Mar 03, 2024  
2023-24 Technical College of the Lowcountry Catalog/Student Handbook 
    
2023-24 Technical College of the Lowcountry Catalog/Student Handbook

Student Handbook



Part 1: Admissions Part 6: Academic Support and Resources
Part 2: Registration Part 7: Academic Processes and Regulations
Part 3: Tuition and Fees Part 8: Clubs and Organizations
Part 4: Financial Aid Part 9: Campus Safety and Security
Part 5: Military and Veteran Resources Part 10: Student Code and Institutional Complaint Process


Part 1: Admissions


Admission  New Student Registration Residency International Students Residents over 60 Years of Age    Assessment and Course Placement

Student Classifications


Admission

The College is an open admissions institution, serving the educational needs of all who can benefit from its courses and programs while fulfilling the South Carolina Technical Education System’s educational mission and the College vision. The faculty, staff, and administration are dedicated to helping applicants reach their educational goals. An open admissions policy does not eliminate entrance requirements. These requirements are enforced to enhance student success.

For most programs, applicants will:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age, possess a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent, or meet requirements for other special admission procedures as detailed in procedure 4-1-401.11
  2. Submit a completed TCL Application.
  3. Submit official high school or GED transcripts to the Admissions office for review. Students are encouraged to submit all college transcripts before registration, but no later than the first semester to ensure accurate and timely evaluation.
  4. Provide proof of residency and citizenship.
  5. Meet other requirements for programs with special admissions requirements.  

Some programs such as Nursing, Radiologic Technology, and Cosmetology, have additional admissions requirements. While other programs may not require official high school or GED transcripts. Please refer to the specific program for a list of requirements, or contact an Admissions representative.

New Student Registration

Registration for courses may be completed at the Beaufort Mather, New River, Hampton H. Mungin Center, and Culinary Institute of the South campuses, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island, or online using Navigate. A schedule of classes entitled Catalog / Course Search and the dates and times for registration can be found at www.tcl.edu. The College reserves the right to adjust the published course schedule or cancel any class. The student is officially enrolled when the requirements of registration are completed, including the payment of tuition and fees.

Step 1: Submit Admissions Application

New transfer students and students returning to TCL after a 12-month absence must submit a completed Admissions application. Begin the application process at www.tcl.edu/apply.

Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

Students should complete the federal government’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. TCL’s school code is 009910. Though financial aid qualifications vary, students must complete the FAFSA to be eligible for federal and state financial aid including the SC Lottery Tuition Assistance program.

Step 3: Admissions Checklist

Review the Admissions Checklist to ensure required documentation has been submitted.

Step 4: Set up Your Navigate and TCL Email Accounts

Students should activate their TCL Email and Navigate accounts immediately. Activation instructions may be found at www.tcl.edu/social If you need assistance, contact the Help Desk at 843-525-8344.

Step 5: Register for New Student Orientation

Complete the online New Student Orientation.

Step 6: Meet with Your Navigator & Register for Classes

Navigators assist new students with course placement and registration. To make an advising appointment with your Navigator download the Navigate app on your mobile device or visit https://tcl.campus.eab.com/ to schedule an appointment with your Navigator today.  

Step 7: Review Schedule and Fee Statement

Students review their course schedules in the Navigate app and fee statement using Self Service.

Step 8: Pay Tuition and Fees

Check, cash, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express may be used for payment. Pay online at https://selfservice.tcl.edu. Mail a check to Business Office, TCL, PO Box 1288, Beaufort, SC 29901-1288. Payments are accepted in the Cashier’s Office located in Bldg. 3 on the Beaufort Mather campus or Hampton campus. 

Step 9: Obtain Student ID and Parking Pass

Student ID card and free parking decal are available from Student Records, Bldg. 2 on the Beaufort Campus, at The HUB at the New River Campus, and the front desk at the Hampton Campus. License plate number and expiration date are required for parking decals.

Step 10: Textbooks

Reserve textbooks and purchase necessary supplies at the College Store, located in MacLean Hall/Bldg. 12 on the Beaufort Mather campus, or place an online order at www.tcl.edu/bookstore. Online orders will be shipped to the student’s home.

Residency

The residency policy governing tuition at the College complies with the South Carolina Code of Laws 59-112 in determining tuition and fees to be paid by students in attendance.

