How We Set Rates
Each year, a committee of staff members representing the university's Business Affairs and Student Affairs and Enrollment Services divisions meets to create a proposal for residence hall room and board rates for the coming academic year. The proposal is based on anticipated operating expenses, facility maintenance expenses, student programming needs, and other costs. The suggested rate is then proposed to the Ball State Board of Trustees for review and final approval. Room and board rates are the same for residents of Indiana and from other state.
Housing and Residence Life and Ball State Dining are self-sustaining units and are expected to generate all revenue for both operational and capital improvement expenditures. They receive no taxpayer support. As stated in the Housing and Residence Life Mission Statement and the Dining Value Statement, both areas make every effort to operate in as cost-effective a manner as possible and work very hard to keep any annual rate increase to the lowest possible amount so room and board remains accessible to all students.
2021-2022 ACADEMIC YEAR HALL OPENINGS
Premium Plans - Halls Open: 9:00 a.m. - Wednesday, August 18.
Standard Plans - Halls Open: 9:00 a.m. - Thursday, August 19.
THANKSGIVING BREAK 2021 HALL OPENING
Halls Open: 9:00 a.m. - Sunday, November 28, 2021.
'21-22 SEMESTER BREAK HALL OPENING
Halls Open: 9:00 a.m. - Sunday, January 9, 2022.
2022 SPRING BREAK HALL OPENING
Halls Open: 9:00 a.m. - Sunday, March 13, 2022.
All residence halls will close for the breaks implemented into the academic semester (i.e. fall and spring). During these breaks, students do not need to remove all of their personal items and belongings from their residence hall room. Removal of all personal items and belongings from a student's residence hall occurs in the spring at the end of the academic year.
Thanksgiving break 2021 Hall Closing
Halls Close: 8:00 a.m. - Wednesday, November 24, 2021.
'21-22 semester break HALL CLOSING
Halls Close: 4:00 p.m. - Saturday, December 18, 2021.
2022 Spring BREAK HALL CLOSING
Halls Close: 8:00 a.m. - Saturday, March 5, 2022.
SPRING 2022 - END OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR HALL CLOSING
Halls Close: 8:00 a.m. - Sunday, May 8, 2022. You may request an extension by contacting your Residence Hall Director.
Spring 2022 Check Out Procedure:
Before you leave campus, you must check out with a hall staff member when you are ready to leave. Being ready to leave means you have packed up your belongings, cleaned your room, and you’ve rearranged your furniture back to its original layout. When these steps are complete, please go to the front desk in your residence hall.
At the front desk you will:
- Scan a self-checkout QR Code
- Sign your Room Inventory Form
- Drop your room key off with the front desk worker
Keys: Your room key must be turned into a hall staff member before departing from campus. Do not mail keys after you have left. If you do not turn in your key prior to departing, you will be charged a fee for re-coring your room.
Mail: Please forward your mail to your permanent address and stop placing online orders to your residence hall by May 1. Non-USPS Packages that are not picked up will be considered abandoned property.
The Office of Housing and Residence Life is not responsible for forwarding packages on behalf of students or handling non-USPS Packages that are not picked up. Packages that are handled through the United States Postal Service (USPS) will experience a delay between arriving at the residence hall and being sent to the provided forwarding home address.
Abandoned Items/Recycling: If you have items (clothing, small appliances) and non-perishable food that you do not wish to take home, please consider donating these items. Check at your residence hall desk for the donation site for your building. Donated items will be given to local charities.
Quiet Hours: 24-hour Quiet Hours begin at midnight, Friday, April 29, and end at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 7. Courtesy hours are daily from noon-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. You are encouraged to dismantle all lofts/bunk beds before Quiet Hours begin.
Summer Housing: If you are taking summer classes at Ball State, Studebaker East will be available for summer residence hall housing. More information and an application for summer housing can be found here.