Ball State tuition is calculated at a cost-per-credit-hour rate; plus, you will be responsible for indirect costs such as books and other course materials.

You may also qualify for financial assistance. We recommend you check out these key sources:

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship

TEACH Early Childhood Indiana

If you teach and live in Indiana, see if you qualify for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Indiana Scholarship Program.

Assistant teachers, Early Head Start home visitors, center directors, or family childcare home owners may also apply.

This unique scholarship program, designed to ultimately improve the quality of early care and educational experiences for young children, can potentially cover up to 90 percent of your Ball State tuition and book costs for the classes needed to complete your degree.

When T.E.A.C.H. receives your qualifying grades, you may also be eligible for a $50 per semester stipend and a $300 qualifying bonus.

Criteria for T.E.A.C.H. Applicants

You are invited to apply if you meet the following criteria:

  • Are enrolled in the bachelor's in family and child: early childhood education, master's in elementary education: early childhood, or early childhood master teacher graduate certificate
  • Live and work in Indiana
  • Are employed at least 30 hours per week in a licensed, registered or certified early childhood center, family childcare home, or registered ministry within Indiana (for a full-time scholarship)
  • Are employed at least 20 hours, but no more than 29 hours, per week, in a licensed, registered or certified early childhood center, family childcare home or registered ministry, within Indiana (for part-time scholarship)
  • Earn $20 or less per hour
  • Are a high school graduate or have obtained a GED
  • Are committed to the field of early childhood education


If you have questions about the T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship, you can direct them to Becky Druetzler.

Grants for College

Good news for Indiana adult students! The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is offering college grants for adults returning to college, or even beginning their educational journey. The Adult Student Grant awards up to $2,000 to help pay for your college expenses and is renewable. This grant is available to Indiana residents, aged 25 and older, who are enrolled or will be enrolled in an undergraduate program.* Review the requirements below and learn if you qualify for the Adult Student Grant.

Learn More about the Adult Student Grant

*Additional requirements are listed on the Indiana Commission for Higher Education Adult Student Grant website.

Ball State’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Specialists in our Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships can help you understand more about other financial aid opportunities that you might qualify for and the requirements needed to apply and receive aid.

Tuition Assistance from Your 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.

Military Benefits

If you are active in the military, a veteran, or a spouse or dependent of a veteran or active service member, Ball State can help you find out if you qualify for any financial aid benefits.