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Since 1965, TCC has helped more than 500,000 students discover their passion and prepare for fulfilling careers. Whether you’re planning to transfer to a four-year university, succeed in a new career or enhance your professional growth, Tacoma Community College has the resources you need to achieve your goal.
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Preparing for college takes a little time and requires a handful of applications. You’ve got your financial aid  forms (both FAFSA and those through TCC) and college admission application. There is class placement testing and student orientations that help guide next steps. Want to map your next move? Mark your calendar to attend a TCC  info session today:


Friday, March 3 | Gig Harbor Campus | 3:30pm – 5pm

Wednesday, March 8 | Room 108, Building 16 | 3:45pm – 6pm

Monday, March 20 | Room 108, Building 16 | 5pm – 6:30pm

Enrollment FAQ’s

Have questions?  We have answers.

Q: How do I apply?
Complete the online application for admission. If you are returning to TCC after being gone for a year or less, call 253.566.5325 to update your application. If you have been gone for over a year, fill out a new application. Learn more about step-by-step instructions on the enrollment process.
Q: What do I need to turn in to the Financial Aid office?
Here’s what TCC needs you to do to begin the financial aid application process:

Q: Do I need to take placement tests?
All new students seeking a degree/certificate must take placement tests in Reading, English and Math in order to determine placement in these classes. The ACCUPLACER placement test is how we determine your current skills, so you begin with the appropriate class levels for your success in college.

Note: All transferring in students, or those who have college credit from another institution, may use transcripts for placement.  We will also consider SAT scores and high school GPA within the last year.

Q: What is New Student Advising & Orientation (NSAO)?
New Student Advising & Orientation (NSAO) gives you the info you need to quickly plug into the TCC campus community and to important student resources, such as your student portal and how to register for classes. You’ll be assigned an academic advisor. Sign up for New Student Advising & Orientation.

Q: Do I need to go to New Student Advising & Orientation (NSAO)?
Participation in the New Student Advising & Orientation is mandatory for all new first-time college students. All TCC students must learn how to register for their own classes and how to access the portal. You will also be assigned your advisor at that time.

The earlier you sign up for NSAO, the earlier you can select classes. Sign-up online as soon as you’ve got a Student ID number and know you’re planning on attending TCC. Be sure you’ve completed your assess your skills step (by taking the placement test) before your scheduled orientation.

Q: What is the cost of tuition at TCC?
For Washington State residents:

  • One credit hour – $105.50
  • 15-credit course load – $1,582 per quarter
  • 2015-2016 tuition – $4,747

For non-residents:

  • One credit hour – $118.73
  • 15-credit course load – $1,780 per quarter
  • 2015-2016 tuition – $5,342

Who We Are 

Tacoma Community College is a nationally recognized and accredited school that offers an expansive variety of educational services, programs and opportunities designed to help you achieve your goal.

College Transfer Areas of Study

TCC offers six Associate degrees to help you achieve your Bachelor’s degree. Each Associate degree is directly transferable to most four-year colleges and institutions in Washington state.

Online Four-Year Degree

TCC recently introduced a new, online four-year Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Information Management degree.

Nationally Recognized and Accredited College

TCC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. This accreditation means that we meet or exceed quality standards for its faculty and curriculum. TCC also has been recognized as a “Top 50” school by Washington Monthly magazine and was listed as one of the top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.

Career Training Programs

We offer an exciting variety of career training programs for those who wish to start a new career to enhance your current position.

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Health Careers
  • Human Services
  • Networking & Cyber Security
  • Paralegal
  • Workforce Education Funding