Military-related students

You have served us. Now it’s our turn to serve you.

Tidewater Community College is among the nation’s leading providers of education and training for military-related citizens, including Navy, Marines, Army, Coast Guard, National Guard, Air Force, active duty, reserves,veterans, their families and Department of Defense and Homeland Security employees.

Take advantage of what TCC has to offer. You'll find out why we're consistently rated "best for vets" and "military-friendly."

Visit the CMVE

The Center for Military and Veterans Education (CMVE) has offices on every campus and at area military bases to provide all the advising and support you need to navigate every step of the admissions process.

You may find that your GI Bill benefits will pay for your entire education! Contact the CMVE with assistance for any of the following admission steps.

headshot of TCC Information Center representative
The TCC Center for Military and Veterans Education is ready to help you. Contact us at 757-822-7645 or military@tcc.edu

Follow the steps that apply to you

Active-duty and transitioning military

Meet with a base representative or academic advisor

If you are not sure where to start, a base representative or academic counselor can assist you with a variety of needs, including identifying an area of study

View a list of TCC base representatives 

Remember to bring the following when you meet with a representative:

  • your current military orders
  • proof of residency (item of mail with name and local address if residing off-base)
  • your military ID card
Apply for admission

Apply to TCC using our 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.

If you need assistance filling out your application, visit one of TCC's base representatives.  

Have your military and educational experience and credits evaluated

You can receive academic credit for your military and previous college experiences. A CMVE advisor can assist you with this process.

Military credits


College credits

Your previous college experience can be evaluated by the Office of the College Registrar for applicable credit toward your degree or certificate.

Here's how to get started.

1. Be accepted for admission to TCC

2. Select an associate degree or certificate program

3. Have your official transcripts* mailed to:

Tidewater Community College
Office of the College Registrar
PO Box 9000
Norfolk, VA 23509-9000

4. Submit a Request for Evaluation of Educational Experiences.

Evaluations are curriculum specific. If you change your major, a new evaluation will be necessary.

5. Visit the TCC Transfer Evaluation System as a guide to which courses may transfer from your previous institutions.

*An official transcript must be in the sealed, original envelope from the issuing institution, with the appropriate college seal and authentication, and have a print date within the previous year.

Apply for a Servicemembers Opportunity College agreement

By completing just 25% of your degree program with TCC (roughly 5 courses in a 60-credit associate degree program), an SOC Agreement helps ensure that you can finish your program with TCC, regardless of your location.

If you must move before finishing your degree program, you can take your remaining courses online with TCC or at other schools and transfer these credits back to us for degree completion.

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.

Tests can be taken on TCC campuses and at some military installations.

Learn more about placement tests

Attend orientation

After you take your placement tests, register to attend an orientation session at the campus where you want to take most of your classes.

Your success is important to us. To get off to a good start, make sure you take advantage of the college’s First Year Success program.

At orientation you will:

  • Meet with an advisor who can help you choose a major and enroll in classes
  • Tour the campus
  • Learn about all the services available to you at TCC
  • Find answers to all your questions about attending TCC
     

Questions? Contact the CMVE or the First Year Success office at your home campus.

Chesapeake Campus
757-822-5192
chesorientation@tcc.edu

Norfolk Campus
757-822-1514
norfolkorientation@tcc.edu

Portsmouth Campus
757-822-2169
portorientation@tcc.edu

Virginia Beach Campus
757-822-7519
vabeachorientation@tcc.edu

Register for classes

After you have spoken with an advisor and selected a program, select your classes using the online class schedule.

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 lists registration dates and deadlines.

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.

Call the campus ID office for current hours of operation.

Chesapeake Campus
George Pass Building, Room 1548
757-822-5270

Norfolk Campus
Student Center, First Floor Information Desk
757-822-1952

Portsmouth Campus
Student Center, First Floor Information Desk
757-822-2175

Virginia Beach Campus
Student Center, First Floor, Room K-105D
757-822-7287

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

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 and military benefits have been applied and to pay the remaining balance.

