For students looking at enrolling in fully online or distance programs at Ball State, your costs are detailed here.
Undergraduate

The following costs are for Ball State students working on bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, undergraduate certificates, or taking 100- to 400-level courses via online. This also applies to students taking Ball State courses in the Greater Indianapolis area. This information is meant to help you estimate your education expenses.

Types of Costs

As an online and distance education student, your total cost per semester includes:

  1. basic tuition or credit hour fees
  2. technology fee
  3. program or course fee (applicable for some, but not all, students)

Note

If you take one or more courses on Ball State’s main campus in Muncie, Indiana, during a semester or term, you are required to pay the main campus rate, which includes additional fees for student services, health, and recreation.

BASIC TUITION
Course Load per Semester Indiana Residents Out-of-State Residents
1-11 credit hours $296 per credit hour $492 per credit hour
12-18 credit hours $3,849 flat rate $3,849 flat rate, plus $196 per credit hour
19 or more credit hours Same as the flat fee for 12-18 credit hours, plus $296 per credit hour over 18 Same as 12-18 credit hours’ costs, plus $296 per credit hour over 18

TECHNOLOGY FEE
Credit Hours Cost per Semester for Indiana and Out-of-State Residents
0-3 $58
4-6 $110
7 or more credit hours $168

PROGRAM AND COURSE FEES
Programs and Courses Cost per Semester for Indiana and Out-of-State Residents
Business courses $11 per credit hour
Music courses $11 per credit hour
Journalism majors $138 program fee per fall and spring semesters; $83 per summer semester
Nursing majors
  • $138 program fee per fall and spring semesters; $83 per summer semester
  • $27.50 for NUR 423
  • $3.50 for all clinical nursing courses with a lab to cover liability insurance
  • $60 per clinical nursing course
Telecommunications majors $138 program fee per fall and spring semesters; $83 per summer semester

If you use a credit or debit card, you will be charged an extra 2.75 percent of your total bill. This is the fee passed on from the credit card companies to Ball State for processing. If you do not wish to be charged this fee, you might want to consider other payment methods.

Ball State also offers national College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams for $125. Successfully passing a CLEP exam lets Ball State grant academic credit in various subjects, thus potentially reducing your overall costs.

If you take any courses on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana, during a semester, you will pay tuition and fees for main-campus undergraduate students.

This does not impact most of our online and distance students. However, a few students in blended programs take all online courses one semester but may choose to take a few on campus. Any semester where you take on-campus courses, you will be charged additional fees.

If you have any questions about tuition or estimating your bill, contact the bursar's office.

If you have questions about financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Graduate

The following costs are for Ball State students working on master’s, specialist, or doctoral degrees, graduate certificates, educator license, or taking 500-level or higher courses via online. This also applies to distance education students in the Greater Indianapolis area.

This information is meant to help you estimate your education expenses.

Types of Costs

As an online and distance education student, your total cost per semester includes:

  1. basic tuition or credit-hour fees
  2. technology fee
  3. program or course fee (for some but not all, courses)

Note

If you take one or more courses on Ball State’s main campus in Muncie, Indiana, during a semester or term, you are required to pay the main campus rate, which includes additional fees for student services, health, and recreation.

Graduate Cost

BASIC TUITION (CREDIT HOUR FEES)
Indiana Residents Out-of-State Residents
Cost per semester $394 per credit hour $590 per credit hour

TECHNOLOGY FEE
Credit Hours Cost per Semester for Indiana and Out-of-State Residents
0-3 $58
4-6 $110
7 or more credit hours $168

PROGRAM AND COURSE FEES
Programs and Courses Cost per Semester for Indiana and Out-of-State Residents
MBA and business essentials certificate

$500 per semester if you take 0-6 credit hours

$1,000 per semester if you take 7 or more credit hours

Nursing students

$138 program fee per fall and spring semesters; $83 per summer semester

$3.50 for all clinical nursing courses with a lab to cover liability insurance

$400 per graduate clinical nursing course



If you use a credit or debit card, you will be charged an extra 2.75 percent of your total bill. This is the fee passed on from the credit card companies to Ball State for processing. If you do not wish to be charged this fee, you might want to consider other payment methods.

If you take any courses on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana, during a semester, you will pay tuition and fees for main campus graduate students.

This does not impact most of our online and distance students. However, a few students in blended programs take all online courses one semester but may choose to take a few on campus. Any semester where you take on-campus courses, you will be charged additional on-campus fees.

If you have any questions about tuition or estimating your bill, contact the Office of Bursar and Loan Administration.

If you have questions about financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

The Ball State University Board of Trustees reserves the right to change the tuition, fees, and other charges for any semester or term. Fees do not cover the cost of textbooks and other learning materials required in courses.