Ball State Offers Cash-Saving Options

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Ball State on Tuesday became the latest state university to offer an olive branch to students and families struggling to pay skyrocketing tuition.

New incentives -- including a $500 "completion scholarship" for in-state seniors on track to graduate within four years -- won't roll back a 3.9 percent tuition increase this year at the Muncie-based university. Or a 4.9 percent hike planned next year.

But some students could save serious cash. With its plan, Ball State joins Indiana University in announcing cost-saving efforts that also are aimed at helping more students graduate on time.

Just two months after university presidents were called in by state lawmakers to answer for large tuition hikes, a key legislator sees progress.

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