Senior citizens

Pursue your lifelong learning passions at TCC

Love to learn? Then you’re in luck. Tidewater Community College offers hundreds of credit and non-credit classes free to qualifying senior citizens.


If you have reached the age of 60 and have had legal domicile in Virginia for at least one year, you are eligible to enroll in TCC classes on a space-available basis and not pay tuition depending on the type of course and your income level.

Taking a course for college credit

If your taxable income did not exceed $23,850 in the year before you are seeking enrollment, you may enroll and earn college credit.

Auditing a course

Audited courses do not carry credit and are not counted as part of any academic record. You are eligible to audit courses regardless of your income, but you must enroll in TCC and obtain permission to audit.

Taking a non-credit course

Courses offered through the Center for Workforce Solutions and Center for Military and Veterans Education don't offer college credit. You are eligible to enroll in these courses regardless of income.

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Follow these steps to register

You may register by visiting any campus Enrollment Services Office. (Contact information is located at the bottom of this page.)

Interested in non-credit courses? Visit Continuing Education & Professional Development 

Apply for admission

If you are attending TCC for the first time, or it has been 3 years or more since you last attended, submit the online application for admission.

If you attended TCC within the last 3 years, you are considered a current student and can proceed to class registration.

Activate your TCC email account

You will receive a letter from us notifying you of your acceptance and assigning you a student email account. (If for some reason, your application can't be accepted immediately, we'll let you know.)

Go to myTCC to activate your account and access your student email. TCC will communicate important information to you only through your student email account. Check it often!

If you want to audit a class

If you want to audit a class – meaning you will pay full tuition and won't receive college credit – you must

  • follow the admission process outlined above;
  • use the class search tool to find your class;
  • and obtain permission from the appropriate academic dean or designee on the campus where the course is taught before you can register.
    Download petition form (PDF)
Register for classes

Select your classes using the online class schedule. You can also find printed class schedules at our campuses and locations.

Classes may be listed for more than one semester. Be sure you are searching the correct semester.

If the course you want to take has a pre-requisite, you can demonstrate that you have met it by completing the Pre-Requisite Waiver form.

Get form

Senior registration is on a space-available basis. You may register for any open course three business days before the session starts between 12 a.m. (midnight) and 11:59 p.m.

Computers are available for your use on all TCC campuses.

The academic calendar contains registration dates and deadlines.

Submit tuition waiver form

If you wish to take a class for college credit and take advantage of the senior tuition waiver:

Complete and submit the Student Assistance for Senior Citizens form at any campus business office immediately after registering for classes.

The college may ask to see your photo ID and proof of income.

Download Student Assistance for Senior Citizens form (PDF)

Pay any remaining fees

You must pay course expenses other than tuition, such as laboratory and art supply fees.

Fees must be paid by 5 p.m. the next business day after registration.

Check your student account balance in the Student Information System (SIS) Student Center after you activate your student email account.

Learn more about payment methods

Get your student ID card

Your student ID card is a wonderful resource that allows you access to student services and events and provides discounts with numerous local merchants.

You can also elect to participate in our StormDollars plan, which allows you to go cashless when you make purchases and print documents on campus. Simply swipe and go!

You are eligible for your ID card after you register for classes. Bring a photo ID and your SIS Student ID number to any of the ID card campus offices.

Call the campus ID office for current hours of operation.

Chesapeake Campus
George Pass Building, Room 1548

Norfolk Campus
Student Center, First Floor Information Desk

Portsmouth Campus
Student Center, First Floor Information Desk

Virginia Beach Campus
Student Center, First Floor, Room K-105D

Your first ID card is free. Replacements cost $10.

Buy your textbooks and supplies

Print your class schedule and take it to the Barnes & Noble bookstore at your preferred campus to purchase textbooks.

You can also buy your textbooks online. Rentals and digital materials are available.

Get your parking permit or HRT pass

Parking decals and semester validation stickers for the Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach campuses are provided to students who have registered and paid for their classes.

To receive your free parking decal or the semester validation sticker, bring:

  • a valid driver's license
  • your Student ID number

to the business office at your preferred campus.

Parking decals should be placed on the left rear bumper of the vehicle or the rear window, lower corner on the driver side.

Students taking classes on the Norfolk Campus are required to purchase a City of Norfolk parking pass. Visit the Norfolk Campus page for details.

TCC students are eligible for reduced-cost public transportation on Hampton Roads Transit, including light rail, buses and ferries. Details

Sign up for TCC Alerts!

TCC Alerts is a free service that immediately contacts you during situations that affect college operations.

It delivers important emergency alerts, notifications and updates to you via email and all handheld devices. Family members can sign up, too!

TCC Alerts is your personal connection to real-time updates, instructions on where to go, what to do, or what not to do, who to contact and other important information.

Sign up here

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Enrollment Services Offices

Regular office hours are:
Monday and Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Chesapeake Campus

Pass Building, Room 175
1428 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Phone: 757-822-5117

Norfolk Campus

Andrews Building
315 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-822-1205, -1210, or -1265

Portsmouth Campus

Building A, Room A130
120 Campus Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Phone: 757-822-2192 or -2193

Virginia Beach Campus

Building B (Bayside), Room B105
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Phone: 757-822-7101