Students with disabilities

TCC has special services to help your admission go smoothly

Welcome to Tidewater Community College. We’re delighted to help you get started in achieving all of your educational goals.

At any point in the admission process, contact the Office of Educational Accessibility if you have questions or encounter barriers.

Basic information


Students with disabilities who meet admission standards are welcome at TCC.

  • Students need to have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent, completed home-school program.
  • And be 18 or older and able to benefit from study at TCC.


Disability is never indicated on a student's Accommodation Form and is never a part of the academic record.

A message for families

At the Office of Educational Accessibility, we know that families of students with disabilities have more and different concerns than the families of a typical college student. We also know that you are accustomed to playing a very active role in your student's education. The change in services and responsibilities in the college environment can be frightening to families and to students.

We hope that the information from these resources will give you the information you need to become familiar with the post-secondary disability services world so that you can support your loved one in navigating this new environment.

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The TCC New Student Support Team is ready to help you
Contact us at 757-822-1111 or

Follow these steps

Apply for admission

Apply to TCC using our free online application. You can save your application and finish it later.

You will be assigned a 7-digit Student ID number when you complete the application. Write this number down.

We recommend printing the application for your records.

Are you under the age of 24? Your parent or guardian may need to answer questions to determine your eligibility for in-state tuition rates.

Are you under the age of 18? Print your application and have your parent or guardian sign it. Or use this form.

Have your transfer credits evaluated

If you have earned credits at other colleges and want them to transfer to TCC:

1. Visit the Transfer Evaluation System (TES) as a guide to determine what courses will transfer from your previous institutions.

2. Have your official transcripts* mailed to:

Tidewater Community College
Office of the College Registrar
P.O. Box 9000
Norfolk, VA 23509-9000

3. Submit a Request Transfer Evaluation.

Expect your evaluation of transfer credits within 4 to 6 weeks.

*Request official transcripts from your previous institutions and have them sent directly to TCC's registrar. Hand-delivered or opened transcripts are not accepted.

Decide what you want to study

The application will ask you what program you are interested in. Whether you're planning to transfer to complete a bachelor's degree or prepare for an in-demand career, see all that TCC has to offer.

Browse TCC's career pathways

Activate your TCC email account

You will receive a letter from us notifying you of your acceptance and assigning you a student email account. (If for some reason, your application can't be accepted immediately, we'll let you know.)

Go to myTCC to activate your account and access your student email.

Throughout your academic career, TCC will communicate important information to you through your student email account. Check it often!

Apply for financial aid

If you haven't already done so, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

Be sure to list Tidewater Community College (TCC) as a school choice on your FAFSA. TCC’s school code is 003712.

Students who do not have a modified standard, standard or advanced high school diploma or GED are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Other resources may be available through the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services or the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired.

Learn about paying for TCC

Meet with an Educational Accessibility counselor

Contact one of the campus Educational Accessibility counselors early in your admission process.

Students with documented disabilities may qualify for an alternate placement testing format and/or academic accommodations such as more time on tests, sign language interpreting or Braille.

Bring completed documentation of your disability in the form of a report, or letter from your doctor containing detailed information about your disability.

Request accommodations if needed

Academic accommodations will be provided based on your functional limitations due to your disability. You will be provided with an accommodation form to give to each of your professors.

You are responsible for promptly presenting your accommodation form to your professors.

You may decide that you do not want to give your form to all of your professors; however, they will not give the accommodations until you present the form.

Copies of the accommodation form will be needed each semester you attend TCC.

Take your placement tests

Most new students must take the English and math placement tests before registering for classes. These are not admission tests. They evaluate your college readiness.

You don’t want to be placed in a course lower than your actual skill level because you’ll take longer to complete your program and you’ll be paying unnecessary tuition.

Whether or not you have studied English and mathematics recently, you will want to prepare in order to do your best.

You may be eligible to receive accommodation. Speak with your Educational Accessibility counselor.

Learn about placement tests

Meet with an academic advisor

TCC’s academic advisors will help you select an academic program, register for classes and build a course schedule that fits your busy life. All new, curricular students are required to meet with an academic advisor before registering for their first semester. You can meet with an advisor by phone or in-person. 

Learn more about advising

Register for classes

Register for classes using the online registration system.

Classes may be listed for more than one semester. Be sure you are searching the correct semester.

You can also find printed class schedules at our campuses and locations.

Computers are available for your use to check for class availability on all TCC campuses.

The academic calendar contains registration dates and deadlines.

Your Educational Accessibility counselor is available to review your placement test scores with you, help you plan your academic program, and assist you with course selection.

The counselor will also help you with the registration process.

Attend orientation

After you take your placement test, sign up to attend an orientation session at the campus where you plan to take most of your classes.

Sign up for orientation

Get your student ID card

Your student ID card is a wonderful resource that allows you access to student services and events and provides discounts with numerous local merchants.

You can also elect to participate in our StormDollars plan, which allows you to go cashless when you make purchases and print documents on campus. Simply swipe and go!

You are eligible for your ID card after you register for classes. Bring a photo ID and your SIS Student ID number to any of the ID card campus offices.

Your first ID card is free. Replacements cost $10.

Find a campus ID Card office

Pay your tuition

Pay your tuition and fees by the deadline specified in the academic calendar.

It is your responsibility to check your account in the Student Information System's (SIS) Student Center to make sure any financial aid has been applied and to pay the remaining balance.

Learn about payment methods

Buy your textbooks and supplies

Print your class schedule and take it to the Barnes & Noble bookstore at your preferred campus to purchase textbooks. Your financial aid may be applied.

You can also buy your textbooks online. Rentals and digital materials are available.

Get your parking permit or HRT pass

If your vehicle has a handicapped license plate or placard, you may park in any handicapped-designated spot. Your Educational Accessibility counselor will provide locations of parking spots.

Parking decals and semester validation stickers for the Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach campuses are provided to students who have registered and paid for their classes.

To receive your free parking decal or the semester validation sticker, bring:

  • a valid driver's license
  • your Student ID number

to the business office at your preferred campus.

Parking decals should be placed on the left rear bumper of the vehicle or the rear window, lower corner on the driver side.

Students taking classes on the Norfolk Campus are required to purchase a City of Norfolk parking pass. Visit the Norfolk Campus page for details.

TCC students are eligible for reduced-cost public transportation on Hampton Roads Transit, including light rail, buses and ferries. If you are approved by HRT to use HandiRide, you can obtain passes at a discounted rate. Details

Sign up for TCC Alerts!

TCC Alerts is a free service that immediately contacts you during situations that affect college operations.

It delivers important emergency alerts, notifications and updates to you via email and all handheld devices. Parents and family members can sign up, too!

TCC Alerts is your personal connection to real-time updates, instructions on where to go, what to do, or what not to do, who to contact and other important information.

Sign up now

Admission Offices

Regular office hours are:
Monday and Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Pass Building, Room 175
1428 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Phone: 757-822-5021


Andrews Building
315 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-822-1204


Building A, Room A130
120 Campus Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Phone: 757-822-2193

Virginia Beach

Building B (Bayside), Room B119
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Phone: 757-822-7172

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