Senior citizens

Pursue your lifelong learning passions at TCC

Love to learn? Then you’re in luck. Tidewater Community College offers hundreds of credit and non-credit classes free to qualifying senior citizens.


If you have reached the age of 60 and have had legal domicile in Virginia for at least one year, you are eligible to enroll in TCC classes on a space-available basis and not pay tuition depending on the type of course and your income level.

Taking a course for college credit

If your taxable income did not exceed $23,850 in the year before you are seeking enrollment, you may enroll and earn college credit.

Auditing a course

Audited courses do not carry credit and are not counted as part of any academic record. You are eligible to audit courses regardless of your income, but you must enroll in TCC and obtain permission to audit.

Taking a non-credit course

Courses offered through the Center for Workforce Solutions and Center for Military and Veterans Education don't offer college credit. You are eligible to enroll in these courses regardless of income.

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Follow these steps to register

You may register by visiting any campus Enrollment Services Office. (Contact information is located at the bottom of this page.)

Interested in non-credit courses? Visit Continuing Education & Professional Development 

Step 1: Apply for Admission & Activate your Student Account

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

After you complete the application, you will receive a confirmation email with immediate feedback on your application status and a link to set up your student account through the myTCC portal.

Adult learners without a high school diploma or a GED: You may still apply to the college. You will be required to take the placement tests to determine your ability to benefit from attending TCC. (The minimum scores are listed below.) Under current federal guidelines, you will not be eligible for federal financial aid.

Step 2: If You Are Auditing a Class

If you want to audit a class – meaning you will pay full tuition and won't receive college credit – you must

  • follow the admission process outlined above;
  • use the class search tool to find your class;
  • and obtain permission from the appropriate academic dean or designee on the campus where the course is taught before you can register.
    Download petition form (PDF)
Step 3: Register for classes

You can browse available class schedules and register for classes through the Student Information System, located in myTCC

Once you have registered, pay your tuition by the tuition deadline to avoid being dropped from your classes. You can find payment options and deadlines at​​​​​​​

If the course you want to take has a pre-requisite, you can demonstrate that you have met it by completing the Pre-Requisite Waiver form.

Senior registration is on a space-available basis. You may register for any open course three business days before the session starts between 12 a.m. (midnight) and 11:59 p.m.

Computers are available for your use on all TCC campuses.

The academic calendar contains registration dates and deadlines.

Step 4: Submit tuition waiver form

If you wish to take a class for college credit and take advantage of the senior tuition waiver:

Complete and submit the Student Assistance for Senior Citizens form at any campus business office immediately after registering for classes.

The college may ask to see your photo ID and proof of income.

If you are enrolled in a degree program and receiving financial aid, your Senior Citizens Fee Waiver may affect your eligibility for certain types of aid: COMA, PTAP, SEOG, VCCS Grant, and Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized).

Download Student Assistance for Senior Citizens form (PDF)

Step 5: Pay any Remaining Fees

You must pay course expenses other than tuition, such as laboratory and art supply fees.

Fees must be paid by 5 p.m. the next business day after registration.

Check your student account balance in the Student Information System (SIS) Student Center after you activate your student email account.

Learn more about payment methods

Enrollment Services Offices

Upcoming Special Enrollment Days:
​Monday – Thursday, August 12–22, 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 17, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

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: 757-822-5117


Andrews Building
315 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23510


Phone: 757-822-1210


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


Phone: 757-822-2192

Virginia Beach

Building B (Bayside), Room B105
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453


Phone: 757-822-7101

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