Fall 2013-Summer 2014: Undergraduate Tuition for Online and Distance Education Students

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 or distance education courses in the Greater Indianapolis area. This information is meant to help you estimate your education expenses.

As an online and distance student, your total tuition cost per semester consists of:

  1. Basic tuition or per-credit-hour fees
  2. Technology fee
  3. Program and/or course fees—applicable for some, but not all, courses or programs

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.


1. Basic Tuition

Online and Distance Education Undergraduate Tuition Per Semester Indiana Residents: Cost for online or off-campus courses in the Greater Indianapolis area Out-of-State Residents: Cost for online courses
1-11 credit hours
NOTE: The majority of online and distance students take 3-9 credit hours per semester and fall in this category.
$277 per credit hour $488 per credit hour
12-18 credit hours $3,602 flat rate $3,602 flat rate, plus $211 per credit hour
19 or more credit hours $3,602 flat rate, plus $277 per each credit hour over 18 $3,602 flat rate, plus $488 per each credit hour over 18

2. Technology Fee

Credit Hours Cost Per Semester for Indiana and Out-of-State Residents
0-3 credit hours $58
4-6 credit hours $110
More than 6 credit hours $168

3. Program and Course Fees
The following are fees that most commonly apply to online and distance education students.

Applied to Some Courses and Some Majors Cost Per Semester for Indiana and Out-of-State Residents
Business courses $10 per credit hour
Music courses $10 per credit hour
Nursing majors
  • $125 program fee per fall and spring semesters; $75 per summer semester
  • $3.50 for all clinical nursing courses with a lab to cover liability insurance 
  • $60 per undergraduate clinical nursing course

Credit by Exam

Ball State also offers credit by exam for a $50 fee. Exams administered are College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or DANTES.

More about Fees
A complete list of fees can be found on the Bursar’s website.

Credit Card Fees
If you use a credit or debit card, you will be charged an extra 2.75% 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 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 Scholarships and Financial Aid.
Learn about payment methods available to you.

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.

Online and Distance Education
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Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Eastern time, Monday-Friday. These adjusted summer hours will end August 8.
Phone: 1-800-872-0369 or 765-285-1581
Fax: 765-285-7161
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