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Apply as an Ivy Tech Guest Student TodayAs an Ivy Tech guest student, get the best of both worlds while working on your degree! 

Take advantage of Ivy Tech’s low tuition rates, numerous online classes, small class sizes and much more as a guest student, all while still being enrolled at your home college or university. Many of our Ivy Tech guest students come back to take their general education courses and pre-requisites, such as Macro and Micro Econ, Math or Public Speaking!

Whether you would like to take a class while you are at home over summer break, add an online class to your upcoming schedule or need a smaller setting for a subject you struggle with, Ivy Tech has you covered. 

Not only will we help you save money, but we may help you graduate faster too! Be sure to tell your friends. It is always fun to take classes with a buddy!

How does it work? 

You can take a class at your hometown or local Ivy Tech campus, or through Ivy Online, and you'll be one step closer to graduation. Ivy Online classes are a popular choice among our guest students and there are many choices to accommodate your schedule. And, they are a great way to complete any of your pre-requisites or electives for your Bachelor's degree. 

How to get started 

Taking courses at Ivy Tech to transfer back to your college or university is easy.

  1. Complete a Guest Student Application.

  2. Register for classes online via MyIvy or at your local Registrar Office.

  3. Pay your tuition online via MyIvy or at the campus Business Office.

Important things to remember as a Guest Student

  • Ivy Tech does not offer financial aid to Guest Students.
  • Make sure you speak with your advisor at your home institution to make sure you are taking courses that will transfer. Ivy Tech cannot guarantee the transferability of courses to your home institution.
  • You need to complete the Guest Student Application to register for classes. Please allow at least 1-2 business days after submission before you register for classes.
  • Guest Student Applications are only good for one semester. If you wish to take courses as a guest student in future semesters, and we hope you will, you will simply need to submit another application.
  • International students on an F-1 student visa must submit page one of their I-20 with their completed Guest Student Application. International students may need to grant permission for the DSO at their home school to discuss their SEVIS standing with a DSO from Ivy Tech Community College.
  • It is important you are aware of the prerequisites for every Ivy Tech course. Having the knowledge necessary to succeed in your course(s) is assured by completing the prerequisites. Please review the college catalog to review the prerequisites for each course, or speak with your advisor
  • If you plan to use GI Bill benefits as a guest student you will need to contact your home college Veteran Services and request a parent letter to be sent to Veteran Services at the Ivy Tech location where you are registered. You should also visit the Ivy Tech Veteran Services office to confirm that your benefits have been applied. 

A paper application is available. Please complete and return it to the admissions office or Express Enrollment Center at your hometown or local Ivy Tech campus by email, postal mail or in-person. Find your nearest campus’ contact information on our Admissions page (scroll to the “Additional Information by Campus” section and select the dropdown for your area). Important note: If you choose to email your application, it must be a scanned copy and not a picture taken from a smartphone or tablet. 


"I had such an amazing experience as a guest student at Ivy Tech. I was able to take classes during the summer and get ahead in my course work, which relieved me of a lot of stress and gave me more freedom to pick and choose my courses for the next semester. Summer school isn't ideal for lots of people, but my professor at Ivy Tech was able to fit so much information into such a short course, and I left every class feeling really confident in myself and the education I received. My professor made such an effort to make the course interesting, and to ensure that we felt comfortable with the material we were learning. Ivy Tech was a beautiful building with amazing instructors and professors and not only did I enjoy the classes I took but I was definitely prepared for the classes I took when I returned to IU in the Fall." - Hailey Ip

Ivy Tech guest student testimonial Hailey Ip


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