The ABC program is a partnership between the Indiana University regional campuses in Kokomo, Gary and South Bend in conjunction with the Ivy Tech Community College campuses of northern and north central Indiana. The ABC program represents the proven formula in higher education that students who earn an Associate’s degree at a community college are much more likely to go on to earn their Bachelor’s degree at a college or university.
Associate + Bachelor’s = Completion
= College degrees
The ABC program provides full-time Ivy Tech students with an excellent pathway to earn quality, accessible, and affordable associate and bachelor's degrees which will increase their opportunities for a professional career. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain by enrolling in the ABC program. Enrollment does not limit transfer options in any way. In fact, if an Ivy Tech student decides to transfer to IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, or IU South Bend, they will have guaranteed admission and other advantages not available to non-ABC students. It is easy to enroll and it's free.
Who is eligible for the ABC program?
Full-time Ivy Tech students in good academic standing who have successfully completed one semester with at least twelve (12) semester units are eligible to apply.
When should I sign up for the ABC program?
For most students, the best time to sign up will be early in your second semester at Ivy Tech after completing your first full-time semester, with a minimum of twelve (12) semester units. If you begin your studies at Ivy Tech in spring semester rather than fall, the same rules apply. If you are an entering freshman at Ivy Tech and an ASAP or honors student or have earned at least six ACP or AP credits, IU may contact you about signing up for the program.
What if I’m just beginning my freshman year at Ivy Tech? Can I sign up before or during my first semester?
Yes. The ABC Transfer Specialist will help you enroll before or during your first semester at Ivy Tech if you meet the requirements. Students with strong academic promise such as ASAP students, students with AP credit or a minimum of six ACP credits, or high school honors students are good candidates to enroll before or during their first semester at Ivy Tech. At IU South Bend, there will be a residential summer bridge program before you begin your first fall semester at Ivy Tech for eligible students who wish to participate.
How do I enroll in the ABC program?
It’s easy to enroll. Just contact your ABC Transfer Specialist.
What if my Ivy Tech campus is not listed?
We’re sorry, but not all Ivy Tech campuses are served by the ABC Program. IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, and IU South Bend can only serve students in their region. But don’t let that stop you from seeking help with transferring elsewhere. Every Ivy Tech campus has a Transfer Division. Contact a staff member there for assistance.
I’m doing well at Ivy Tech, but I’m not sure if I want to transfer to an IU regional campus. Should I sign up for the program anyway?
Yes. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Whether or not you decide to transfer to IU Kokomo, IU Northwest or IU South Bend, you will receive valuable advice from an ABC Transfer Specialist. If you eventually choose to transfer to IU Kokomo, IU Northwest or IU South Bend in the ABC program and maintain good academic performance, you will receive transfer scholarships for four semesters and may be eligible for full support for all direct educational costs.
Why should I enroll in the ABC program?
If you enroll in the ABC program, complete your associate degree at Ivy Tech and transfer to IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, or South Bend, you will be able to take advantage of the following benefits:
- Guaranteed admissions to IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, or IU South Bend if you maintain the standards associated with participation in the ABC program. Keep in mind that some academic programs such as dental hygiene, nursing, or radiology have limited enrollment and thus have separate standards for admission into the major. Please inquire with your ABC Transfer Specialist for more information and prepare early to enter these competitive majors.
- The Titan Transfer Scholarship at IU South Bend is equivalent to the difference between the tuition rate effective the semester you joined the ABC program and the tuition when you enter IU South Bend.
- If Pell-eligible, you may qualify for the Titan Transfer Plus Scholarship at IU South Bend. This scholarship covers the full costs of tuition, fees and books that are not covered by the student's PELL, 21st Century or O’Bannon scholarship, Titan Transfer Scholarship and privately funded award grants.
- Personalized advising relationship with an ABC Transfer Specialist
- Financial literacy training using Indiana University’s successful program to reduce student debt
- Early career counseling which will help you to:
- focus on a degree program, minimizing courses needed for your degree
- find early career internship or even job placement opportunities
- For those who select to attend, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, and IU South Bend will offer a summer bridge program to ABC students at different stages of the student’s career at Ivy Tech
- Social and cultural events at the IU regional campuses.
As an ABC program student at Ivy Tech am I guaranteed admission to Indiana University?
You are guaranteed admission to one of the three Indiana University regional campuses participating in the ABC program: IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, or IU South Bend. While you are guaranteed admission to any of these three IU regional campuses, based on your academic performance, you may or may not be admitted to a small number of highly competitive majors such as dental hygiene, nursing, or radiology.
