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For Parents

Parents & guardians are an important part of the college decision process.

We understand that choosing a college is one of the most exciting, daunting and important decisions a student will make. We also understand that, as parents or guardians, you want what is best for your student. And you have questions and concerns of your own.

That’s why we want the entire family to have all of the facts necessary to help you and your student make informed decisions about their prospective college career.

Learn more about the exciting opportunities and advantages of a Tidewater Community College education.


TCC offers high quality programs designed to prepare students for in-demand career opportunities. Here, you can study skilled trades or earn guaranteed transfer to Virginia’s best colleges and universities. Our small class sizes, flexible offerings, and online programs help your student get the education they need to be successful.


If you want your student to find direction for a bachelor’s or train for a high-paying job, you’ve come to the right place. We want your student to succeed as much as you do. We offer a variety of career services and maintain strong partnerships with industries that facilitate opportunities for students and graduates.


Thinking about paying for college can take away some of the thrill about your student’s upcoming journey. In contrast to other schools, TCC offers a very affordable education. Many of our students use financial aid and other resources to cover college costs and 3 in 5 TCC graduates leave with no student debt.


Your student is about to take a huge step forward and we know that, as parents or guardians, you want to make sure he or she is as prepared as possible. Students heading off to their first year at TCC will find a variety of resources to expedite the enrollment process and facilitate a successful first year for all students.


TCC is home to a vibrant community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. As you and your student think about his or her future at Tidewater Community College, we hope you’ll schedule a visit. So, you can explore campus and tour academic facilities known for their student activities spaces as well as their high-tech labs.