IRSC Promise - Indian River State College
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The IRSC Promise

Thanks to those of you who have pledged the IRSC Promise in 2022!

Take the next steps and complete your IRSC application!

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Once you've signed the Promise, you'll receive an email with the subject "IRSC Promise Next Steps!" This email will contain the following steps which need to be completed by July 15, 2022:

Between May 16 and July 15 you will meet with your Student Sucess Coach or Academic Advisor and register for at least 12 credit hours. You will need to complete all requirements for IRSC Admission by July 15.

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  • The Promise program will be renewed for students who:
    • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and a 2.0 GPA each term (Fall, Spring, Summer)
    • Check-in with an assigned advisor at least once/semester
    • Maintain full-time enrollment status each term (at least 12 credit-hours in Fall, 6 credit-hours in Summer, and 12 credit-hours in Spring)

Frequently Asked Questions

We are using 2022 graduates as the pilot cohort for the IRSC Promise program and will evaluate the program for next year to make expansion plans.

Not this year, as the application fee will not go into effect until after the Promise deadline.

Not yet.  We want to establish the Promise with our public and public charter high schools in our service area, then will look at expansion next year.

Yes, any student who graduates from a public or public charter high school, regardless if they have incoming credit, is eligible for the IRSC Promise program.

In this case, you would qualify for the Promise program to complete an A.S. Degree.

G.E.D.® students are not yet eligible for the IRSC Promise program. We want to establish the Promise with the public and public charter schools in our service area, then will look at expansion next year. 

No, the Promise is not based on need.

The Promise program requires that you graduate in 2022 from a public or public charter high school in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee or St. Lucie County. Students must meet the minimum 2.0 GPA  required for high school graduation.

Once students are enrolled at IRSC they must maintain a 2.0 GPA to continue to receive Promise funding.

We encourage students to apply for financial aid as it may cover the cost of fees and books.  The Promise will cover any tuition balance not covered by financial aid or scholarships.

Yes, students must complete at least 12 credit hours to remain full time, but may take up to 18 credits should they wish to complete their Associate Degree faster.

Not yet. Initially, the Promise applies to A.A., A.S., and A.A.S. programs, but we will evaluate the program for expansion after the first year.

DACA students can pledge to the Promise Program and we will work with each student on an individual basis to determine if they are eligible for the Promise.

No, only graduates of public and public charter high schools in Martin, Indian River, Okeechobee, and St Lucie counties are eligible at this time.

Promise will cover credits up to the completion of the Associate Degree.

Yes, any student who completes high school during the 2021-22 academic year is part of the 2022 graduating class and is eligible for the Promise. 

No, the Promise Program will begin in Fall 2022.

The Promise Program is not a grant or scholarship. It is a tuition-paid program sponsored by the IRSC Foundation and funded through generous donor philanthropy and unrestricted investment proceeds. 

That is unknown at this time. However, data show that once a student steps on the up escalator of higher education, they will continue. We are confident that the opportunity to earn a tuition-paid Associate Degree at IRSC can inspire an educational awakening that will continue throughout one’s life.

No, as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress and a 2.0 GPA each term they will remain in the Promise Program.

Yes, the Promise Program will allow for two attempts to pass a class.

Yes, the Promise will cover up to 66 credits to complete an Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), or Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.  

No, students must complete all admissions requirements by July 15th, 2022 to be in the Promise Program. See promise.irsc.edu for details.

Yes, the Promise Program will cover the cost of tuition for a student who doesn’t qualify for Financial Aid or Scholarships.

No, the Promise Program is last-dollar funding, meaning it will cover any tuition cost after financial aid and scholarships have been applied.  Financial aid students may be eligible for additional funds to cover education-related expenses; see the financial aid office for details. There is no cash value to the Promise Program.

Yes, if you cover the cost of tuition for your summer classes you are eligible to participate in the Promise Program for the Fall semester.

Yes, students must be Florida residents and specifically residents of the following counties Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie, for tuition purposes or have a documented high school waiver to qualify for the Promise.

The IRSC Promise Program allows families with 529 plans, like Florida Prepaid, to stretch their investments even further. Those seeking to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree after completing an IRSC Associate Degree tuition-free can apply Pre-Paid balances toward that next educational milestone. Unused Florida Pre-Paid monies may also be returned to you; see www.myfloridaprepaid.com for details.

The Promise will apply to any tuition balance after funds from Bright Futures or scholarships have been applied.

Undocumented students can pledge to the Promise Program if they’ve gone to school in Florida for their 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade years continuously. We will work with each student on an individual basis to determine if they are eligible for the Promise.

DACA students can pledge to the Promise Program and we will work with each student on an individual basis to determine if they are eligible for the Promise.

All students are eligible to enroll on our Nelnet Tuition Payment Plan. This plan lets you pay your remaining fees through a monthly payment plan, making college more affordable. It is simple to enroll and can be done through this link: https://mycollegepaymentplan.com/irsc/

Students graduating from a Florida public high school in 2022 are exempt from the P.E.R.T. per SB1720.

Several IRSC programs allow you to earn industry certifications as you progress toward your degree. These include A.S. and A.A.S. programs in trades such as Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Systems Technology; Automotive Service Management Technology; Building Construction Technology; Criminal Justice Technology; and Fire Science Technology. You must be enrolled full-time in an Associate Degree program to be part of the IRSC Promise Program.

View IRSC Associate in Science/Associate in Applied Science Degree programs at https://irsc.edu/programs/associate-in-science-degree-programs.html.

The Promise Program is covering tuition only, there are additional costs you should budget for, including books, supplies, transportation, rent, and food.  Examples of fees you could be responsible for are distance learning fees, lab fees, and other special fees.

For more information on fees at Indian River State College visit: http://irsc.smartcatalogiq.com/en/current/Catalog/Services-to-Students/Pay-for-Classes-Fees.

The IRSC Promise is a tuition-paid program sponsored by the IRSC Foundation and funded through generous donor philanthropy and unrestricted investment proceeds. The IRSC Promise Program has no cash value.

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