Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.68
Liaison Jennifer Palilonis
Submission Date July 21, 2021

STARS v2.2

Ball State University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.72 / 4.00 John McPherson
Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Planning and Management and Excutive Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
75.63

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
31.42

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
40.90

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
56.45

A brief description of notable policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

Ball State University is test-optional and 39% of students take advantage of that option. Generally we have about 40% of our entering freshmen who are Pell eligible. We pay nearly $9 million in institutional need-based aid to low-income students Both the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid work with graduation and retention specialists to provide support for 21st Century scholars. They also work with other at-risk students to ensure they stay on track to graduate in four years.


A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:

There are specialized services for online students who tend to be older and part-time students. The services include academic support services, peer mentoring, technology support and career planning services. See http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/online/services-for-students


Estimated percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:
50

Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
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In addition to affordability, Inclusive Excellence is a hallmark of a Ball State education and an integral part of our strategy. Many of our low income and disadvantaged students benefit both directly and indirectly from this value at our institution. See the link below for more information:

https://www.bsu.edu/about/inclusive-excellence

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