Ball State Fee Remissions

If you are a Ball State employee, you may qualify for tuition and fee remissions for yourself, your spouse, and your dependent children.

For more details about the employee fee remission program, please contact University Human Resource Services.

Graduate assistantships and doctoral fellowships are available to qualified graduate students. Graduate assistants and doctoral fellows receive a stipend and a partial fee remission for the academic year.

Students interested in applying for these positions should contact the Graduate School or their respective academic departments for detailed information.

Students hired to be residence hall assistants qualify for housing and dining (room and board) waivers. Residence hall assistants are students assigned to a particular section of a residence hall to promote the academic and personal development of students living there.

Learn more about becoming a residence hall assistant and get details about housing and dining (room and board) remissions they receive.

Indiana Fee Remissions

The Indiana fee remissions listed here involve regularly assessed fees required of all students as defined by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE).

These waivers were established under the Indiana Child of Veteran and Public Safety Officer Supplemental Grant Program administered by CHE.

The state requires that you file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit any required documentation. Graduate study is paid at the undergraduate tuition level.

Fee overload charges are not covered.

This is awarded to Indiana residents who are children of veterans disabled or deceased as a result of active duty service during a period of wartime.

The recipient is entitled to receive the benefit for up to 124 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate study.

Download an application.

Or request a copy by writing to:

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs
W462 Indiana Government Center South
402 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

You must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit any required documentation in order to receive this waiver.

The information and criteria for this award are the same as the Child of Disabled or Deceased Veteran Award.

The award information and criteria are the same as for the Child of Disabled or Deceased Veteran Award.

The award information and criteria for both the child and the spouse are the same as for the deceased public safety officer program. A surviving spouse is entitled to the benefit for undergraduate study only in a degree program, regardless of the number of hours enrolled.

This fee remission is awarded to students from the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home (ISSCH).

The recipient is entitled to receive the benefit for up to 124 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate study. An application must be filed with the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. You must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit any required documentation in order to receive this waiver.

This remission is awarded for undergraduate study to children of Indiana residents who became prisoners of war in the Vietnam War or who are missing in action.

Download the application.

Or request a copy by writing to:

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs
W462 Indiana Government Center South
402 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

You must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid and submit any required documentation in order to receive this waiver.

This remission is awarded to the children or surviving spouses of the following who were killed in the line of duty:

  • regular, paid law enforcement officers
  • regular, paid firefighters
  • volunteer firefighters under Indiana Code 36-8-12-2
  • county police reserve officers
  • city police reserve officers

In addition, the police officer or firefighter must have been an Indiana resident and covered under the 1977 Police Officers' and Firefighters' Pension and Disability Fund.

The child, who must be enrolled full-time in a degree program, is entitled to this benefit for both undergraduate and graduate study until he or she reaches age 23.

A surviving spouse may only use this remission for undergraduate study in a degree program.

To receive this benefit, an application must be submitted to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE), W462 Indiana Government Center South, 402 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

CHE will verify eligibility with the pension and disability fund.

To receive this waiver, you must also file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

This remission is awarded to the children or spouses of state troopers permanently disabled in the line of duty. The trooper must been an Indiana resident and covered under the 1977 Police Officers' and Firefighters' Pension and Disability Fund.

The child, who must be enrolled full-time in a degree program, is entitled to this benefit for both undergraduate and graduate study until he or she reaches age 23.

A surviving spouse may only use this remission for undergraduate study in a degree program.

To receive this benefit, an application must be submitted to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE), W462 Indiana Government Center South, 402 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

CHE will verify eligibility with the pension and disability fund.

To receive this waiver, you must also file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Vocational Rehab

Vocational Rehabilitation assists students with disabilities in attending postsecondary educational institutions in Indiana.

If you think you may qualify, please contact your local VR office to apply for benefits.

That office will forward a Financial Aid Communication form to our office to determine whether you are eligible for benefits. To receive this benefit, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You need to file a FAFSA every year you are in college. Visit our How to Apply web page for more information.

Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)

Thanks to the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), Ball State is now offering dramatically reduced tuition to students from eight states in the Midwest.

This arrangement applies to legal residents of the following states:

  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Wisconsin

If you are eligible, you may attend Ball State and save over $11,500 per year ($47,000 total for a student graduating in four years) from our regular tuition rate for out-of-state students. The MSEP award reduces the total tuition for an out-of-state student to 150 percent of the tuition cost for an Indiana resident student.

Please note that students who qualify for any of the following scholarships are not eligible to receive both the MSEP award and the other scholarship:

  • Presidential Scholarship
  • Academic Recognition Scholarship
  • Academic Distinction Scholarship.

The student will receive the scholarship that has the greatest value.

Also, since the MSEP award is tuition-specific, receipt of other tuition-specific scholarships may impact the amount of the award. This scholarship may only be applied to institutional charges.

All financial aid you receive, when combined with MSEP, cannot exceed the total cost of attendance.

Ball State will provide the MSEP benefit to a transfer student who has exhausted the four semesters of eligibility for the Academic Distinction Award and originally met the MSEP criteria.

Learn more about the Midwest Student Exchange Program.

Aid for Athletes

All student-athletes receiving Athletic Grant-in-Aid awards should read the information provided below. The first two links apply to all student-athletes receiving athletic funding.

All student-athletes are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Completing the FAFSA allows you to receive consideration for funding from the Federal Pell Grant Program. Pell Grant recipients may also be eligible to receive up to 500 each year from the NCAA Special Assistance Fund ($250 each semester). Forms for this program are available in the Athletic Compliance Office (HP 148) after September 15th each year.

Student-athletes who are not receiving a full Athletic Grant-in-Aid are encouraged to complete the FAFSA by the March 10 priority deadline each year to ensure that they are considered for funding from as many aid programs as possible.

You may view your financial aid awards anytime at MyBSU by clicking on the "Financial Aid" tab.