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New Student Advising

As a new student, academic advising will help you select your classes, stay on track for your degree program, make decisions about your educational goals, and prepare to register for classes.

All new, curricular students should meet with an academic advisor before registering for their first semester.

Before your New Student advising meeting

Before your student advising meeting, you should complete these steps to help your advisor offer the best guidance:

  1. Apply to TCC
    Complete your free application for admission to TCC.
  2. Apply for financial aid
    Planning to use financial aid to pay for your classes? Start the financial aid process at Be sure to enter TCC’s School Code (003712) when you’re completing the form.
  3. Determine college readiness
    • Students who have graduated high school within 5 years should complete the following questionnaire for placement: Recent Graduate Questionnaire.
    • Students who graduated high school 6 years or more ago should complete the following questionnaire for placement: Informed Self-Placement.

Schedule an appointment with an advisor

Schedule a new student advising appointment with Navigate by logging into your myTCC portal and clicking the Navigate Advising Tool icon on the main screen or by emailing

View step-by-step instructions

Learn about TCC degrees & certificates

Not sure what kinds of degrees and certificates are offered at TCC? Most community colleges offer associate degrees or certificates, but there are many different types. Learn more about TCC’s degrees and certificates.