  • The student must have resided in South Carolina for the past twelve continuous months and abandoned all prior domiciles immediately preceding the first day of classes of the term.
  • The burden of residency proof rests with the student. If the student is dependent, the burden of proof resides with the parent or guardian.
  • Persons who have resided in the State of South Carolina for less than 12 months but are employed full-time, or part-time employment with access to benefits, within the state may be considered South Carolina residents for tuition and fee purposes. Residents with full-time employment, or part-time employment with access to benefits, may be asked to provide proof in subsequent semesters.
  • All new and re-admit students applying to TCL who wish to claim South Carolina residency for tuition and fee purposes MUST complete the residency certification section of the admissions application and present all requested documents to the Admissions Office.
  • SC Code of Laws 59-112 does not apply to persons or their spouses if they are in South Carolina primarily as students. Active duty military personnel who are permanently assigned in South Carolina on active duty and their dependents are considered South Carolina residents for tuition and fee purposes.
  • Students requesting residency exceptions including but not limited to the Employment or Military exception are ineligible for state grants until residency has been established for not less than 12 months. Students who wish to appeal their status must complete the Residency Reclassification form and present all supporting documents to the Residency Coordinator for consideration. Students will be notified within 10 business days of their residency classification.
  • Verification of Residence is needed when there appears to be an inconsistency in the information provided, additional documentation will be required. The residency of each applicant is determined from the information provided to the college by the applicant. Applicants who provide sufficient documentation proving that the residence requirement has been met will be classified as in-state or out-of-area. Copies of documents required for the determination of residency are retained in the applicant’s file.

International Students

When an International student arrives on campus, they must make an appointment with the College U.S. Immigration Designated Official by calling the Admissions Office at 843-525-8207.

Citizens of foreign countries who enter the U.S. as non-immigrants fall into one of approximately 35 visa status categories. International applicants who wish to study at The College generally fall into an F-1 student status and enter the U.S. on a student visa. An F-1 student at another college may transfer to The College. To be accepted as an F-1 student, the applicant must:

  • Submit a certified English translation of high school records and any applicable college-level transcripts. These documents should be presented to The College in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution.
  • If English is not the primary language, submit test results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 500 or successful completion of the placement test.
  • Return the financial statement indicating sufficient funds available to meet academic and living expenses for the duration of study at The College. NOTE: The College is a commuter school; therefore, the College does not provide lodging or transportation.
  • Complete and submit the online admissions application at www.tcl.edu/apply.
  • Send an advance deposit of tuition for two semesters in US dollars.
  • Be considered a full-time student during Spring and Fall Terms.

South Carolina Residents 60 Years of Age

South Carolina Act 1218 of 1974: Legal residents of South Carolina who are 60 years of age or older may attend classes for credit or audit purposes on a space-available basis without the required payment of tuition, provided that the following criteria are met:

The individual must meet course admissions requirements and complete an admission application.

The class must have met the minimum class size required, excluding senior citizen enrollment and the class size must be below the maximum size.

Individuals choosing to enroll as a College regular student will not receive a refund should they choose later to apply as a senior citizen.

Senior citizen student registration occurs during the last week of open registration before the start of a semester. There is no charge for tuition but, college fees still apply. Seniors are responsible for purchasing textbooks and all other materials or supplies required for courses. Courses offered through the Continuing Education Division do not apply to this statute. 

Assessment and Course Placement

A student applying for admission to TCL’s associate degree, diploma, or certificate programs, or to enroll in pre-gateway courses may be required to take the Accuplacer placement test which includes writing, reading, and mathematics components. Accommodations will be made for students with documented disabilities.

The placement test helps to ensure that students are academically prepared and the test scores determine which level of course work can be entered. Based on placement test scores, students will be advised to enroll in courses appropriate for their college readiness level, these courses may include one or more pre-gateway or transitional courses. If the reading score indicates that a reading course is needed, it must be taken in the first semester at the College. Multiple measures may provide students with an exemption from all or part of the placement test. To be considered for a multiple measures exemption student will provide the college with evidence of:

  • Successful completion of MAT 110 - College Algebra or equivalent and/or in ENG 101 - English Composition I or equivalent course(s) as verified with a grade of “C” or better documented on an official college transcript/s.
  • Qualifying SAT or ACT scores for placement into appropriate college-level mathematics and English courses if taken within SAT five (5) years and ACT seven (7) years of admittance. The writing and reading components of the placement test may be exempted with SAT scores of at least 480 or ACT English component scores of 18 or above. The mathematics component of the placement test may be exempted with SAT mathematics score of at least 440 or an ACT math component score of 22 or above.
  • An earned associate’s or bachelor’s degree from an approved college or university.
  • Have enrolled as a career development student and are not pursuing a degree, diploma, or certificate and meet the prerequisites of the course(s) in which they plan to enroll.
  • Have enrolled in a certificate program that does not require placement testing.
  • The College recognizes College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Examinations, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Each of these alternative assessments provides an opportunity for students with knowledge and experience in a subject to obtain course credit without completing the equivalent college class/es. CLEP and DANTES exams are available through TCL. To learn more about these exams, applicants should contact the Navigator/admissions counselor.
Student Assessment Requirements
  • Applicants may retake the assessment three (3) days after the completion of the first administration. A one-week wait is strongly recommended.
  • Contact the Testing Center regarding retesting at 843 470-8400 or Student Services at the New River campus at 843 470-6002.
  • Students currently attending developmental courses may not retest.
  • Placement test scores are valid for three years from the date of administration and may be transferred from an approved institution within this timeframe.
  • The most recent scores are considered to be the official scores.

