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Guaranteed Transfer

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Tidewater Community College has guaranteed admission agreements with tons of public and private colleges and universities including Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University and more! Just take the right classes, get the grades, complete the transfer process -- and you're in! Here are a few of TCC's transfer partners.

Save big. Guaranteed.

Do the math. You’ll save thousands by starting at TCC and transferring to a 4-year school, where you’d pay more in tuition, not to mention things like room and board. That’s why so many students are choosing TCC as their first stop on the way to their ultimate “anywhere.”

Score a priceless education, without the hefty price tag. Our transfer counselors are here to help you every step of the way with financial aid opportunities like the Two-Year College Transfer Grant, which affords qualifying in-state students with up to $2,000 in tuition assistance. Check out the comparison tool below to see how a 2-year transfer path measures up with an otherwise costly 4-year track.

* Based on 2017-18 full-time, in-state tuition and fees.

Don’t settle for some “back-up school.”

Getting turned down or wait-listed by your first-choice school can be rough, but it’s no reason to abandon your hopes of graduating from that dream school. Put in the work at TCC for 2 years (and sometimes less), and go pretty much anywhere in Virginia.

Cost Savings

Zero Student
debt for 3 in 5
TCC grads.

Yep, you read that right. 60% of our graduates leave Tidewater Community College with NO student debt. Compare that to the national average of $37,172*, and it’s easy to see why TCC is great option for those looking to get their career in gear without having to start “in reverse.”

See how TCC stacks up.

Check out the college cost calculator below to see the average difference in dollars between TCC and many of Virginia’s 4-year universities.

These are just a few of the Virginia schools that TCC offers guaranteed transfer to. Those looking to transfer from TCC to a 4-year university can also save big! Use our transfer savings tool on this page to see if this might be an option to get into the school you want without all the debt you don’t.

Still a little short? We can help.

A college education is an important investment in your future, but you don’t want to break the bank pursuing your dreams. Here are a few examples of other payment options:

Paying as-you- go is a good way to manage your education expenses. With TCC’s payment plan you can make payments in up to four monthly installments instead of making one large payment each semester.

TCC offers a number of resources for active-duty military, veterans, and their families. Whether it's help with the GI Bill®, military brand TA benefits, tuition, fees, domicile assistance, and more!

TCC and the TCC Educational Foundation award thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving students each year. Most of them are worth $500 or more and don't need to be repaid, making one of the most affordable options in higher education even more cost-effective.

We can assist you with a number of grants including federal and state opportunities like Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Virginia Community College System Grants, Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program and more.

There are multiple options in seeking loans for your education expenses. TCC can help you navigate both subsidized and unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans, Federal Parent PLUS Loans and more.

Some employers see so much value in continuing education, they pay some or all of their employees’ tuition.

* Source: CNBC Here’s how much it costs to go to college in 25 countries around the world

Short-term Programs to Jobs

Career paths
in weeks —
not years.

For some, committing to 4 years in the classroom just isn’t an option. That’s why Tidewater Community College offers a number of flexible, short-term programs designed to land you in a good job, with a good paycheck to match.

So many options. So little time.

Check out our certificate programs below, and find one that makes sense for you.

Earn your commercial driver's license in just a few weeks and start your career in the trucking industry.

Train to provide clincial patient care as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant.

Gain a foundation in criminal justice and prepare for an entry-level career in the law enforcement system.

Build a career in the maintenance, testing, troubleshooting and repair of fiber, data and video network systems.

Train for a fast-paced career in advanced manufacturing.

Learn the essentials of electrical wiring needed to be a successful electrician.

Prepare for a career in one of health care's most versatile and in-demand fields.

Gain the basic skills and knowledge necessary for an entry-level position as a CAD operator or drafter.

Develop expertise in the diagnosis and repair of diesel engines through hands-on training.

Put the standards of American Council on Exercise (ACE) to work with clients from school-age children to senior citizens.

Lay the foundation for an in-demand career in land surveying.

Enter the field as a bookkeeper, accounting technician, payroll administrator, payroll clerk or tax preparer.

Find employment in general practice law firms or as a legal assistant with a trial-work concentration.

Get started as a residential or commercial technician!

Launch or advance a career in web development.

* Salary estimates are based on 2016 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Don’t stop there.

While all of these programs can quickly kick off or advance your career, they can also get you closer to qualifying for sought-after certifications or even count as credits towards an associate degree from Tidewater Community College. With TCC’s convenient night, weekend and online classes, you can continue to work, while continuing to work on your degree.

Online Classes

From here
(or there),
go anywhere.

Online courses aren’t a nicety anymore, they’re a necessity. TCC offers not just a few select classes online, but entire degree programs you can take from your laptop, on your lunch break, or in your pjs. Our online programs are taught by the same faculty as our on-campus courses, and with 24/7 access to your virtual classroom, you can schedule your studies around your busy life.

In-demand degrees and certificates

Your online degree or certificate can be your bridge to a 4-year college. Have a look at our program offerings below:

Business Administration

Transfer into 4-year business programs with the Associate of Science in Business Administration. And, take advantage of our no-textbook-cost “Z degree.”

General Studies

Fulfill freshman and sophomore general education requirements at most Virginia colleges and universities with the Associate of Science in General Studies.

Liberal Arts

Gain the critical thinking skills to succeed in almost any walk of life. An Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts will allow you to transfer to a 4-year college or university.

Social Sciences

The Associate of Science in Social Sciences allows you to pursue degrees from anthropology to economics at a 4-year school.

If you are looking for the convenience of earning your associate degree or career studies certificate without transferring to a 4-year school, check out these online programs that will jump start your career.


Love to work with numbers? Earn your Associate of Applied Science in Accounting or a Certificate in Accounting Specialist.

Criminal Justice

Start or advance your law enforcement career with the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, or start with the Career Studies Certificate in Law Enforcement.

Industrial Technology

Learn to make production more efficient and profitable with the Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology.


Gain a strong foundation in finance and business operations with the Associate of Applied Science in Management.