||12% costlier|
|Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree||47||8% costlier|
|Geography Bachelor's Degree||39||9% costlier|
|History, General Bachelor's Degree||39||1% cheaper|
|Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree||33||1% cheaper|
|Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree||33||3% cheaper|
|Music, Other Bachelor's Degree||30||8% cheaper|
|Music, General Bachelor's Degree||28||2% cheaper|
|Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree||26||1% cheaper|
|Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies Bachelor's Degree||26||6% cheaper|
|Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||25||6% cheaper|
|Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree||24||3% cheaper|
|Sociology Bachelor's Degree||23||2% cheaper|
|Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree||21||1% costlier|
|Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree||21||11% costlier|
|Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree||21||16% costlier|
|Legal Professions and Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree||21||3% cheaper|
|Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree||21||1% costlier|
|Anthropology Bachelor's Degree||20||10% cheaper|
|Health Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||20||15% costlier|
|Natural Resources/Conservation, General Bachelor's Degree||19||0% costlier|
|Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||18||5% costlier|
|Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree||18||10% costlier|
|Actuarial Science Bachelor's Degree||14||4% cheaper|
|City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning Bachelor's Degree||13||1% cheaper|
|Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||13||27% costlier|
|Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||13||10% costlier|
|Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other Bachelor's Degree||12||29% costlier|
|Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Associate's Degree||12||91% costlier|
|Philosophy Bachelor's Degree||10||10% cheaper|
|Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree||9||3% costlier|
|German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||9||14% cheaper|
|Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||9||23% cheaper|
|Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree||9||24% cheaper|
|Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree||9||24% costlier|
|Dance, General Bachelor's Degree||8||11% cheaper|
|Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree||8||15% cheaper|
|Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||7||31% costlier|
|Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other Associate's Degree||6||128% costlier|
|Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree||6||18% costlier|
|Economics, General Bachelor's Degree||6||10% cheaper|
|French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||6||12% cheaper|
|Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other Bachelor's Degree||5||14% costlier|
|Pre-Dentistry Studies Bachelor's Degree||5||5% cheaper|
|Business Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||5||32% costlier|
|Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree||5||108% costlier|
|Physics, General Bachelor's Degree||4||8% cheaper|
|Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree||4||2% cheaper|
|Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||3||18% costlier|
|Library and Information Science Bachelor's Degree||3||48% costlier|
|Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree||3||13% costlier|
|Selling Skills and Sales Operations Bachelor's Degree||3||19% costlier|
|Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree||3||15% cheaper|
|Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree||2||110% costlier|
|Environmental Design/Architecture Bachelor's Degree||2||3% cheaper|
Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Ball State University or model a student loan.
Ball State University is a four year public college located in Muncie, Indiana. Full time enrollment is 16,389 and part time is 5,609.
Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.Address
Ball State University is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.
Ball State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=150136 IPEDS survey data.