1Apply to TVCC
Students can apply online through applytexas.org by creating an account, and filling out the "New Student" application through Apply Texas. You will receive a confirmation email upon creating your account, as well as a confirmation that we have received your application for TVCC. A paper application is also available to turn in on any campus, or mail to the registrar's office. Applications submitted online are typically processed within 3-5 business days; however, be aware that during heavy registration times (July, August, and December) turnover may be higher. It is best to apply as early as possible, preferably before the registration period for your starting semester has opened. This allows students ample time to complete the admission process before completing course registration.
Students are welcome to come take a tour of the campus before making application if they would like to learn a little bit more about TVCC!
2Apply for Financial Aid
TVCC recommends all students visit the financial aid department. Whether you qualify for aid through FAFSA, or are a candidate for scholarship, check with financial aid each semester to see what sort of tuition aid might be available to you.
The Financial Aid department can only guarantee processing for students who have submitted their aid requests and documentation by the priority deadline each semester. The priority deadlines for aid processing are:
Spring Session - Nov 1
Summer Sessions - Apr 1
Fall Session - July 1
3Submit your Transcripts
For full admission to TVCC, students must submit a high school or GED transcript, as well as any transcripts from previously attended institutions of higher learning. Typically students are given a one-semester window for receipt of transcripts to the admission office, meaning you may register for your first semester only; subsequent semester registration will be blocked pending transcript receipt. If you are a financial aid recipient though, they will require full transcript receipt before they can disburse any aid.
4Submit your shot record
Texas state law requires all students under the age of 22 to submit documentation of their bacterial meningitis vaccination.
All students new to TVCC must visit with an Academic Advisor prior to their first registration. This meeting may serve as a dual purpose of establishing your degree plan, in addition to your first registration. It is vital to our students' success that we discuss degree plans, career goals, and your academic needs prior to enrollment in courses. There are advisors available on each campus Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Contact your nearest Advisement Center for an appointment, or walk-in anytime.
If you are a distance learner who is unable to visit campus, TVCC advisors are able to meet with you via email. You can begin that process by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; however, advising via email can be a longer process and is suggested to be completed as early as possible to ensure you are able to complete your registration in a timely manner.
6Submit testing (if applicable)
Students wishing to pursue a degree with TVCC should submit testing scores. If you are unsure if you are required to test or submit scoring from a previously taken test, contact the registrar or advisement center. If student testing is required, TVCC gives the TSI (Texas Success Initiative) exam on the Athens, Palestine, and Terrell campuses. Visit the Testing Center for information on the TSI exam schedule, or visit on a Cardinal Cruise Day.
Already sure you'll need to test on campus? Be sure to complete the Pre-Assesment Activity online; print and take your Pre-Assesment Certificate with you on testing day.
Tested already? You can submit your scores to the registrar's office.
Any student who wishes to reside in campus housing during a semester, should contact Housing as early as possible to reserve a dormitory. You will need to complete the following documentation and submit it to TVCC's Housing Department in order to reserve a dorm:
- Room reservation
- Background check release form
- Meal plan selection forms
These documents can be found on the housing page, as well as a downloadable packet containing these forms as well as the general information and FAQs. Payment for dorm deposit and background check must be received with the packet in order to fully make reservation. Dorm rooms are first come first serve.
8Register for Classes
Student registration may occur any time after meeting with an academic advisor; however, if registration is open, students may be registered during their initial advising session if all admissions requirements have been met. New students who have not met their advising requirement will not be able to complete registration.
TVCC understands that many of our students live remotely, or may have work or other obligations that prevent them from being registered on campus during business hours. New student are not usually eligibly for online registration, but the Advisement Centers do offer E-advising. If you feel that you may require E-advising, be sure to complete your E-advising request as early possible to ensure you are able to complete your registration in a timely manner. E-advising requests submitted late in the registration process can not be guaranteed to process before the end of registration.
9Log Into Your Student Portal and Cardinal Email
Now that you are a TVCC student, it is time to familiarize yourself with your My Cardinal Connect student portal and Cardinal Email. The student portal is your resource for most school related tasks, from viewing and accepting your financial aid awards, making tuition payments or installments, registering for classes, and one day applying for your graduation. To log into your TVCC student portal, My Cardinal Connect, you will need your Cardinal ID username. TVCC has compiled instructions on how to log in to your portal for the first time, complete with a way to locate your Cardinal ID username and find your password. Once you have successfully logged in, it is best to take a look around and explore all of the resources and tools you have as a student right at your fingertips.
Your Cardinal Email will use the same log in information as your student portal. TVCC provides students with their own emails so that we may communicate with you securely. Be aware that any communications from TVCC will go this email address; check your Cardinal Email regularly to stay up to date and informed.
Payment for tuition and fees is due usually during the first week of the semester; exact payment due dates can be found on the Schedule of Classes by semester. Be sure to double check your statement through your student portal to ensure any financial aid awarded to you is distributed. There are instructions available for how to set up your tuition payment(s) through your portal.
If you have signed up for housing on campus, be sure to stay alert for these due dates as well.
11Get ID and Books
All students are required to carry their student ID on campus. Student IDs are required for admittance into many school facilities, such as the library, Cardinal Success Center, or our testing centers. TVCC student ID cards can be obtained at the following locations during normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).
Athens - Campus Security, Math/Journalism Building
Palestine - Learning Resource Center
Terrell - Learning Resource Center
Terrell HSC- Please visit the Terrell campus Learning Resource Center
You can acquire a list of your textbooks at the bookstore website; their are instructions available on how to find your textbooks. To purchase your textbooks, visit the TVCC bookstore on the campus that is most convenient for you. If you are enrolling in a campus-specific course, be sure to call ahead and ensure that your required textbooks are available.
TVCC has several locations as well as an abundance of online courses available through Distance Learning. Good luck with your first semester!