Need to take a class but enrolled at another college/university?

Relax. There’s an application for that at the Technical College of the Lowcountry. You can enter TCL as a transient student. You are a transient student if you are pursuing a degree at another college or university but you choose to take some approved classes at TCL. And guess what? We offer many of the same college classes but at a fraction of the cost of other universities.

  • Will TCL classes transfer to my current college or university? Potentially, any TCL class will transfer to your current college or university as long as you have an approved transient approval form from your home institution. This form is what gives you permission to take the TCL course(s) and ensures that the course(s) will transfer back. Find out more about classes that transfer on the Student Records web page.
  • How do I know if the class I need is offered ? Use the TCL Course Search feature to peruse classes offered.  Look at all semester options.
  • See important dates and deadlines on the Academic Calendar page.

 So, just how do I enter TCL as a transient?

1. Apply for Admissions

Submit a TCL admissions application. You do not need to take a placement test.

2. Obtain a Transient Approval Form

Contact your advisor at your home institution to receive a Transient Approval Form or Letter. You and your advisor must ensure that you have met pre-requisites for the TCL courses for which you will register. This approval is only valid for one semester and is your assurance that your home institution will accept the TCL courses for credit.

If your home institution does not have a transient approval form, click here and have your advisor fill out the appropriate fields and obtain the required signatures.

3. Submit the Transient Approval Form

Submit the Transient Approval Form or letter from your current college or university by one of the following methods:

• Visit the HUB at the Beaufort Mather (Bld 2), New River or Hampton Campus to submit your form.

• Scan and email to Student Records at

4. Register for Classes

You will be registered for the approved classes (pending availability) by a member of the Registrar’s Office staff.  Each registered student will receive a registration confirmation email from the Registrar’s Office once registration is complete.

5. Pay Tuition

Learn about tuition and fee information. After you register, you will receive information regarding your schedule and tuition.

6. Complete Transcript Request Form

Click here for details about sending your TCL transcript back to your home institution once your class is completed.