Because Ball State is financially supported by the Indiana legislature, resident students pay less in fees than out-of-state students.

Residency status, as determined by the Office of the Registrar in accordance with rules adopted by the Board of Trustees, is subject to change.

Requirements and Guidelines

  • Your residency status depends primarily upon the length of time you have lived in Indiana for purposes other than attending a college or university in the state.
  • A minimum residency of one year before enrolling is required for independent students (not receiving financial support or claimed as dependents by parents or guardians on their income tax forms).
  • The student bears the burden of proof in making a claim to resident status.
  • To request a change in residency classification, the student must submit an Application for Residency Review and provide proof of residency in Indiana.

Residency Status Review

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Ohio Residents and In-State Tuition

If you live within one of the following western Ohio counties, you may qualify for in-state tuition at Ball State University:

  • Allen
  • Auglaize
  • Butler
  • Darke
  • Defiance
  • Fulton
  • Henry
  • Mercer
  • Paulding
  • Preble
  • Putnam
  • Shelby
  • Van Wert
  • Williams

In-state tuition is substantially less than out-of-state tuition. Ohio residents of these counties may be eligible for this tuition reduction if they are pursuing a bachelor's or graduate degree.
To learn more, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.