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TCC Admission procedures for

military personnel, SPOUSES and Dependent children


Getting Started at TCC

TCC has an open door admission policy whereby anyone eighteen years of age or older can be accepted into the college.


  • Important Notes
    • It is imperative that the college has a local mailing address and phone number so that we can mail you the class schedule, your priority registration card and so they can reach you in case of a canceled class or problem with your registration.
    • The choice of a program of interest will determine your curriculum placement and should be discussed with a counselor to insure you are selecting a major consistent with your career objectives.
    • The last page or section of the application is used to determine residency and domicile classification. Generally, active duty personnel who don't pay Virginia income taxes will be classified and consequently billed as out-of-state residents. However, when using tuition assistance you will be eligible for the lower contract rate. (domicile and Tuition Assistance will be addressed in greater detail in other sections of this website).
    • The college does not require SAT or ACT scores, nor is a high school diploma required. In lieu of these standardized tests, TCC administers a placement test in English, reading and math to determine if any developmental, non credit courses will be necessary before enrolling in a degree program. The English/Reading placement test is mandatory before registering unless the student has transfer credit in English or reading intensive courses such as history and psychology and provides documentation of this course work to the TCC advisor. The English placement test is waived for people having credit for college composition from another college or through CLEP. Likewise the math test is not required if credit in math has been earned at another accredited college, from evaluation of the Smart Transcript (summary of Military Training and Experiences) or CLEP. Testing is done daily on the campuses and a $4.00 testing fee is charged to take the Compass computerized placement test.
    • An alternate placement test may be offered on base free of charge. [more]
      This test is given free of charge and takes approximately three hours to do both the English and the Math sections. Your application must be submitted prior to the test date. TCC will not honor placement tests taken at another college nor developmental, non credit courses completed at another school. Your test scores are valid for one year and you must have permission from a TCC counselor to retake the test. Some review and preparation is strongly suggested before taking the tests to achieve a score reflective of your true abilities. A booklet of sample questions and a practice test is available from the on campus Enrollment Offices or the on base offices of TCC. Test results are available within 4 business days and you will need to discuss these results with a TCC counselor or base representative. The Privacy Act prohibits release of this information over the phone. Your test results will be important in making the correct selections for course enrollment.