The following costs are for Ball State students enrolled in bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, undergraduate certificates, or taking 100- to 400-level courses online. They also apply to students taking courses in the Greater Indianapolis area.
Students taking one or more courses on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana: please see "Courses on Campus" below.
Cost Calculator for Online Undergraduate Students
Choose an academic year, then enter your residency status, number of credits, and click "Calculate" to get a cost estimate.
Estimate Your Costs for Fall 2022 - Summer 2023
*This is an estimate to help you plan. Your final bill may be different. A few of our programs also have additional course or program fees, and this estimate does not include textbook or other course material charges. The Ball State University Board of Trustees reserves the right to change tuition, fees, and other charges for any semester or term.
How Costs are Calculated
Full costs for online-only students are made up of four elements:
- per-credit tuition
- an online course fee
- technology fee
- course or program fees that are applicable to only some programs
Students who take all online classes in a semester are not charged fees for main campus services, e.g. health, recreation, and transportation fees.
For complete and detailed information related to costs, download the Student Financial Services tuition and fees guide:
Credit Card Fees
If you use a credit or debit card to pay your bill, 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.
College-Level Examination Program Exams
Ball State also offers national College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams for $125. Successfully passing a CLEP exam lets Ball State grant academic credit in various subjects, thus potentially reducing your overall costs.
Courses on Campus
If you take any courses on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana, during a semester, you will pay tuition and fees for main-campus 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.