Learn more 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. Military benefits may be applied.

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

Get your parking permit or HRT pass

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. 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. 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

Veterans

Apply for admission

Apply to TCC using our 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.

If you need assistance filling out your application, visit one of the CMVE offices on the campus of your choice.

Have your military and educational credits evaluated

You can receive academic credit for your military and previous college experiences. A CMVE advisor can assist you with this process.

Military credits

Request an Air Force transcript
For all other branches: Complete the Joint Services Transcript Request

College credits

Your previous college experiences can be evaluated by the Office of the Registrar for applicable credit toward your degree or certificate.

Here's how to get started.

1. Be accepted for admission to TCC

2. Select a degree or certificate program

3. Have your official transcripts* mailed to:

Tidewater Community College
Office of the College Registrar
PO Box 9000
Norfolk, VA 23509-9000

4. Submit a Request for Evaluation of Educational Experiences.

Evaluations are curriculum-specific. If you change your major, a new evaluation will be necessary.

5. Visit the TCC Transfer Evaluation System as a guide to which courses may transfer from your previous institutions.

*An official transcript must be in the sealed, original envelope from the issuing institution, with the appropriate college seal and authentication, and have a print date within the previous year.

Decide what you want to study

The application will ask you what program you are interested in. Whether you want to transfer to complete a bachelor's degree or prepare for your civilian career, see all that TCC has to offer.

The CMVE offers continuing education and professional development courses tailored to veterans, too. Learn more

Browse TCC's areas of study

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). 

Learn more about paying for TCC

Apply for GI Bill and V.A. education benefits

If you are a new student, fill out the application online and print a copy after submission.

If you have used your benefits else, fill out the 22-1995 form to change your place of study with the Veterans Administration.

Print and bring a copy to the V.A. office.

Learn more about military benefits

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.

Learn more about placement tests

Attend orientation

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

Your success is important to us. To get off to a good start, make sure you take advantage of the college’s First Year Success program.

As part of First Year Success, all new students attend an orientation session. Your family is welcome, too.

At orientation you will:

  • Meet with an advisor who can help you choose a major and enroll in classes
  • Tour the campus
  • Learn about all the services available to you at TCC
  • Find answers to all your questions about attending TCC
     

Questions? Contact the CMVE or First Year Success office at your home campus.

Chesapeake Campus
757-822-5192
chesorientation@tcc.edu

Norfolk Campus
757-822-1514
norfolkorientation@tcc.edu

Portsmouth Campus
757-822-2169
portorientation@tcc.edu

Virginia Beach Campus
757-822-7519
vabeachorientation@tcc.edu

Register for classes

Consult a CMVE/VA Office academic advisor for class schedule advice. Bring a copy of your unofficial transcript when meeting with an advisor.

Select your classes using the online class schedule.

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.

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.

Call the campus ID office for current hours of operation.

Chesapeake Campus
George Pass Building, Room 1548
757-822-5270

Norfolk Campus
Student Center, First Floor Information Desk
757-822-1952

Portsmouth Campus
Student Center, First Floor Information Desk
757-822-2175

Virginia Beach Campus
Student Center, First Floor, Room K-105D
757-822-7287

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

Pay your tuition

Before making any tuition payments, bring the following documents to the Veterans Affairs Office at the TCC campus most convenient to you:

  • Printed copy of your class schedule
  • Advisement transcript*
  • Payment receipt / Financial Aid confirmation / Stamped Authorization letter
  • DD 214 (Member-4) - for Veterans
  • Certificate of Eligibility / Application Form for Education Benefits


After financial aid and military benefits have been applied, pay any remaining 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 more about payment methods
*How to obtain your advisement transcript

  • Log into myTCC
  • On the Self Service page look for "Degree Progress/Graduation"
  • Under "Degree Progress/Graduation" click on "My Academic Requirements"
  • On the "My Academic Requirements" page click "View Report as PDF"
  • A new window will open "Academic Advising for (Your Name)"
  • Right-click, then click "print"
Buy your textbooks and supplies

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

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

Get your parking permit or HRT pass

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. 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. 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

Spouses and dependents

Apply for admission

Apply to TCC using our 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.

