The IRSC Promise
Thanks to those of you who have pledged the IRSC Promise in 2022! Join us on Monday, August 15 at the campus nearest you to kick off the Fall semester!
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:
- IRSC application for admission: Visit www.irsc.edu to apply for an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or Applied Associate in Science Degree.
- Florida residency documentation: To claim in-state residency for tuition purposes, the form Florida Residency Declaration (Form FRD-1) needs to be submitted through the Residency Statement action item in the student Workday inbox.
- Submit high school transcript(s): Official academic transcripts must be sent directly from the high school to IRSC Student Records. You may also deliver them to one of our campuses in person, as long as the envelope is sealed.
- FAFSA (if applicable): Visit www.studentaid.gov to complete the 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 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.
- Register and enroll in at least 12 credit hours: Between May 16, 2022 and July 15, 2022, you will meet with your Student Success Coach or Academic Advisor and register for at least 12 credit hours.
Between May 16 and July 15 you will meet with your Student Success 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.
Once all of your requirements are complete, Promise funding will be awarded to cover tuition. Please check your account on August 1 to view your remaining balance that may not be covered by the Promise plan. If you feel your balance is not correct please contact us to review your account.
Join us for a Promise Reception at the campus nearest you!
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
Will these students have to pay an application fee?
Not this year, as the application fee will not go into effect until after the Promise deadline.
Are there any other costs apart from tuition for the Promise Program?
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.
Do students have to take the P.E.R.T.?
Students graduating from a Florida public high school in 2022 are exempt from the P.E.R.T. per SB1720.
Does the Promise apply to career-training (non-degree) certificates?
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.
Does the Promise apply to vocational programs or certificates?
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.
If I complete the pledge to the Promise Program by the deadline but don’t enroll for classes in the Fall 2022 semester, can I still be in the Promise Program?
No, students must complete all admissions requirements by July 15th, 2022 to be in the Promise Program. See promise.irsc.edu for details.
Can I sign up for more than 12 credit hours in my first term?
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.
What happens if it takes me more than 60 credits to get my degree, will the Promise cover my tuition?
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.
What happens if I fail a class, but maintain a 2.0 GPA? Will the Promise be taken away?
No, as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress and a 2.0 GPA each term they will remain in the Promise Program.
Can I start taking classes in summer as part of the Promise Program?
No, the Promise Program will begin in Fall 2022.
How many Promise program participants are projected to continue on for a four-year degree afterward?
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.
Will the program be extended to underclassmen?
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.
Is there a minimum high school GPA to apply?
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.
Are private school or home school students eligible for the Promise?
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.
Are Dual Enrollment students eligible for the Promise?
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.
Are G.E.D.® students eligible for the Promise?
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.
Are DACA students 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.
Are Florida Virtual School students 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.
Do students have to be Florida Residents to qualify for the Promise?
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.
Are undocumented students eligible for the Promise?
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.
What if I already have Florida Pre-paid, can I still be eligible 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.
What if I already have Bright Futures or scholarships, can I still be eligible for the Promise?
The Promise will apply to any tuition balance after funds from Bright Futures or scholarships have been applied.
What if I complete an A.A. concurrent with 2022 high school graduation and want to pursue an A.S. at IRSC?
In this case, you would qualify for the Promise program to complete an A.S. Degree.
Am I eligible if I'm part of the 2022 graduating class but finished classes early in December?
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.
Do students have to demonstrate financial need or be first generation students to qualify?
No, the Promise is not based on need.
What if a student needs fewer than 12 credits to complete an Associate Degree in fall 2022?
Promise will cover credits up to the completion of the Associate Degree.
If I pay for the tuition for my summer classes, can I still be eligible for the Promise Program for the Fall semester?
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.
Are IRSC student-athletes eligible for the Promise Program?
Student-athletes receiving the Promise Program award are subject to additional grade point average (GPA) requirements per NJCAA and FCSAA rules and regulations. The eligibility to maintain the financial benefit of the Promise Program and continue to compete under NJCAA and FCSAA guidelines is contingent upon maintaining the standards outlined by these governing bodies. The determination of eligibility will be monitored by the Athletic Director at Indian River State College. Anyone with questions should contact the Athletic Department for more information.
Is the Promise program considered to be a type of educational grant?
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.
If I get financial aid, does the IRSC Promise still apply to me?
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.
If I don’t qualify for Financial Aid or Scholarships will the Promise Program cover my tuition?
Yes, the Promise Program will cover the cost of tuition for a student who doesn’t qualify for Financial Aid or Scholarships.
If I fail/withdraw from a class will the Promise Program keep covering my tuition?
Yes, the Promise Program will allow for two attempts to pass a class.
If I get financial aid or scholarships, can I get cashback for the Promise Program?
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.
What if I have additional course and program fees that need to be paid and I can’t pay the total payment by the deadline?
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/
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.
For help contact your Student Success Coach or call us at 772-462-4772.