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Thank you to our Veterans for serving our country! We are excited that you are interested in enrolling at TCL. Please see below for the steps to enrolling at TCL. We look forward to serving you.

BEFORE YOU COME ON-CAMPUS:

(1) Apply to TCL: https://www.tcl.edu/admissions/apply/. Please indicate your military affiliation on the application, in order to be assigned to the Military Student Adviser.

(2) Within two days of acceptance, please setup your TCL Student Email in order to receive college-related correspondence (including your current admissions and financial aid status). Information on setting up your student email, can be found via https://www.tcl.edu/campus-life/social/student-email/.

(3) Submit proof of residency – Please note: If you have resided in the state of South Carolina and/or Chatham or Effingham counties in Georgia for at least one full year, the “Residency” section on your admissions may determine your qualification to receive in-state tuition. If requested, all residency documents must be submitted to the Office of Admissions or the Military Student Adviser (Building 12, MacLean Hall – Student Center: Room 118) or sent to Admissions / Military Student Adviser via email from your TCL Student Email Account.

(A) Special Residency Exception for Veterans Receiving Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program Benefits – Eligible students who have lived in SC for less than one full year may qualify for in-state tuition, by submitting the following documents:

  • Signed Vocational Rehabilitation Authorization Form (VA 28-1905)
  • Proof of physical SC address (i.e., utility bill). No P.O. Box information will be accepted.

(B) Special Residency Exception for Veterans Receiving Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill® Benefits – Eligible students who have lived in SC for less than one full year may qualify for in-state tuition, by submitting the following documents:

  • DD214 showing honorable discharge from active duty service within three years of the start of the semester upon entry of admissions
  • Proof of physical SC address (i.e., utility bill). No P.O. Box information will be accepted.

Other documentation can also prove residency:

  • South Carolina or Georgia (Effingham & Chatham County Residents) Driver’s License with an issue date of one-year or more. If license was recently reissued, student can provide a 3-year driving record from their local DMV.
  • South Carolina or Georgia (Effingham & Chatham County Residents) Rental / Lease / Mortgage Agreement – must show residency of more than one-year.
  • Provide a signed copy of both Federal and South Carolina or Georgia (Effingham & Chatham County Residents) Tax Returns.
  • South Carolina or Georgia (Effingham & Chatham County Residents) Vehicle Registration Cards for all vehicles registered in student’s name.
  • Letter from Employer on Company Letterhead (if employed full-time or part-time with benefits).
  • Proof of retirement (i.e. pension), must have SC Driver’s license (issued within 90 days of lease and mortgage agreement), and proof of domicile in SC.

(4) Submit your official high school or GED transcript. Contact your high school / Board of Education Office or GED Coordinator. Transcripts must be sent to Admissions via mail, in-person, or electronically via Parchment or other electronic sources.

(5) If you are a college transfer, please also submit your official college transcripts. Transcripts must be sent to Student Records via mail, in-person, or electronically via Parchment or other electronic sources. If you are transferring in College Level English and Math credits, you will not need to take the placement test.

(6) Request your Military Smart (Joint Service) Transcript: https://jst.doded.mil/jst/. The SMART transcript must be submitted electronically to Student Records.

(7) Apply for financial aid via https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa. TCL’s school code is 009910. Please visit this link, https://www.tcl.edu/paying-for-tcl/financial-aid/financial-aid-process/, for more information.

(8) If you wish to apply for VA Education Benefits: Apply online at https://www.va.gov/education/apply/. Please refer to our Applying for VA Benefits page to view more about the various VA Education Benefit Programs, including Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill® – Active Duty (MGIB-AD), Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program, and Chapter 33: Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®. Make sure that you select “TCL (Technical College of the Lowcountry)” as your place of training. You can contact the US Department of Veteran Affairs for more information on your eligibility at (888) 442-4551.

Be sure to print out a copy of the confirmation of the GI Bill®. Within three to four weeks, you should be able to retrieve your Certificate of Eligibility from https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/manage.

WHEN YOU COME ON-CAMPUS:

(9) Take the placement testing, if needed: tcl.edu/admissions/placement-testing/. You may need to the Testing Center at (843) 470-8400 to schedule your appointment.  Practice tests are available at www.accuplacer.org.

(10) Visit the Veterans Resource Center located in Building. 12 – MacLean Hall, Room 107.

(11) Effective December 2019:  All students must complete the VA Educational Benefits Enrollment Certification Consent Form and submit this document along with a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility and class schedule to the VA Certifying Official via email to gibill@tcl.edu or inside the Financial Aid Office (Building 2: Coleman Hall: Room – 139) or the Veterans Resource Center.

  • The VA Educational Benefits Enrollment Certification Consent Form must be submitted with a copy of your schedule and bill each semester, in order for your benefits to be certified. You will need to use your TCL Student Email to send your VA documentation, if you decide to use the email option.
    • All VA Benefit Education recipients (with the exception of Chapter 31 students) will need to submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility, VA Educational Benefits Enrollment Certification Consent Form, and class schedule.
    • Chapter 31 recipients will be required to submit signed Vocational Rehabilitation Authorization Form (VA Form 28-1905), VA Educational Benefits Enrollment Certification Consent Form, and class schedule. You will need to communicate with your assigned Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor on a regular basis, in order to continuously receive VA Benefits. Certification is contingent based on your approval dates, as you may need to submit an updated VA Form 28-1905 to the Certifying Official.

(12) If you have a remaining balance, you can make payments online on your Self Service account or inside the Cashier’s Office inside Building 3. They accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.

(13) If you are expecting a refund, sign-up for your refund to be direct deposited into your bank account via https://www.tcl.edu/paying-for-tcl/tuition-fees/disbursement-checks/. Questions, please contact the Cashier’s Office at 843-525-8355.

(14) Complete registration to attend New Student Orientation via https://www.tcl.edu/admissions/new-student-orientation/  to obtain your Student ID and Parking Permit and learn more information about the college.

(15) Purchase textbooks and supplies inside the Bookstore located in Building 12 – MacLean Hall, Room 102 or visit their website online at http://bookstore.tcl.edu/Home.


Need Help

On Campus:

Director of Veteran Services
Christina Welsch-Copeland  –  cwelsch-copeland@tcl.edu
Monday thru Thursday – 0830-1730
Friday – 0830-1130
Bldg 12, Rm 107
Phone: 843-525-8264

Military Student Adviser
Jamella Taylor  jrtaylor@tcl.edu
Monday thru Thursday – 0800-1730
Friday – 0800-1130
Bldg 12, Rm 107
Phone: 843-525-8340

On Base:

Military Community Liaison:
Henry Dreier  rdreier@tcl.edu

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island
Monday and Wednesday
0800-1700
Bldg 923,  Rm 30
Phone: 843-228-2659

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
Tuesday and Thursday
0800-1700
Bldg 596, Room 107A
Phone: 843-228-7494