Planning: Apply for Admission
Learn as much as you can about your selected college's admission process; the more you know, the better decisions you will make.
Apply for admission and financial aid, then transfer.
- Secure applications for admission either through
- TCC resources,
- college websites or
- contact colleges directly to request application
- Don't wait until the deadline to apply!
- Apply at least one semester
prior to the semester you plan to enroll at the college; e.g.,
apply at the beginning of spring semester to enroll for fall
- You may need to begin working on applications during
the fall for those colleges that require written essays and
- Generally speaking, it is easier to
transfer for the fall semester.
- Submit a Transcript
Request Form to the TCC Central Records office so that official transcripts may be sent to your selected college's Admissions
Office at the end of each semester prior to enrolling at the
college or university.
- There is no charge for official transcripts but students
should also request a personal copy of their current transcript
- The personal copy can be used when meeting with faculty
advisors that will help plan your program.
- The acceptance letter you receive from the college
or university should outline the steps you need to follow.
- Some colleges offer special orientation/registration days
for transfer students.
- Others ask students to telephone or
e-mail specific college departments for academic advising.
- Request that an official, final TCC
transcript be sent from the TCC Central Records Office
to the college or university Admissions Office. If you complete
an A.A., A.S., or A.A.S. Degree, that should be noted on the
- Ascertain that all required documentation has been
received by the Financial Aid Office at the college or university.
- Financial Aid transcripts must be submitted whether you received
assistance at TCC or not.
- Apply early. January is the best time to apply if you plan
to attend in the fall semester.
- Some colleges have deadlines
as early as February 15th.
- Failure to meet this deadline
may reduce your financial aid award package.
- Apply for financial aid through The Department of Education
- Each college may have their own financial aid application.
- Check the college's website for applications and scholarship information.
- Contact colleges directly
requesting application materials.
- TCC's website offers online
information for financial
- Go to http://www.finaid.org for financial aid and scholarship information.
for notices about transfer scholarships and other scholarships
which may relate to your intended major.
- Virginia Community College Transfer Grant
- Two Year College Transfer Grant Program
The Two Year College Grant Program was created by the General Assembly in 2007 to provide financial assistance to eligible students who transfer with an associate’s degree to a Virginia four-year institution. [Learn more.]