Tidewater Community College has guaranteed admission agreements with tons of public and private colleges and universities including Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University and more! Just take the right classes, get the grades, complete the transfer process -- and you’re in! Here are a few of TCC’s transfer partners.
Save big. Guaranteed.
Do the math. You’ll save thousands by starting at TCC and transferring to a 4-year school, where you’d pay more in tuition, not to mention things like room and board. That’s why so many students are choosing TCC as their first stop on the way to their ultimate “anywhere.”
Score a priceless education, without the hefty price tag. Our transfer counselors are here to help you every step of the way with financial aid opportunities like the Two-Year College Transfer Grant, which affords qualifying in-state students with up to $2,000 in tuition assistance. Check out the comparison tool below to see how a 2-year transfer path measures up with an otherwise costly 4-year track.
* Based on 2017-18 full-time, in-state tuition and fees.
Don’t settle for some “back-up school.”
Getting turned down or wait-listed by your first-choice school can be rough, but it’s no reason to abandon your hopes of graduating from that dream school. Put in the work at TCC for 2 years (and sometimes less), and go pretty much anywhere in Virginia.
Paying For College
3 in 5 TCC graduates leave with no student debt.
Yep, you read that right. 60% of our graduates leave Tidewater Community College with NO student debt. Compare that to the national average of $37,172*, and it’s easy to see why TCC is great option for those looking to get their career in gear without having to start “in reverse.”
See how TCC stacks up.
Check out the college cost calculator below to see the average difference in dollars between TCC and many of Virginia’s 4-year universities.
These are just a few of the Virginia schools that TCC offers guaranteed transfer to. Those looking to transfer from TCC to a 4-year university can also save big! Use our transfer savings tool on this page to see if this might be an option to get into the school you want without all the debt you don’t.
Still a little short? We can help.
A college education is an important investment in your future, but you don’t want to break the bank pursuing your dreams. Here are a few examples of other payment options:
Paying as-you-go is a good way to manage your education expenses. With TCC’s payment plan you can make payments in up to four monthly installments instead of making one large payment each semester.
TCC offers a number of resources for active duty military, veterans and their families, including help with GI Bill ® benefits, military TA, credit for military experience, domicile assistance, and more.
TCC and the TCC Educational Foundation award thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving students each year. Most of them are worth $500 or more and don’t need to be repaid, making one of the most affordable options in higher education even more cost-effective.
We can assist you with a number of grants including federal and state opportunities like Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Virginia Community College System Grants, Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program and more.
There are many loan options available to pay for your education expenses. TCC can help you navigate both subsidized and unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans, Federal Parent PLUS Loans and more.
Some employers see so much value in continuing education, they pay some or all of their employees’ tuition.
* Source: CNBC Here’s how much it costs to go to college in 25 countries around the world
Great Jobs in 2 years or less
For some, committing to 4 years in the classroom just isn’t an option. That’s why Tidewater Community College offers a number of flexible, short-term programs designed to land you in a good job, with a good paycheck to match.
So many options. So little time.
Check out our certificate programs below, and find one that makes sense for you.
Earn your commercial driver’s license in just a few weeks and start your career in the trucking industry.
Train to provide clinical patient care as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant.
Gain a foundation in criminal justice and prepare for an entry-level career in the law enforcement system.
Build a career in the maintenance, testing, troubleshooting and repair of fiber, data and video network systems.
Train for a fast-paced career in advanced manufacturing.
Learn the essentials of electrical wiring needed to be a successful electrician.
Prepare for a career in one of health care’s most versatile and in-demand fields.
Gain the basic skills and knowledge necessary for an entry-level position as a CAD operator or drafter.
Develop expertise in the diagnosis and repair of diesel engines through hands-on training.
Put the standards of American Council on Exercise (ACE) to work with clients from school-age children to senior citizens.
Lay the foundation for an in-demand career in land surveying.
Enter the field as a bookkeeper, accounting technician, payroll administrator, payroll clerk or tax preparer.
Find employment in general practice law firms or as a legal assistant with a trial-work concentration.
Get started as a residential or commercial technician!
Launch or advance a career in web development.
* Salary estimates are based on 2017 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Gainful employment consumer information is available at tcc.edu/GainfulEmployment.
Don’t stop there.
While all of these programs can quickly kick off or advance your career, they can also get you closer to qualifying for sought-after certifications or even count as credits towards an associate degree from Tidewater Community College. With TCC’s convenient night, weekend and online classes, you can continue to work, while continuing to work on your degree.
Online courses aren’t a nicety anymore, they’re a necessity. TCC offers not just a few select classes online, but entire degree programs you can take from your laptop, on your lunch break, or in your pjs. Our online programs are taught by the same faculty as our on-campus courses, and with 24/7 access to your virtual classroom, you can schedule your studies around your busy life.
In-demand degrees and certificates
Your online degree or certificate can be your bridge to a 4-year college. Have a look at our program offerings below:
Transfer into 4-year business programs with the Associate of Science in Business Administration. And, take advantage of our no-textbook-cost “Z degree.”
Fulfill freshman and sophomore general education requirements at most Virginia colleges and universities with the Associate of Science in General Studies.
