Support Your Student

Welcome to Ball State! Preparing for college is exciting, and families play an important role in helping students through the transition. Make the most of the special resources and opportunities we offer to support your student's journey. Once your student completes enrollment confirmation, you’ll officially be part of our Cardinal community!

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Visit Ball State

Sign up for a campus tour, virtual information sessions, and online appointments to learn more about Ball State and your student's future here. Get your questions answered about admissions, financial aid, housing, academic programs, and more.

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Helpful Resources

Find important information and links below for parents, guardians, and families of students who've been admitted to Ball State.

Information For Parents

Visit Ball State’s Orientation webpage to view resources and materials that will assist you in supporting your student’s transition to college. Additional information and next steps for your student can also be found on this page. Please feel free to directly contact our Office of Orientation.

Videos for New Freshmen 

Our video guides answer questions that first-time freshmen have about our application, the test-optional decision, financial aid, housing, and more. Watch our videos and share them with your students. View our YouTube playlist for first-time freshmen.

Additional Materials

Parents Advisory Council

Ball State's Parents Advisory Council is a small organization of parents who work to meet the objectives of the Parents Association. This council serves as a means of two-way communication between parents and the university as it creates an avenue for parents to ask questions and express concerns.

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Safety Information

Ball State is committed to making sure our students, faculty, staff, and visitors are safe while they are on campus. The COVID-19 pandemic has created additional challenges. See all of our campus safety resources and learn about our coronavirus safety plan for students.

Parental Notification Policy

Through Ball State's Parental Notification Policy, we ask parents to help us address the abuse of alcohol and other drugs by college students. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) permits colleges and universities to inform parents/guardians of students under age 21 when their student has been found in violation of university alcohol and drug policies.

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Costs and Calculators

We know that you’re concerned about the bottom line of your student’s education and how to pay for it. Our competitive costs and generous financial aid help make college more affordable.

Payments and Access

Student Financial Services statements are available online through eBill for your student’s tuition, housing, and other fees. Using this service, you can check your account or pay online by electronic withdrawal from a checking or savings account (e-check). Once your student provides you with account access called Authorized Payer, you may sign in to view eBill and make payments online. As an authorized payer, you can also deposit funds directly into your student’s Cardinal Cash account, which can be used at various locations on campus, including dining locations, sporting events, selected laundry facilities, and some businesses in the Village. In addition to authorized payer access, parents and guardians also need proxy access to communicate with university employees. 

Proxy Access     Authorized Payer

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Apply for Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid at Ball State, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible, if they haven’t done so.

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Show Your Ball State Pride

Digital Backgrounds Now that you're part of the Ball State family, display your Cardinal spirit with our digital backgrounds for your devices, a printable yard/window sign for your home, and fun GIFs for your social media.

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