Step 1: Apply Online Free at www.tcl.edu/apply
New, transfer, and those students returning to TCL after 12 months off must complete and submit an application for Admissions. Apply here.
Step 2: Gather Your Documentation and Contact or Visit Enrollment Services.
Please click here to see a complete list of documentation you are required to submit regarding Citizenship, Residency, and Transcripts.
Step 3: Schedule and Take Placement Test, If Needed
If Enrollment Services advises you to take the Placement Test, please schedule a placement test by contacting the Testing Center at 843-470-8400. Although untimed, please allow yourself at least 2 hours to take all 3 parts of the COMPASS test. When you have completed the test, you will be directed to schedule an appointment with your advisor. Distance Learners may take the COMPASS at a nearby college or testing center that administers the COMPASS. Once taken, be sure to have your results mailed or faxed (855-825-3291) directly from the test site to TCL’s Testing Center.
To take a practice test of the placement test, please click here.
Step 4: Apply for Financial Aid
Financial Aid qualifications vary. All students should complete the federal government’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov . TCL’s school code is 009910. You must complete the FAFSA for all financial aid including the SC Lottery Tuition Assistance program. Here’s a BIG tip, start the financial aid process early because it takes time to complete! Be sure to follow-up with Financial Aid by calling 843.470.5961 or toll free at 1.855.509.6579.
Step 5: Sign-Up for New Student Orientation at www.tcl.edu/orientation.
Orientation is recommended for all new students! Register now at www.tcl.edu/orientation.
Step 6: Meet with your Advisor and Register for Classes. Distance Learners should contact their advisor by phone or via e-mail.
Contact your advisor immediately to set up an appointment for advisement. As a new student, your advisor will also assist you in registering for the first time — you’ll want to have your WebAdvisor account activated by the time you are advised.
Step 7: Set up your WebAdvisor and Email Accounts
Activate both your TCL Email Account and WebAdvisor accounts immediately to access information to assist you in the enrollment process. Please click here to see full instructions on setting up both your TCL Email and WebAdvisor accounts. If you need further assistance, contact the Help Desk at 843-525-8344.
Step 8: Print Schedule and Fee Statement from WebAdvisor
Once you have been advised and have registered for classes, print your schedule and fee statement. This can be done during advisement or on your own from WebAdvisor.
Step 9: Pay Tuition and Fees
Take your completed course schedule and fee statement to the Cashier in Bldg. 2- Coleman Hall, Beaufort Campus, or to the front desk at the New River and Hampton campuses for payment. You may pay by check, cash, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express. The cashier will give you a receipt. Visit www.tcl.edu/pay-your-bill for online payment options and more information. Keep your receipt!
Step 10: Obtain Student ID and Parking Pass
You can get your student ID card and free parking decal at Student Records, Bldg. 2 on the Beaufort Campus, at the Learning Resource Center at the New River Campus, and at the front desk at the Hampton Campus. Remember that receipt? This is where you need to present it to the Student Records Office to get your student ID. Have your vehicle registration information available for your parking decal. Distance Learning students will not be issued a student ID or Parking Pass if living out of our service area.
Step 11: Purchase Book
You can purchase your books and necessary supplies at the Beaufort Campus Bookstore. Make sure you have your class schedule and student ID with you. That’s in MacLean Hall, Bldg. 12. Books for classes at the New River Campus or online classes can be purchased at the Beaufort Campus Bookstore or through online order. Visit www.tcl.edu/bookstore for details.
We have wonderfully friendly people who can help make the enrollment process easy. Please feel free to contact us. We’ll gladly answer all your questions. If you’d like to visit us in person, the Admissions Office is located on the first floor of Coleman Hall, Building 2, on the Beaufort Campus. Admissions personnel is also available on our New River and Hampton Campuses.