Ivy Tech Community College will continue covering costs of required textbooks for all eligible students in its 2022-23 academic year.
Sue Ellspermann, college president, announced the continuation of the Ivy+ textbooks program during the recent state board of trustees meeting. It will be the second year that textbooks will be provided at no costs to students.
“Continuing to find innovative ways to lower costs for our students is an important part of the overall value we are providing to students and to our community,” she said. “We know that the cost of textbooks is often a limiting factor for our students, and we are pleased to be able to provide free textbooks for another year.”
In Fall 2021, more than 55,000 students received free textbooks for a savings to students of more than $14 million. In spring 2022, more than 47,000 students have enrolled and will receive similar savings.
Ivy Tech’s Ivy+ tuition program also continues in 2022-23, providing a new tuition model for full-time students. When students take at least 12 credit hours a semester, they pay a flat rate and can add additional credit hours for no additional cost.
The flat rate encourages full-time students to take additional courses each term, helping them graduate faster and save money, Ivy Tech said. As part of the Ivy+ tuition program, part-time students will see their tuition frozen in 2022-23 at the same rate as the previous academic year and will pay the lowest per-credit-hour fee in the state.
Ivy Tech’s Northwest and North Central Indiana campus locations include, East Chicago, Gary, Goshen, La Porte, Michigan City, South Bend and Valparaiso.