For the second consecutive year, Ball State University’s Board of Trustees decided not to increase room, board, or parking fees for students attending the University.
“We are doing everything we can to keep costs affordable for students and their families, while delivering a high-quality educational experience,” said Renae Conley, the Ball State Board of Trustees Chair. “Even with rising inflation, access is our top priority for our institution.”
Ball State’s prudent fiscal management and sustained low tuition increases have secured the University’s position as the most affordable institution in the Mid-American Conference.
“I am grateful to our faculty and staff for demonstrating continued fiscal discipline, which has enabled the Board to make these decisions,” President Geoffrey S. Mearns said. “And I appreciate the support of our Board as we strive to maintain a premier, yet affordable education at our University.”
During the meeting, the Board also approved several other items, including the University’s operating budget for the next academic year. After two years of unpredictability caused by the pandemic, the new operating budget provides the University more stability and includes modest salary increases for eligible employees.
The Board also approved President Mearns’ request to once again provide Days of Beneficence to employees in December 2022. These extra days off are a tangible manifestation of gratitude on behalf of the University and will occur during the upcoming 2022 holiday season.
Additionally, the Board approved adding Juneteenth to the list of recognized University holidays. This decision was made in accordance with Congress’ approval in 2021 to recognize June 19—a date in history that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans—as a federal holiday.