Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech Community College, announced at the Feb. 9 State Board of Trustees meeting an extension of the Ivy+ tuition benefits program. Ivy+ will continue to cover the cost of required textbooks for all eligible students in the 2022-23 academic year. This is the second year textbooks will be provided at no cost 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,” said Dr. Ellspermann. “We know that the cost of textbooks are 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 over $14 million. In spring 2022, more than 47,000 students have already 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. 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 accepts applications year-round at, and has classes that start multiple times per year for quicker entry and graduation. For more information about getting started at Ivy Tech Bloomington, contact or call 812-330-6013.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.