New Student Documentation & Residency | Technical College of the LowCountry

New Student Documentation & Residency



New Students: Applicants who are seeking to enroll in Associate degree, diploma or certificate programs are required to be eighteen (18) years of age or older or possess a high school diploma or its equivalent. In addition, applicants must submit standardized test scores or placement test scores such as SAT, ACT or Accuplacer or provide high school transcripts for multiple measures review.

Transfer Students: Applicants who are transferring to the Technical College of the Lowcountry from another institution of higher education and who are seeking to enroll in Associate degree, diploma or certificate programs are required to be eighteen (18) years of age or older or possess a high school diploma or its equivalent. They must also submit college transcripts for placement and degree planning. A transfer applicant whose transcript does not reflect at least one college level math and one college level English class will be provided the opportunity to submit SAT or ACT scores that are less than 5 years old or the option to take the College placement test to determine course placement.

Readmit Students: Please confirm with Admissions that we have your transcripts.  If you studied at another College while you were away from TCL, please have those Official Transcripts submitted to Student Records.

1) Mail: P.O. Box 1288, Beaufort, SC 29901
2) Electronically via a third party sender.
3) In-person in the original sealed envelope at any TCL campus.

*The Admissions Office will use Multiple Measures as a means for admission and placement during the enrollment process.  High School transcripts and/or GED Scores will be reviewed by admissions/advising staff to admit students and place students into college-level courses when applicable.

**If you are having an issue obtaining your transcripts due to school closures, please contact Admissions at for assistance. At this time, the best way to send a transcript is electronically.**

Legal Presence and Residency*

Tuition is based upon the student’s legal residency as defined in The Code of Laws of South Carolina, guidelines determined by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and the Technical College of the Lowcountry Commission.

A student’s residency classification for tuition purposes is determined by the Admissions staff at the time an admission application is submitted and according to College policies and procedures. You may be selected for legal presence and/or residency verification after your application is submitted, which will require you to submit additional documentation.

*If you are a current student that needs to request a change of residency status, please refer to the Change of Residency Status Form and submit all required documents to Admissions.*

Please refer to the list of approved documentation for proof of residency.

Please refer to the list below of approved documentation for proof of legal presence:

  • Birth Certificate
  • US Passport (non-expired)
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Military ID (except for dependents)
    • Active, Retired, Reservist, National Guard
    • DOD ID
  • DD-214 Form
  • Work Authorization Card, must be Category 33 on card-not eligible for in-state tuition
  • Permanent Resident Card-eligible for in-state tuition if card is active for more than 1 year.
  • If you are a Visa holder, please contact Admissions for the list of approved Visa’s.

Contact Admissions at for guidance on residency classification.