You're a First-Time-in-College (FTIC) student if you have never attended a college or university. Even if you were enrolled in a dual-credit program in high school and then graduated, you are still considered a FTIC student when you enroll as a full-time student at TCC.
How do I apply to TCC?
- Complete and submit an application for admission.
- Applications can be submitted online with ApplyTexas, or in person at your Admissions and Registrar Office.
- Get help with your online application by following our ApplyTexas application instructions.
- The admissions application deadline is two weeks before the class start date. Submit your application at least two weeks before your class start date.
- Submit evidence of Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination (if new to TCC and under 22 years old) and residency documentation (if applicable).
- Submit required supporting documents.
- Receive notice of acceptance.
What supporting documents do I need to submit?
In addition to applying for admission, you should submit:
High School Graduates
- Official high school transcript with graduation date
- Official test scores from TAKS, STAAR, SAT or ACT
- Official transcript with graduation date. Review TCC's Transcript Creation Guide for Homeschooled StudentsListen (PDF will open in new window) for homeschool transcript guidelines and requirements.
- Official tests score, if available, from SAT or ACT
High School Equivalency
- Official State of Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency,
- Official GED certificate from issuing state
Non-High School Graduate/Non-GED Recipient
- Admission by Individual Approval FormListen (PDF will open in new window)
- Print and visit with an academic advisor to fill out
- Return to your campus's Admissions and Registrar Office
When will I know if I'm accepted?
You should allow up to five business days for processing. You will be contacted via your personal email when you've been accepted into TCC to finish the registration process.
What happens next?
Once you're accepted, follow the next series of steps.
- Plan for payment of tuition and fees.
- Complete any testing requirements.
- Schedule an appointment with a success coach at your campus's Advising and Counseling center. This is required for all FTIC students. Success coaches offer one-on-one
- Complete an application for admission
- Answer questions about the financial aid application
- Discuss all required documents, and where/how to submit them
- Schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. This is required for all FTIC students and includes:
- Test score review
- Student Success/Texas Success Initiative Plan review
- New Student Group Advisement (NSGA) and Orientation to College (NSO)
- Register for classes.
- Pay for classes.
- Review payment deadlines
- Finish preparing for the start of the semester.
Updated March 28, 2019