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TCC-to-VWC program agreements offer affordability and streamlined transfer process

A series of new agreements between Tidewater Community College (TCC) and Virginia Wesleyan College (VWC) will offer students a streamlined transfer process and competitive scholarships that allow them to complete a four-year-degree at a private liberal arts college for an affordable price.

The program-to-program articulation agreements take effect at the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year and will be marked by a ceremonial signing event on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan on August 28, 2013.

Students can enroll in one of 12 programs included in the agreement upon their acceptance to TCC. Following successful completion of a two-year associate degree at TCC, students are able to transfer directly to VWC where course-by-course equivalencies for each degree program allow for a seamless academic transition.

VWC programs in the agreement include: Biology (B.A.), Biology (B.S.), Business, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education (preK-6), Psychology, Secondary Teaching Certification with Academic Major (K-12), Social Sciences, Special Education General Curriculum (K-12), Studio Arts, Studio Arts (Glass) and Studio Arts (Photography).

Virginia Wesleyan will offer competitive scholarships for students enrolled in the TCC-to-VWC programs who successfully complete an associate degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. These scholarships, combined with the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant for Virginia residents, reduce out-of-pocket tuition costs between 45 percent and 67 percent. Students may be considered for additional financial aid and/or loans by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).