Options for Paying for Graduate Study

You may want to consider several options to help pay for your education, including graduate assistantships, student loans, and grants and scholarships offered by organizations outside Ball State. See also Ball State's Scholarships and Financial Aid website.


Graduate Assistantships

We can offer graduate assistantships to a limited number of incoming students. An assistantship is a job within the department. If you are awarded an assistantship, you'll receive a stipend (currently $9,294.38) during the academic year as well as a partial tuition waiver so that you pay only certain fees (currently about $2,500 per academic year) instead of the full tuition. You'll work 20 hours per week assisting faculty with teaching, research, and/or administrative duties.


Apply easily by checking the assistantship box on the departmental application. We offer assistantships to the top students on our ranked admission list. McNair Scholars can apply for McNair assistantships, which have the same duties and benefits as other departmental assistantships. We'll let you know if you receive an assistantship when we contact you about admission.


If you are admitted to one of our programs, but not offered an assistantship in our department, we will provide you with information about other assistantship opportunities on campus. Most students who want an assistantship are able to obtain one. Throughout the university, assistantships have similar duties and benefits.


Student loans

To be considered for student loans, you must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the deadline. For more information contact: 


Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid

Lucina Hall 245
Muncie, Indiana 47306  
Phone: 765-285-5600  
Voice Response: 765-285-CASH for local calls  
Voice Response: 800-227-4017 for toll-free calls
Department of Psychological Science
North Quad (NQ), room 104
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-1690
Fax: 765-285-1702