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 resrouces 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.
The TCC New Student Support Team is ready to help you
Contact us at 757-822-1111 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 for Evaluation of Educational Experiences.
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.
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.
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!
If you haven't already done so, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Regular office hours are:
Monday and Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.