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: 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 3: Request Official Transcripts.
For Financial Aid purposes, it is strongly recommended that all transcripts are requested upon applying. For enrollment, submit high school/GED transcript within 30 days of the 1st day of the term.
- Request and submit your High School or GED Transcript (not the diploma) to Enrollment Services.
Mail to: Enrollment Services ● P.O. Box 1288 ● Beaufort, SC 29901
- Request and submit all previous College Transcript(s) prior to registration to Student Records.
Mail to: Student Records ● P.O. Box 1288 ● Beaufort, SC 29901
Step 4: Check your Residency & Citizenship by calling the Admissions Office at 843-525-8207.
If you are selected for further verification, please click here to see a complete list of documentation you are required to submit regarding Citizenship and Residency.
Step 5: Schedule and Take Placement Test, If Needed
If Admissions 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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.
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.