BSU Tuition Fee Statistics

This report breaks down the public cost of tuition at Ball State University (BSU) and looks at how fees can change depending on a student’s residency status, the type of degree undertaken and the level of financial aid awarded.

  • As of the 2022/23 academic year, BSU standard undergraduate tuition fees for Indiana students total $8,434. 
  • BSU standard undergraduate tuition fees for out-of-state students total $25,918. 
  • This amounts to between $33,736 and $103,672 in tuition for a 4-year undergraduate degree.
  • Undergraduate fees have increased by between 5.95% – 6.89% over a 5-year period.
  • BSU standard graduate tuition fees for Indiana students total $7,884. 
  • BSU standard graduate tuition fees for out-of-state students total $21,546. 
  • Graduate fees have increased by between 6.02% – 6.83% over a 5-year period.
  • 80% of students at BSU qualify for merit or need-based financial aid which can significantly reduce fees.
  • If a student is selected for a scholarship at BSU, it will generally range from $1,000 – $16,000 per year.

BSU standard undergraduate tuition fees (full-time)

  • As of the 2022/23 academic year, BSU tuition fees for Indiana students on standard undergraduate courses total $8,434.
  • BSU tuition fees for out-of-state students on standard undergraduate courses total $25,918.
  • Undergraduates studying out-of-state pay 207.30% more in tuition than Indiana residents.
  • Student services fees total $1,344.
Fee type2018/192019/202020/212021/222022/23Change
Tuition fee
(Indiana)
$7,890$8,014$8,138$8,284$8,434+ 6.89%
Tuition fee
(Out-of-state)
$24,462$24,794$25,126$25,518$25,918+ 5.95%
Student services fee$1,344$1,344$1,344$1,344$1,344
(Excludes supplemental fees)

BSU standard graduate tuition fees (full-time)

  • As of the 2022/23 academic year, BSU tuition fees for Indiana students on standard graduate courses total $7,884.
  • BSU tuition fees for out-of-state students on standard graduate courses total $21,546.
  • Graduates studying out-of-state pay 173.29% more in tuition than Indiana residents.
  • Student services fees total $1,344.
Fee type2018/192019/202020/212021/222022/23Change
Tuition fee
(Indiana)
$7,380$7,506$7,632$7,758$7,884+ 6.83%
Tuition fee
(Out-of-state)
$20,322$20,610$20,898$21,222$21,546+ 6.02%
Student services fee$1,344$1,344$1,344$1,344$1,344
(Excludes supplemental fees)

A graph is given below to compare tuition fees for undergraduate and graduate students at BSU by academic year:

BSU financial aid

  • 80% of students at BSU qualify for merit or need-based financial aid.
  • The average grant/scholarship awarded to freshmen totals $12,000.
  • Latest figures show that 90% of freshmen students receive financial aid.
  • 69% of undergraduates receive financial aid.
  • In terms of loans, the average BSU student borrows $28,000.
  • This is $7,000 lower than the national average ($35,000).

BSU grants

  • At BSU, federal grants, Indiana grants and Ball State grants are available to students.
  • These grants are commonly based upon student financial need.
  • Upon submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), students are automatically considered for grants and other types of aid.
  • The cost of a grant does not usually have to be repaid by students.

Key BSU scholarships

  • In general, scholarships at BSU range from $1,000 – $16,000 per year.
  • Scholarships range in duration from 1 year to a maximum of 4 years (through renewals).
  • Out-of-state and international students can expect to receive higher scholarship amounts to account for their increased costs of tuition.
NameMax annual amount (type)Max duration
Ball State Scholars Award$4,000 (in-state)
$14,000 (out-of-state)
4 years
Ball State Transfer Scholarship$1,000 (transfer)3 years
Distinction Scholarship$12,000 (out-of-state)4 years
Global Achievement Scholarship$12,000 (international)4 years
Global Distinction Scholarship$14,000 (international)4 years
Global Honors Scholarship$16,000 (international)4 years
Guardian Scholars$2,5004 years
Holmes McFadden Journalism Scholarship$1,0004 years
Merrell Thomas Marshall Memorial Scholarship$1,0001 year
Midwest Regional Scholarship$12,500 (midwest)4 years
Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)$12,500 (midwest)4 years
Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship$4,000 1 year
Presidential Scholarship$5,500 (in-state)
$16,000 (out-of-state)
4 years
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship$4,500 (transfer)2 years
YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship$14,000 (non-resident)8 semesters

BSU athletic funding

  • Latest figures show benefactors raise over $4 million annually to support Ball State Athletics.
  • Of this number, $1.10 million is raised through annual giving support.
  • The average gift amount is $1,030, an increase of 194% over the previous academic year.
  • Costs of student-athlete scholarships (grant-in-aid) are the largest annual expense for Ball State Athletics.
  • Money raised from benefactors contributes towards funding student-athletes and athletic programs.