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TREASURE COAST -- Indian River State College has been rated as the fourth most affordable college in the country and most affordable of Florida colleges according to the U.S. Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency Report released on June 27.
IRSC moved up in the rankings from the fifth most affordable position last year. The ranking is based on average net prices for colleges throughout the United States.
In addition, IRSC recently reinforced its long-standing commitment to affordability with no increase in tuition and fees for the 2013-14 school year.
"With signs indicating that the economy is beginning to recover, this is the time to keep the doors of higher education open for all students," said Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRSC president. "Affordable higher education is the gateway to good career prospects for our residents and a skilled workforce for our community."
IRSC has been able to hold down operational costs by implementing cost efficiencies in energy usage and administration to ensure that funds are directed into the classroom to the greatest extent possible. Administrative costs at IRSC are historically the lowest of all 28 state and community colleges in Florida, with IRSC ranking the highest in percent of funds going toward instruction
Tuition at IRSC equates to 40 percent less than Florida state universities and many thousands less than private career colleges and universities.
The IRSC Financial Aid Department works closely with students to help them obtain all types of financial aid, including grants and scholarships which do not require repayment.
Registration for the Fall 2013 Semester is now underway and classes begin Aug. 26. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid and register now.
IRSC offers more than 150 programs, including Bachelor's Degrees, Associate in Arts degree programs for the first two years of college, Associate in Science degree programs for career training and Quick Job Training.
Campuses are located in Fort Pierce, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach and Okeechobee.
For more information, call (866) 792-4772 or visit www.irsc.edu.