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. 

Download Application (PDF)