Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.40
Liaison Margaret Lo
Submission Date June 12, 2023

STARS v2.2

Ball State University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.73 / 4.00 David Clark
Associate Director of Financial Aid Operations
Financial Aid and Scholarships
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:

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, an early college promise program designed to make college more affordable. They also work with other at-risk students to ensure they stay on track to graduate in four years.

Other notable programs that assist with accessibility and affordability include a Basic Needs Hub with an emergency grant program for financial hardship; a textbook affordability program; Guardian Scholars which is a student support service for students who experienced foster care; and Cardinal Kitchen, the campus food pantry program.

Basic Needs Hub: https://www.bsu.edu/about/administrativeoffices/dean-of-students/basic-needs-hub
Textbook Affordability at Ball State: https://www.bsu.edu/about/administrativeoffices/provost/facresources/textbook-affordability
Guardian Scholars: https://www.bsu.edu/about/administrativeoffices/student-affairs/guardianscholars
Cardinal Kitchen: https://www.bsu.edu/campuslife/student-life/programs-services/service-opportunities/cardinal-kitchen

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 https://www.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:

Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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:


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