Decide what you want to study

The application will ask you what program you are interested in. Whether you're interested in transferring to complete a bachelor's degree or in preparing 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, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Learn more about paying for TCC

Apply for GI Bill and V.A. benefits

The CMVE can help you determine your eligibility.

Learn more about military benefits

Have your previous college credits and experiences evaluated

Your previous experiences and college credits can be evaluated by the Office of the Registrar for applicable credit toward your degree or certificate.

Here's how to get started.

1. Be accepted for admission to TCC.

2. Select a degree or certificate program.

3. Have your official transcripts* mailed to:

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

4. Submit a Request for Evaluation of Educational Experiences.

Evaluations are curriculum-specific. If you change your major, a new evaluation will be necessary.

5. Visit the TCC Transfer Evaluation System as a guide which courses will transfer from your previous institutions.

*An official transcript must be in the sealed, original envelope from the issuing institution, with the appropriate college seal and authentication, and have a print date within the previous year.

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.

Learn more about placement tests

Attend orientation

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

Your success is important to us. To get off to a good start, make sure you take advantage of the college’s First Year Success program.

As part of First Year Success, all new students attend an orientation session. Your family is welcome, too.

At orientation you will:

  • Meet with an advisor who can help you choose a major and enroll in classes
  • Tour the campus
  • Learn about all the services available to you at TCC
  • Find answers to all your questions about attending TCC
     

Questions? Contact the First Year Success office at your home campus.

Chesapeake Campus
757-822-5192
chesorientation@tcc.edu

Norfolk Campus
757-822-1514
norfolkorientation@tcc.edu

Portsmouth Campus
757-822-2169
portorientation@tcc.edu

Virginia Beach Campus
757-822-7519
vabeachorientation@tcc.edu

Register for classes

After you have spoken with an advisor and selected a program, select your classes using the online class 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.

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 Student ID number to any of the ID card campus offices.

Call the campus ID office for current hours of operation.

Chesapeake Campus
George Pass Building, Room 1548
757-822-5270

Norfolk Campus
Student Center, First Floor Information Desk
757-822-1952

Portsmouth Campus
Student Center, First Floor Information Desk
757-822-2175

Virginia Beach Campus
Student Center, First Floor, Room K-105D
757-822-7287

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

Pay your tuition

Before making any tuition payments, bring the following documents to the Veterans Affairs Office at the TCC campus most convenient to you:

  • Printed copy of your class schedule
  • Advisement transcript*
  • Payment receipt / Financial Aid confirmation / Stamped Authorization letter
  • Certificate of Eligibility / Application Form for Education Benefits


After financial aid and military benefits have been applied, pay any remaining 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 and military benefits have been applied and to pay the remaining balance.

Learn more about payment methods

*How to obtain your advisement transcript

  • Log into myTCC
  • On the Self Service page, look for "Degree Progress/Graduation"
  • Under "Degree Progress/Graduation" click on "My Academic Requirements"
  • On the "My Academic Requirements" page click "View Report as PDF"
  • A new window will open "Academic Advising for (Your Name)"
  • Right-click, then click "print"
Buy your textbooks and supplies

Print your class schedule and take it to the Barnes & Noble bookstore at your preferred campus to purchase textbooks. Financial aid and military benefits may be applied to the cost.

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

Get your parking permit or HRT pass

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. 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

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CMVE Offices

Callers outside the U.S. can contact us toll-free at 855-399-7480.

Extended hours - May 15 - May 26:
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 

VIRGINIA BEACH (Main Office)

Building D (Kempsville)
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Phone: 757-822-7777

Fax: 757-822-7710

CHESAPEAKE

Pass Building
1428 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23320

Phone: 757-822-5144

Fax: 757-822-5014

NORFOLK

Walker Building
350 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-822-1207

Fax: 757-822-1650

PORTSMOUTH

Building A
120 Campus Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Phone: 757-822-2197

Fax: 757-822-2136