If you complete your associate degree at Ivy Tech, you also are likely eligible for admission to another IU regional campus (IU East, IU Southeast) or to the IU programs at IPFW. You also may be eligible to transfer to IUPUI or IU Bloomington. By working early with an ABC Transfer Specialist and meeting high academic standards, you can chart a course to transfer to any IU campus—but you are only guaranteed admission to IU Kokomo, IU Northwest or IU South Bend by participating in the ABC program.
Could you explain the Titan Transfer Scholarship at IU South Bend?
Like other universities, Indiana University sometimes raises tuition to keep up with the cost of inflation. For all ABC program students at IU South Bend, the Titan Transfer Scholarship provides an offset for any tuition increases at IU that occur between the time when an Ivy Tech student registers for the ABC program and when that student begins at IU South Bend. If you maintain eligibility, you will receive this type of scholarship for four consecutive semesters (excluding summer) at IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, or IU South Bend that will keep your actual tuition costs stable.
Can you give me an example?
Here’s an example (not actual tuition numbers).
A first-semester student at Ivy Tech signs up for the ABC program in Fall 2014. The tuition for fall 2014 is $200 per student credit hour. For two semesters (15 credit hours each), the cost is $6,000 (30 credit hours). The IU tuition increase for fall 2015 is 2%, fall 2016 is 2%, and fall 2017 is 2%. A student completes an associate degree at Ivy Tech in summer 2016 and transfers to IU South Bend for fall 2016. The tuition for fall 2016 is $208.08 per student credit hour. The cost for two semesters (15 credit hours each) is $6242.40 (30 credit hours). In the junior year if a student enrolls full time at IU South Bend, the Titan Transfer Scholarship will be $242.40, the difference between $6242.40 and $6000.
The tuition in fall 2017 is $212.24 per student credit hour. The cost for two semesters (15 credit hours each) is $6367.20 (30 credit hours). In your senior year at IU South Bend, the Titan Transfer Scholarship will be $367.20, the difference between $6367.20 and $6000.
The Titan Transfer Scholarship covers four semesters for the junior and senior year at IU South Bend, so the student’s eligibility has now ended. You have graduated with a bachelor’s degree and saved $609.60 through your good academic performance and timely completion of 30 student credit hours per year.
Of course, tuition increases may be lower or higher, meaning that your scholarship may be worth less or more than the example illustrates. But you can see that in a short time, even with modest tuition increases, that the Titan Transfer Scholarship at IU South Bend will motivate you to finish more quickly and with more money in your pocket.
Does the Titan Transfer Scholarship also cover summer terms?
To encourage degree completion, IU regional campuses now provide a 25% discount for summer courses.
Could you explain the Titan Transfer Plus Scholarship at IU South Bend?
The Titan Plus Scholarship is a competitive scholarship available to ABC students at IU South Bend eligible for a federal Pell Grant. Scholarship awards cover the full costs of tuition, fees and books that are not covered by the student's PELL, 21st Century or O’Bannon scholarship, Titan Transfer Scholarship and privately funded award grants. The scholarship is awarded for a maximum of four consecutive semesters (excluding summer). Only students who enrolled in the ABC program before earning 31 credit hours will be eligible to apply. For more information ask your ABC Transfer Specialist.
What if I am not Pell-eligible or already have more than 31 student credit hours?
You are still eligible for the Titan Transfer Scholarship, scholarships specific to transfer students, and any number of other scholarships available at IU South Bend. See your ABC Transfer Specialist to set up an appointment with the IU South Bend financial aid office.
What advising will be available to me as an ABC program student at Ivy Tech?
Your ABC Transfer Specialist will assist you with transfer advice, course selection, and personalized academic planning to complete both your associate and bachelor's degrees in a minimum number of terms. As you are in the final stages of your associate degree, the transfer specialist will introduce you (in person or virtually) to your major advisor —a member of the IU South Bend faculty or staff. We want to ensure you remain on the right track, so we require you to meet with your ABC Transfer Specialist at least once per semester.
Your ABC Transfer Specialist also will connect you to IU’s financial literacy module and to financial counselors. This will help you plan your finances to graduate on time and with minimal debt.
Your ABC Transfer Specialist also will connect you to career counseling services. Early career advising will help you to minimize the number of courses that won’t apply to your chosen degree and may provide opportunities for early internships or even job opportunities in your chosen field.
Who is my ABC Transfer Specialist?
The ABC Transfer Specialists are:
How long will it take to earn my associate degree and bachelor’s degree if I follow the requirements of the ABC program?
We have designed the ABC program to enable students to complete both an associate and bachelor's degree within four years. Depending on when you enroll in the ABC program, you will have from two to five academic semesters (plus summers) to complete your associate degree. If you enroll at IU Kokomo, IU Northwest or IU South Bend the semester after you graduate with your associate degree from Ivy Tech, you will have four more semesters (plus summers) to complete your bachelor’s degree. You may take more time than four semesters to complete the bachelor’s degree, but we encourage ABC program students to take advantage of all the financial benefits of the program by completing in no more than two years from the date of transfer.
