Ball State waives tuition for participants in The Washington Center (TWC), so costs are primarily based on TWC program and housing fees (which students pay through the Office of Bursar and Loan Administration at Ball State). Costs may vary based on a variety of factors, but a rough estimate may be determined by consulting with the campus liaison and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.  

Please note that scholarships and other financial aid awarded during a fall or spring semester at Ball State normally follow an applicant to The Washington Center, but they do not have the same value they would have on campus. During the summer, most scholarships and financial aid—such as a Presidential Scholarship or Pell Grant—do not follow an applicant to Washington.  

Some scholarships are available through The Washington Center, usually to reduce housing fees by $1,000 or more. TWC fees do not include transportation to and from Washington, transportation within Washington (i.e., a Metro pass), or food.  


Most interns live in TWC housing—either the Residential and Academic Facility (RAF) or another apartment facility near the internship site. Each RAF apartment has two bedrooms (with two students per room), a living room, and a fully equipped kitchen. This facility is conveniently located near a Metro station and includes a wide range of amenities. It provides 24-hour-a-day security.