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Welcome to Tidewater Community College! If you are interested in taking classes to transfer back to your home institution, please follow these steps to enroll.

Your current institution determines the transferability of courses. It’s best to verify the courses you enroll in at TCC will meet their transfer requirement. Check out Transfer Virginia for more information.

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Step 1 – APply to TCC

Complete the free online application for admission.

  • Read all the application questions carefully and do your best to respond to everything accurately.
  • Skipping a response or giving an incomplete answer (i.e. not providing your social security number or failing to indicate that you plan to apply for financial aid) will create additional steps for you later.
  • To qualify for general admission, you must have a high school diploma or the equivalent, or be 18 years of age or older and be able to benefit from a program of study at Tidewater Community College.
  • F-1 international students from other institutions wishing to take a class at TCC should obtain a letter from your DSO stating permission to take a class at TCC. Please email that letter along with all your immigration documents to

Attend a Steps to Enroll Information Session: After submitting your application, attend this session to lead you through your steps to enroll.

Step 2 – Apply for Financial Aid

To optimize funding options, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can find step-by-step instructions on how to apply here.

Once you submit your FAFSA, be sure to monitor your MyTCC account for To Do items needed to process your financial aid. Your To Do items are found in the Message Center in SIS.

If you enrolled at your home institution and using financial aid during the same semester you are enrolled at TCC, please make arrangements to pay your tuition without the assistance of financial aid.

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Step 3 – Login to your account

  • Log in to myTCC to check for any holds on your account.
    • Click the SIS icon
    • Click on My Student Information box
    • Your holds list will be listed on the right side of the window. Click on Details to view additional information for the item.
    • Follow the instructions shown on the screen to have the hold removed from your file. If you have questions, contact the department listed on the screen for more information.
    • Refer to the email you received after applying for your student number, username, and instructions for accessing your account. If you have trouble accessing your account, please contact us at 757-822-1111 or at

Step 4 – Determine College Readiness

Complete the following questionnaire before attending an advising session. This questionnaire helps determine which English and math courses are you ready for.

Log in to complete the questionnaire.

If English is your second language, please take the English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement Test.

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That’s it! You’re ready to enroll in classes