As an ABC program student, does it matter what associate degree program I am in at my Ivy Tech campus?
Full-time students in all degree programs—including A.A.S. degrees—are eligible to enroll in the ABC program.
If I am in a selective admission program, can I still enroll in the ABC Program?
Yes. To be in the ABC program, you need to enroll during your second semester in your selective program, such as Nursing. You are exempt from the 0-31 credit hour rule. Your ABC Transfer Specialist can help you understand this issue and how it applies to you.
Why does the ABC Program require that I finish my associate degree before I transfer to IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, or IU South Bend?
Studies show that students who complete an associate degree before transfer are much more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree, and they do so in a shorter period of time. If you complete an A.A. or A.S., you also will have completed your lower division general education requirements, which means you won’t have to redo them when you transfer to IU regional campuses or other public universities in Indiana. Of course, you can still transfer to your IU regional campus without an associate degree if for some reason this is the best course of action for you. Still, the completion of the associate degree is an important milestone in your path to a bachelor's degree and we encourage you to pursue the ABC program if you are eligible and interested in it. Life happens. If something delays or precludes the completion of your bachelor’s degree, your resume will still show you successfully achieved an associate degree at Ivy Tech, increasing your earnings and your eventual likelihood of completing the four-year bachelor’s degree.
Will my credits transfer to IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, or IU South Bend?
Yes. If you sign up early for the ABC program and work closely with your ABC Transfer Specialist to select the right courses, your college level courses should transfer.
What is the ABC Summer Bridge program? When does it happen? Who participates?
As part of the ABC program, each of the three IU regional campuses involved will have a two-week summer bridge for Ivy Tech students. A “summer bridge” program is designed to increase preparation for college success and in this case to foster the eventual successful transfer from Ivy Tech to a four-year university.
To understand where the summer program might be the most successful for students, each campus is holding this program at a different time in an Ivy Tech student’s studies. IU South Bend will recruit students before they enter Ivy Tech for their first year. Those students will have a two-week residential program with housing and meals free for the students who elect to participate. IU Kokomo will provide its summer program after the freshman year is completed, also in a two week program, with materials and tuition included. IU Northwest will provide a two-week summer program after the sophomore year focused on success after transfer into the four-year university environment, also including materials.
In all cases, all ABC program students will be invited to participate. We will see how many students apply and whether we can accommodate all students who are interested in the summer program. All ABC program students will also be invited to extensive orientation sessions that focus on successful completion of the associate and transfer to a bachelor’s program whether or not you participate in the summer program.
The IU South Bend Summer Bridge Program is scheduled for July 19 to 30. You will participate in day and evening activities with a group of like-minded individuals who will serve as part of your support and social network as you move from your freshmen and sophomore studies at Ivy Tech to your junior and senior studies at IU South Bend. You’ll also interact with faculty, academic advisers, career and financial aid counselors, members of the diverse and dedicated professional staff at IU South Bend and Ivy Tech, and a host of student peer mentors - all of whom are committed to helping you reach your goals.
AND - thanks to a grant from the Kresge Foundation - housing at IU South Bend, meals, and all materials and activities are free. Contact your ABC Transfer Specialist for more information.
Will I feel like a student at IU? Will I have a chance to participate in activities?
ABC program students will fit in easily and successfully at IU Kokomo, IU Northwest and IU South Bend. While attending Ivy Tech, ABC program students will receive regular notice of free activities and will be invited to participate. Ivy Tech students already may apply for on-campus housing at IU South Bend, and ABC program students will be given priority for limited places in housing.
Will I be ready for an Indiana University campus? Won’t I get lost in the crowd?
IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, and IU South Bend have relatively small class sizes, often 25 or less and few large lecture classes. Professors are friendly and welcoming. The campuses are very safe, medium-sized, and have many up-to-date facilities. Faculty often involve undergraduate students in research and there are a large number of activities in and outside the classroom to engage students. After the ABC program, you will be ready for IU.
Will I find the bachelor’s program I want at an IU regional campus?
IU Kokomo, IU Northwest and IU South Bend offer the most popular majors such as business, psychology, or communication, as well as a large variety of other majors. Check early on with your ABC Transfer Specialist to focus on possible majors and ensure that your early course selection is flexible enough to reach your goal of a bachelor’s degree if you’re not sure what you’d like to choose as a major. While many majors are on all three campuses, some of the campuses have unique majors. For more information visit their websites:
Contact your ABC Transfer Specialist. They are: