Can I get assistance from my employer?

There may be a chance that your workplace will help cover some of the cost of your education. Check with your workplace to learn if they do.

Does Ball State offer assistance for older students?

If you are an Indiana resident age 60 or older, you may qualify for a 50 percent reduction in the cost of your Ball State tuition.

Does Ball State offer assistance to its employees and their families?

Ball State employees and their dependents may be eligible for significant tuition reductions for academic programs and courses.

I am seeking a graduate certificate or educator license. What aid is available to me?

If you are seeking a graduate-level certificate or educator license, rather than a degree, financial aid may or may not be available to you. Please check with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships if you have questions. Let the representative know what specific program you are considering.

Can I make payment through installments?

Many online students choose to pay their tuition via installment payments, which Ball State refers to as the deferment option. View the Student Financial Services frequently asked questions about the deferment option.

Will I be eligible to receive tax credits or deductions?

Tax credits or deductions may be available to you while you are attending Ball State.

Below are some common ones, but we emphasize that you should check with the IRS or a tax expert for the latest information that applies to your situation.

TAX CREDITS

Two tax credits that you should be aware of are the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. They allow you to subtract, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, the amount of the credit from your total federal income tax bill. Tax credits are different than tax deductions and usually allow for greater total savings than tax deductions, which are subtracted from your income before your taxes are calculated. Tax credits usually allow for greater total savings than tax deductions.

TAX DEDUCTIONS

After you complete your studies at Ball State, you may be eligible for a tax deduction on the interest of some federal student loans.

To learn more about income tax credits and deductions, read IRS Publication 970 (PDF).

I have a hold on my account. How do I register for classes?

Visit the Office of Student Financial Services website or contact their office: call 765-285-1643 or email sfs@bsu.edu.

Will I be charged a fee to pay by credit card?

If you use a credit or debit card, you will be charged an extra 2.75 percent of the amount that you are paying. 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.

Does Ball State offer College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams?

Ball State also offers national College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams for $134. Successfully passing a CLEP exam lets Ball State grant academic credit in various subjects, thus potentially reducing your overall costs.

If I take a class on campus, will that affect my bill?

If you take any courses on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana, during a semester, you will pay tuition and fees for main-campus undergraduate students.

This does not impact most of our online and distance students. However, a few students in blended programs take all online courses one semester but may choose to take a few on campus. Any semester where you take on-campus courses, you will be charged additional fees.

Who do I contact for questions about billing and financial aid?

If you have any questions about tuition or estimating your bill, contact Student Financial Services.

If you have questions about financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.