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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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, please contact your ABC Transfer Specialist for more information. 

  • 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.   IU Northwest will offer a summer bridge program following your sophomore year and before you begin your first fall semester at IU Northwest.  The summer bridge is for eligible students who apply to participate.

  • It’s easy to enroll. Just contact your ABC Transfer Specialist Brenda Pena-Martinez at 219-980-6984  [[bpenamar]]

  • We’re sorry, but not all Ivy Tech campuses are served by the ABC Program. IU Northwest, IU Kokomo, and IU South Bend can only serve students in their region. Please don’t let that stop you from seeking help with transferring elsewhere. Every Ivy Tech campus has a Transfer Division. Contact our Admissions Office at (219) 980-6991.

  • Yes. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Whether or not you decide to transfer to IU Northwest, IU Kokomo, or IU South Bend, you will receive valuable advice from an ABC Transfer Specialist. If you choose to transfer to IU Northwest, IU Kokomo, 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. 

  • If you enroll in the ABC program, complete your associate degree at Ivy Tech and transfer to IU Northwest, IU Kokomo, or IU South Bend, you will be able to take advantage of the following benefits:

    • Guaranteed admission to IU Northwest, IU Kokomo, 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 RedHawk Transfer Scholarship at IU Northwest is equivalent to the difference between the tuition rate effective the semester you joined the ABC program and the tuition when you enter IU Northwest.
    • If Pell-eligible, you may qualify for the RedHawk Transfer Plus Scholarship at IU Northwest. 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, RedHawk 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 and minimize courses needed for your degree
      • find early career internship or even job placement opportunities
    • A summer bridge program designed for student success at IU Northwest
    • Social and cultural events at IU regional campuses.
  • You are guaranteed admission to one of the three Indiana University regional campuses participating in the ABC program: IU Northwest, IU Kokomo 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.

  • Like other universities, Indiana University Northwest sometimes raises tuition to keep up with the cost of inflation. For all ABC program students at IU Northwest, the RedHawk Transfer Scholarship provides an offset for any tuition increases at IU Northwest that occur between the time when an Ivy Tech student registers for the ABC program and when that student begins at IU Northwest. 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.

  • The ABC Transfer Specialists are:

    IU Northwest
    Brenda Pena-Martinez 
    [[bpenamar]]
    219-980-6984 

    IU South Bend
    Araceli Lepe Moreno
    alepemor@iusb.edu
    574-520-4215

    IU Kokomo
    Kayla Elliot
    kayellio@iuk.edu
    765-455-9562

  • 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 Northwest, IU Kokomo, 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.

  • 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.
  • 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 résumé 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

    Contact your ABC Transfer Specialist for more information.

  • ABC program students will fit in easily and successfully at IU Northwest, IU Kokomo, and IU South Bend. While attending Ivy Tech, ABC program students will receive regular notice of free activities and will be invited to participate. 

  • IU Northwest, IU Kokomo, 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.

  • IU Northwest, IU Kokomo, 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:

    www.iun.edu
    www.iuk.edu
    www.iusb.edu

  • Contact your ABC Transfer Specialist. They are:

    IU Northwest
    Brenda Pena-Martinez
    [[bpenamar]]
    219-980-6984

    IU South Bend
    Araceli Lepe Moreno
    alepemor@iusb.edu
    574-520-4215

    IU Kokomo
    Kayla Elliot
    kayellio@iuk.edu
    765-455-9562

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