Admission Steps - Military Spouse & Dependent Students

Tidewater Community College is among the nation’s leading providers of education and training for military spouses and dependents. TCC's Center for Military and Veterans Education (CMVE) is here to assist and support you through the admission process. 

Military spouses & dependents

Follow the instructions on this page to apply to TCC. If you plan to use MyCAA benefits, follow these instructions

Military service members
Follow these steps to apply to TCC

Follow these steps to apply to TCC

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.

Step 2: Apply for GI Bill ® & VA Education Benefits

You only need to apply once for benefits. If you’ve used your benefits at another school, submit the Change of Program or Place of Training form as noted below.

When asked for the address of the college on your application, enter the following regardless of where you are physically taking classes:

Tidewater Community College
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453


Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill ®)

John Fry Scholarship, Chapter 35



Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid

Planning to use financial aid? Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at

The FAFSA code for TCC is 003712, which must be listed on the FAFSA form in order for TCC to receive your information.

We can also help you identify and use your available military education benefits! 


Learn more about paying for TCC

Step 4: Review Your To Do List

Log into your myTCC Portal and click the Navigate icon. Navigate is where you will be able to review and complete your to-do list, and make an appointment with an academic advisor. 

Step 5: Demonstrate College Readiness

TCC uses multiple measures, including the Virginia Placement Test, to determine a student’s readiness for college-level English and math courses.

You may be exempt from placement tests if you can demonstrate your readiness with previous high school course work, SAT/ACT scores and other criteria.

Learn more about placement tests

Step 6: Meet with Your Advisor

TCC’s academic advisors will help you select an academic program, register for classes and build a course schedule that fits your busy life. All new, curricular students are required to meet with an academic advisor before registering for their first semester.  

Learn more about advising

Step 7: Attend Orientation

Prepare to transition into college successfully by attending a free Orientation session on the campus where you’ll take most of your classes. Your family is welcome to attend, too! 

Sign up for Orientation

Step 8: Register for Classes

You can browse available class schedules and register for classes through the Student Information System, located in myTCC. For more information, visit​​​​​​​ 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​​​​​​​

Have a question or need more information? We’re here for you! Reach out to a member of our New Student Support Team at 757-822-1111or for one-on-one guidance.

Step 9: Review Your Tuition Charges

Ensure you qualify for and are being charged in-state tuition rates.

To do this, log into myTCC, Select the SIS icon, and navigate to the Student Services Center to review your tuition charges.

Learn more about qualifying for in-state tuition rates.

Step 10: Pay Tuition Using Your Military Education Benefits

Post 9/11 GI Bill®—100% eligible (Chapter 33)
Your tuition is deferred, but you must submit the Enrollment Certification Request (ECR) form by the tuition deadline to prevent your classes being dropped due to non-payment.

Post 9/11 GI Bill ®—less than 100% eligible (Chapter 33)
You must pay the tuition portion not covered by your benefits and submit the Enrollment Certification Request (ECR) form by the tuition deadline to prevent your classes being dropped due to non-payment.

Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (VMSDEP)
You must have VMSDEP authorization and submit the Enrollment Certification Request (ECR) form by the tuition deadline to prevent your classes being dropped due to non-payment

View tuition ratesView tuition payment optionsView tuition deadlines

CMVE Offices

Call us at 757-822-7645 or 855-399-7480 (toll-free if outside the U.S.)

Office hours:
Virginia Beach: Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Chesapeake: Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Norfolk: Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Portsmouth: Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Please email if you have questions about your  GI-BILL.
Please email if you have questions about your active duty Tuition Assistance (TA)
Please email if you are a PROSPECTIVE active duty or veteran student seeking information about credits from your JST.

CMVE military base contact information

Virginia Beach (Main Office)

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

Phone: 757-822-7645

Fax: 757-822-7710


Pass Building
1428 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23320

Phone: 757-822-7645

Fax: 757-822-5014


Andrews Building
315 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-822-7645

Fax: 757-822-1650


Building A
120 Campus Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Phone: 757-822-7645

Fax: 757-822-2136

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