Historically, Indiana has not had community colleges. One- and two-year programs were delivered by a number of other institutions, including: a public junior college, a statewide multi-campus vocation/technical college, and the regional and main campuses of the state's five senior universities. Today, Indiana community colleges now offer a variety of advantages over traditional four-year colleges for students pursuing their first two years of undergraduate coursework, from lower costs to flexibility in scheduling. Community colleges also generally have specialty and vocational programs not found in the university setting. Community colleges in Indiana offer students a quality education at a lower price than the larger private and state institutions.
The largest being Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana with 7,494 full time students. Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana is the most expensive with an in-state tuition of $3,335. For Indiana public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,379 per year for in-state students and $7,116 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,174 per year.