Gain the critical thinking skills to succeed in almost any walk of life. An Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts will allow you to transfer to a 4-year college or university.
The Associate of Science in Social Sciences allows you to pursue degrees from anthropology to economics at a 4-year school.
If you are looking for the convenience of earning your associate degree or career studies certificate without transferring to a 4-year school, check out these online programs that will jump start your career.
Love to work with numbers? Earn your Associate of Applied Science in Accounting or a Certificate in Accounting Specialist.
Start or advance your law enforcement career with the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, or start with the Career Studies Certificate in Law Enforcement.
Learn to make production more efficient and profitable with the Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology.
Lay the foundation for an in-demand career with a Career Studies Certificate in Land Surveying.
Gain a strong foundation in finance and business operations with the Associate of Applied Science in Management. Want to be your own boss? You can specialize in Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship.
You don’t have to enroll in a degree program to benefit from TCC. Sometimes you just want to take a single class with us – and that’s totally cool!
Pursue a new passion, earn credits toward your bachelor’s degree, or hone the skills you need for a job or career advancement with just a few hours a week thanks to our convenient, affordable courses.
From mobile app development and investments to pottery and piano, you can access a world of knowledge with hundreds of TCC courses designed to enrich and inspire. Many of our courses can be taken without any previous experience – and you don’t need to commit to a full program or degree plan.
Check out some of our offerings and see where your passions can take you!
For College Credit Over the Summer
Whether you’re a Hokie in need of a math class or a Monarch strapped for a few more credits to graduate, TCC’s flexible summer course offerings are a great way for you to re-take a general education course, fulfill an elective, or accelerate your degree track!
You can earn 3 credits in just 6 weeks thanks to flexible summer sessions. And TCC offers hundreds of online courses, so you can access the same high-quality education – at a time that works for you.
For a Job/Promotion
Sometimes you need a class or two to meet a professional goal. With just a few courses at TCC you can prepare for IT certifications, earn continuing education credits (CEUs), or recertify an existing credential!
And whether you’re a new high school graduate or looking to jump start your career, short-term training programs at TCC’s Center for Workforce Solutions can get you there in just weeks.
Whether you are active duty, retired or a military dependent, chances are you have educational benefits that you can use towards your education at TCC. We make serving our military-related students a priority, and offer a variety of specialized resources to help you identify your available benefits and walk you through the process of applying for and using them.
We are here to help
At TCC, you’ll find affordable, flexible, convenient degrees and certificates that can help you turn your military experience into college credit and a specialized team of representatives dedicated to supporting you as you prepare to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program or pursue a meaningful career.
TCC has offices on every campus and at area military bases to provide all the advising and support you need to navigate every step of the admissions process.
Our team features experts in military benefits for active duty, veterans, and their families. Whether it’s the GI Bill®, military brand TA benefits, tuition, fees, or domicile assistance - we can help!
You could save time and money by having relevant military experience evaluated for college credits. Military students may qualify for accelerated degree tracks in certain fields.
Convenient day, evening and weekend classes; and one and two-year degree options allow you to advance your degree as quickly as possible - around your busy schedule.
Regional Automotive Center
Make your passion your career
The advanced technologies of today’s vehicles have put skilled technicians in high demand. A technical education from TCC’s Regional Automotive Center will give you the expertise desperately needed by manufacturers, dealerships and repair shops in automotive, diesel, collision, and marine fields.
High-tech, hands-on training
The RAC is Hampton Roads’ only high-tech educational facility for today’s skilled transportation industry. The center boasts 9 classrooms and 15 instructional labs for world-class instruction. Students are trained on the latest equipment at the forefront of industry trends.
You’ll learn in a hands-on program, spending extensive time working on real engines and equipment. You’ll work on everything from simple engine systems to powertrains and electronics. At TCC, you’ll also earn college credit for work experience in industry-related experience.
In less than a year you can train for a variety of in-demand careers in areas like marine diesel, automotive electronics, and medium/heavy truck service!
These foundational courses build your skills from the ground up, teaching you the skills to succeed in the field as a professional. From here, you can move on more advanced diesel and automotive courses as you work toward a degree.
At TCC, you’ll have access to learn from leading manufacturers in the industry. Courses designed with these industry leaders mimic the real-world workflows of each brand.
Plus you can earn while you learn with paid internship programs with our partners. These programs allow you to gain real world experience and manufacturer certifications from Honda, Volvo-Penta, Toyota, Ford, Fiat, Yamaha, Chrysler, and Subaru – all while you work towards your degree!
Prepare for national certifications
TCC programs are designed to help you earn industry credentials and certifications before you even graduate. These certifications make you an attractive job candidate and give you an advantage in the job marketing over those without formal training.
TCC’s automotive degree curriculum is based on the Master Automotive Service Technology standards set forth by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Graduates of the program are ready to take national ASE certification exams in the nine areas offered, in addition to the A/C Refrigerant Recovery License and Virginia State Inspection License.
The marine program is an American Boat & Yacht Council Marine League School and a Volvo Penta training partner. Course work qualifies students to sit for one or more exams administered by the American Yacht and Boat Council and Volvo Penta.