TCC Terms to Know

TCC's preferred in-house admissions application for all incoming credit and continuing education students (excluding international admissions).

Online admission application to any Texas public university, as well as to participating community and private colleges. You need a valid social security number and an active email address to apply.

How you receive refunds. TCC has partnered with BankMobile Disbursements since October 2012 to give you multiple convenient ways to receive refunds.

Our online student portal where you can, for example, see announcements, access grades and coursework.

Continuing Education
Courses and programs that do not apply toward college and university degrees. Continuing Education Courses & Programs A-Z lead to certifications and industry-recognized credentials and award continuing education units (CEUs)

Dual Credit Program
Courses allow you to earn college credit while attending high school, beginning as early as your junior year.

FTIC Student
First-Time-in-College student. 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.

Lifestyle and Community Learning
Courses designed for personal enrichment and lifelong learning—including senior education and youth camps

New Student Group Advisement

New Student Orientation

Online Readiness
A tool that helps you determine if distance learning and/or learning in a technology-rich environment will be a good fit for you. You answer questions and complete a few activities. You must take Online Readiness before you can register for an Internet-delivered course.

Open Registration
Scheduled registration period when any student can register for classes.

PAA (Pre-Assessment Activity)
Presentation that new students are required to attend before they take the TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessment.

Priority Registration
(fall and spring terms) A scheduled period when—if you qualify—you can register for class before registration is opened to all students.

At TCC, if you are currently enrolled in the fall term, you are eligible for priority in the following spring term; if you are currently enrolled in the spring term, you are eligible for priority in the following fall. A date for priority registration is assigned based on the number of TCC hours you have earned, including developmental courses and credit by exam/experience.

Success Coach
FTIC (First-Time-in-College) advisor

Updated December 04, 2023