Orientation is for all new students. It’s the best way to get all of the information you will need to begin and complete your educational journey at Technical College of the Lowcountry.

Orientation is a one stop shop for everything you need to know to successfully navigate your enrollment and registration process at TCL. You will also learn about Financial Aid, Bill Pay, Important Deadlines, Campus Services, Campus Events and more!


Complete New Student Orientation

Orientation should be completed before registering for classes at TCL. This online orientation takes about 30 minutes to complete, and if you need to step away and finish later, it will pick up right where you left off. To get started on your new student orientation, just click the link below and use your TCL email and Student ID to log in!

New Student Orientation Link

Dual Enrollment Orientation Recording

Are you a Dual Enrollment student? Access the recording below for New Student Orientation. An Online version will be sent all new Dual Enrollment Students in December! Check your TCL emails!


Now what?

After you have completed Orientation, here are your final steps before starting next semester:

Student ID

Due to the impacts of Covid19, we are not issuing IDs until the campus offices reopen to the public. If you need an ID as required by your program, program directors will work with student records to get you your ID.

Obtain your free Student ID card. Student ID cards are frequently required to verify your identity prior to receiving services in TCL support offices (i.e. Library, Bookstore, Student Records, Financial Aid and the Business Office). Keep your Student ID card with you on campus.

  • Beaufort: Student Records, Bldg. 2, Room 106
  • New River: Library

Parking Permit

Please go to security guard station at the Beaufort Campus for parking passes.

Obtain your free Parking Permit. Be sure to bring your license plate number and expiration date with you.

  • Beaufort: Student Records, Bldg. 2, Room 106
  • New River: Library
  • Hampton: Front Desk

Don’t Forget

Follow up with Financial Aid

Buy your books

Due to the impacts of Covid19, the bookstore is open on limited hours for in-person book purchases. Books can be ordered online using the link below and shipped to your home free of charge. You can also schedule a curbside pickup of your books. See the bookstore website for more details.

  • To buy your books at the Beaufort bookstore you will need a copy of your printed class schedule and your Student ID. The bookstore is not responsible for checking on your Financial Aid. Please be sure that you have funds in your account before purchasing your books using Aid. You can view your most accurate available balance for books in your Self-Service account.
  • tcl.edu/bookstore

Pay your bill or set up a payment plan

  • Online through Self-Service or In-person with the Business Office.
  • The payment plan is 25% of your balance payed prior to the payment deadline. This will allow you more time to pay your bill. Payment plans must be completed in person at the Business Office.
  • If you need assistance with understanding your bill in Self Service, please watch this video: Understanding your Financial Aid and Bill in Self Service