Admission Steps - Military Veteran Students

Follow these steps to apply and enroll in classes at Tidewater Community College. TCC's Center for Military and Veterans Education (CMVE) is here to assist and support you through the process.

Veterans

 Follow the instructions on this page to apply to TCC. 

Military service members
Follow these steps to apply to TCC

Spouses & dependents
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 need only 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.

Chapter 30, Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill ®), Chapter 1606


Chapter 31

  • Initial application: Use VA form 28-1900
  • Changing programs or colleges: See your VA case manager
Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid

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

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​​​​​​​ tcc.edu/enroll. 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​​​​​​​ tcc.edu/pay

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 enroll@tcc.edu 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.
 

Montgomery GI Bill ® (Chapter 30)
You must pay tuition and submit the Enrollment Certification Request (ECR) form by the tuition deadline to prevent your classes being dropped due to non-payment.
 

Montgomery GI Bill ® Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
You must pay tuition and submit the Enrollment Certification Request (ECR) form by the tuition deadline to prevent your classes being dropped due to non-payment.

Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Chapter 31)
You must have VA Form 1905 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

Step 11: Have Military & Education Credits Evaluated

You may receive academic credit for your military experience and previous college credit. An CMVE advisor can assist you with this process.

Request credit for military experience 

Request credit for previous academic credit

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 AskVetAffairs@tcc.edu if you have questions about your  GI-BILL.
Please email Military@tcc.edu if you have questions about your active duty Tuition Assistance (TA)
Please email Veritas@tcc.edu 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

Chesapeake

Pass Building
1428 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23320

Phone: 757-822-7645

Fax: 757-822-5014

Norfolk

Andrews Building
315 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-822-7645

Fax: 757-822-1650

Portsmouth

Building A
120 Campus Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Phone: 757-822-7645

Fax: 757-822-2136