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Ball State Moves Closer To A Tuition Hike

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 Ball State University plans to raise tuition by 2 percent for students next year, if approved by the Board of Trustees. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, that’s in line with other Indiana universities…


Ball State Vice President for Business Affairs Randy Howard says the Muncie school will raise tuition for undergraduate and graduate students by two percent next year… and another two percent the year after that. In-state full-time undergraduates will pay a little more than nine thousand dollars next year. Out-of-state undergrads will pay a little more than twenty-four thousand dollars. Ball State President Jo Ann Gora says the proposed increase is the lowest since 1972.

 “It represents a $90 per semester increase in the first year and a $92 increase per semester increase in the second year.”

 Ball State, like other public universities, announced a tuition increase that is within the 2 percent level recommended by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. While Purdue University made headlines by freezing tuition for two years at its West Lafayette campus, Howard says that is not an option for Ball State, and it’s not quite truthful.

 “The tuition cares about tuition and mandatory fees. Purdue froze tuition and increased mandatory fees. So, if you look at the total, they really have about a 1 percent – if my memory’s right – increase in what the typical student will pay.”

 Ball State has also added three new student fees for next year – a study abroad fee, a per-semester equipment fee for journalism and telecommunications majors, and a per-semester transportation fee for all students living off-campus. The Board of Trustees will vote on the tuition plan Thursday afternoon. For Indiana Public Broadcasting, I’m Stephanie Wiechmann… in Muncie.



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