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Ball State University has joined the Federal Academic Alliance and is offering reduced tuition rates for all eligible, non-Indiana resident Federal Government Employees (civil servants), spouses, and dependents who enroll in online graduate-level programs and courses through Ball State’s Teachers College.

Ball State is also extending this offer to eligible Federal Government retirees. Educators and staff who work in state-funded institutions are classified as state employees, and therefore not eligible for the Federal Academic Alliance tuition reduction.

As a Ball State Online student, you will receive the following: 

  • In-state tuition rates – approximately a 30% reduction – for out-of-state (non-Indiana) residents
  • Academic excellence from the award-winning Teachers College

Teachers College Graduate Education Programs and Courses 

Whether your goal is to take one or a few courses to fulfill a license certification or recertification, or you’d like to earn a post-graduate degree, the skills you learn in your online courses can be applied to your career the next day. 

The Federal Academic Alliance reduced tuition rate only applies to online graduate-level programs and courses offered through Ball State Teachers College.*

Eligible Course Offerings (XLS)

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  • Adult and Community Education
  • Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in autism
  • Curriculum and Educational Technology
  • Educational Administration and Supervision with principal's license
  • Educational Psychology
  • Elementary Education
  • Executive Development for Public Service
  • Quantitative Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • Adult and Community Education
  • College and University Teaching
  • Community College Leadership
  • Computer Education for Teachers
  • Curriculum Development and Leadership
  • Disabilities for Post-Secondary Settings with an Emphasis in Autism
  • Early Childhood Master Teacher
  • Early Childhood Program Administration
  • Enhanced Teaching Practices for Elementary Teachers
  • Gifted and Talented Education
  • Human Development and Learning
  • Identity and Leadership Development for Counselors (teen counseling)
  • Institutional Research
  • Literacy Instruction
  • Middle Level Education
  • Neuropsychology for Teaching and Learning
  • Special Education: American Sign Language and Deaf Studies
  • Special Education: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Special Education: Autism
  • Special Education: Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
  • Special Education: Response to Intervention (RTI)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Virtual and Distance Education Teaching
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) in Adult and Community Education
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Administration and Supervision
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) in Elementary Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Elementary Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Special Education
  • Specialist in Education (EdS) in Educational Administration and Supervision
  • Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Director of Exceptional Needs License
  • Exceptional Needs: Deaf and Hard of Hearing (K-12)
  • Exceptional Needs: Early Childhood (P-6)
  • Gifted and Talented (High Abilities) License
  • Principal's License
  • Reading
  • Special Education: Intense Interventions (K-12)
  • Special Education: Mild Interventions (K-12)
  • Superintendent's License
  • Transition to Teaching: Elementary Education
  • Transition to Teaching: Secondary Education
  • Virtual and Distance Education Teaching

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Verify Employment

  • Submit your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) as proof of employment to no later than the first day of classes. Check the academic calendar for start dates.
    • The LES is required to receive the tuition reduction. You may be asked to send an updated LES before each semester.
    • Use the subject line “Federal Academic Alliance Employment Verification” when submitting your LES. Also include the following information in your email:
      • Name
      • Employment/Retiree/Spouse/Dependent Status
      • Federal Department Name
      • Intended Program Name
    • Spouses and dependents of Federal Employees will need to submit additional documentation along with the Federal Employee’s current LES. Review the “Eligibility” section for more information.

* If you register for non-eligible courses, more than 12 credits, or if you do not submit your LES before the first day of classes, you’ll be assessed tuition rates based on your residence. Any adjustments to course registrations may result in changes to your bill and possible monies owed.


All current Federal Employees, spouses, dependents, and retirees are eligible for the in-state tuition rate for Teachers College online, graduate-level programs and courses. The full terms of eligibility are listed below.

  • You will need to apply to be admitted to the Ball State Graduate School in order to pursue online graduate certificates, degrees, or courses for professional development.
  • You may enroll in a maximum of 12 credits per semester.
  • You need to maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA within the first 9 credits and beyond to continue receiving a tuition discount.
  • You are responsible for paying all other applicable fees.

If you are no longer employed by the Federal Government, then you are no longer eligible for the 30% tuition reduction. However, if you began a Teachers College program through Ball State’s Federal Academic Alliance partnership, but do not reach completion within two years, you will remain eligible for the tuition reduction only under the following circumstances:

  • You remain employed as a Federal employee or you are separated from Federal employment due to a general “reduction in force” of Federal employees.
  • You remain in good academic standing.
  • You continue your enrollment uninterrupted until program completion
  • You remain in good financial standing with Ball State and Teachers College.
  • If you are a spouse or dependent, you will need to submit a current LES of the Federal Employee along with the following documentation:
    • Spouses: Marriage license
    • Dependents: Birth certificate or the most recent tax return on which you were claimed as a dependent
  • You will need to apply to be admitted to the Ball State Graduate School in order to pursue online graduate certificates, degrees, or courses for professional development.
  • You may enroll in a maximum of 12 credits per semester.
  • You need to maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA within the first 9 credits and beyond to continue receiving a tuition discount.
  • You are responsible for paying all other applicable fees.

*Final determination of eligibility is made by Ball State University. The terms of the partnership between Ball State University Teachers College and Federal Academic Alliance will be reviewed every five years and are subject to change, termination, or cancellation at any time by either party via written correspondence. Upon termination, students will be permitted to continue their current enrollment through the end of the current course section.

Ball State’s Reputation: A Leader In Online Education

Ball State has a rich history and national reputation for providing high-quality online education. These programs are consistently recognized as “Best Online Programs” by U.S. News & World Report.

The online format is designed with the working adult in mind and allows you the flexibility to earn an advanced education, no matter where you reside. Many Ball State Online students take one or two courses at a time until they find the right balance between work, classes, and life. And, you’ll still earn a reputable Ball State degree without having to step foot inside a physical classroom.

Ball State’s History With Federal Organizations

Ball State’s Teachers College has a long-standing relationship with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). In 2003, Teachers College was one of three schools to form student teaching programs with DoDEA on U.S. military bases in Europe. That program continues to be offered in Europe and is expanding to other areas. We share DoDEA’s emphasis on lifetime learning.