Ivy Tech Community College helps connect students with resources inside and outside our campus community throughout their academic journey through a program called IvyCares, which is often referred to as “wraparound services.” 


Ivy Assist is a fantastic website with local options to assist Ivy Tech students in connecting with resources. Use this website to search for services available in the Indianapolis area. Ivy Assist can connect you with organizations that provide food assistance, housing needs, transportation, health resources, financial assistance, education options, legal services, and so much more. To check out what is offered, visit ivyassist.auntbertha.com


All locations in the Indianapolis service area have a shared shelf that students are welcome to use, including a food pantry on the fourth floor of the North Meridian Center (NMC) on the downtown Indianapolis campus. Ivy Tech students experiencing food insecurity can visit NMC 414 Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students will need to complete a quick intake form, and then they can grab food. Students are welcome to shop for food bi-weekly as needed.


Students can purchase a 30-day Indy-Go bus pass for $30 through the Bursar’s Office. IvyCares may be able to assist with a one-time bus pass if an emergency transportation issue occurs.


Students are expected to come to college with the tools necessary to be successful. However, sometimes items break, and home internet may be too slow for college work. IvyCares offers short-term usage of hotspots and laptop computers for students. Students are welcome to complete a request form two weeks before the term starts and two weeks after the start to borrow a laptop for the term.


IvyCares has a clothing closet for students to help prepare for professional interviews. However, some of the clothes are not professional attire that students can take if they need clean clothes. IvyCares regularly accepts clothing donations that are gently used and clean.


The Student Emergency Aid Fund assists students at Ivy Tech Community College through short-term financial emergencies so they can be in class, be prepared, and persist in their academic coursework. This is allowed up to one time. Students must describe their unforeseen financial emergency or catastrophic event as well as how the funds will help alleviate their circumstances, in addition to providing documentation and evidence to support their request. 

Visit ivytech.edu/ivycaresindy or email indianapolis-ivycares@ivytech.edu to learn more.

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.