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Ball State announces tuition increase, but school says it's small in comparison

Posted at 1:15 AM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 01:16:51-04

MUNCIE — Tuition will increase the next two years at Ball State University, but the school says the hikes are small compared to other schools in Indiana and across the country.

According to a release from the university, Ball State's board of trustees voted to raise undergraduate tuition rates by 1.25% for 2019-20 and 1.25% for 2020-21. The release said the increase is below the recommended percentage recommended by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (1.65%) and the national average for 4-year public universities (3.1%).

“Our ability to keep tuition rate increases at 2% or less since 2013 is no accident,” board chair Rick Hall said. “We have been entrusted with the stewardship of public funds and Indiana families’ investments, and we take that responsibility to heart.

"Our prudent fiscal management has enabled us to keep tuition increases low and provide our students with high quality, affordable education.”

Ball State said it has more than doubled its institutional financial aid it offers to students from $21.5 million in 2013 to $46 million at the end of the 2019 academic year.