Student Classifications

Career Development/Non-Degree Seeking

A Non-Degree/Career Development Seeking student is an applicant not pursuing an associate degree, diploma, or certificate but who would like to take curriculum courses for personal advancement or occupational upgrade. Applicants must meet the basic requirements, complete the admissions process, pay the application fee, and meet with a Navigator or faculty advisor to discuss enrollment in courses. And, when applicable, meet all standard pre-requisite requirements before enrollment.

Non-Degree/Career Development Seeking students earning 12 or more credit hours must meet requirements to enter a curriculum program or obtain a waiver from the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Career Development/Non-Degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.

Continuing

A continuing student enrolls in sequential semesters excluding the summer semester.

Dual Enrollment

A Dual Enrollment Student dual enrollment student is an applicant who is concurrently enrolled in High school and The College. This requires a special agreement between three parties: The College, the parent or guardian, and the principal or guidance counselor of the school or agency where the applicant is attending. Application and more information can be found online at www.tcl.edu/ECCO.

Full-Time/Part-Time

Full-time students are students who are in an associate degree, diploma, or certificate program and who enroll in a minimum of 12 semester credit hours per semester, regardless of semester length or other restrictions. Part-time students are students who are in an associate degree, diploma, or certificate program and who enroll in a maximum of 11 semester credit hours.

In-state /Out-of-state/Out-of-service-area

An In-state/Out-of-state/Out-of-Service-Area student is classified based on an analysis of their residency documentation. Documentation to verify identity, residency status, proof of citizenship, or legal presence status will be submitted to the Admissions Office via email residency@tcl.edu or in person.

International

International students are those non-citizens or non-permanent residents of the United States who hold or who are applying for student visa category F for admission to the college’s credit programs. International students holding other visas should consult with the International Student Advisor for admission information.

Military

A military student is a member/dependent of the Armed Forces as defined by the Veterans Administration.

Readmit

A Readmit Student is an applicant who has not attended The College within the last three semesters. The student must complete a new application to activate and update their file. Readmit students may be required to take, or retake, the placement test.

Senior Citizen

A Senior Citizen Student is a legal resident of South Carolina who has attained the age of 60 and is not employed full-time. A Senior Citizen Student may attend classes by the SC Code of Laws. There is no charge for tuition though college fees still apply.

Students with Disability-ADA

A student with a disability is defined as a student with an emotional, intellectual, or physical disabling condition, which requires assistance to access the educational environment, or as students who have been identified, assessed, and determined to be eligible for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. 

Transfer

A transfer student has previously earned college credit from an accredited post-secondary or higher education institution. Official college transcripts must be submitted to the Admissions office for transfer status.

Transient

A transient student is enrolled at another post-secondary or higher education institution and takes classes at The College to transfer credits back to the other institution. Students should contact the Financial Aid office at their home institution to determine aid eligibility. Transient students are not eligible for financial aid at The College. A transient form must be obtained from the home institution and submitted to Student Records.

Veteran

A veteran was a member of the Armed Forces as defined by the Veterans Administration.



Part 2: Registration


Registration and Financial Responsibility  Residency Advanced Standing and Transfer Credit

The College informs students of the date, time, and place to make appointments for advisement and registration through the registration guide, website, classroom announcements, and the media. All students are expected to schedule an appointment with their Navigator or faculty advisor before the start of each semester to monitor program progress and plan for the subsequent semester. Students are advised and then required to use Navigate to register for classes. Registration is on a space-available basis, so early registration is recommended. 

Registration and Financial Responsibility

Students are required to register according to the published registration schedule for each semester in which they plan to enroll. Registration and payment of fees must be made following instructions and deadlines published by the College. Registration for classes incurs a financial commitment to the College. If a student decides not to attend the College or any of the courses for which he/she registered, action must be taken to cancel the schedule before the first day of the semester to avoid being responsible for all or a portion of your tuition and fees.

Step 1: If You Haven’t Already, Apply for Financial Aid

Financial Aid qualifications vary. All students should complete the federal government’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. TCL’s school code is 009910. You must complete the FAFSA for all financial aid including the SC Lottery Tuition Assistance program. Follow-up with Financial Aid by emailing financialaid@tcl.edu.

Navigators assist new students with course registration. To make an advising appointment with your Navigator download the Navigate app on your mobile device or visit https://tcl.campus.eab.com/ to schedule an appointment with your Navigator today.  

Step 2: Review Schedule and Fee Statement

Students review their course schedules in the Navigate app and fee statement using Self Service.

Step 3: Pay Tuition and Fees

Check, cash, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express may be used for payment. Pay online at https://selfservice.tcl.edu. Mail a check to Business Office, TCL, PO Box 1288, Beaufort, SC 29901-1288. Payments are accepted in the Cashier’s Office located in Bldg. 3 on the Beaufort Mather campus or Hampton campus. 

Step 4: Textbooks 

Reserve textbooks and purchase necessary supplies at the College Store, located in MacLean Hall/Bldg. 12 on the Beaufort Mather campus, or place an online order at www.tcl.edu/bookstore. Online orders will be shipped to the student’s home.

Residency

The residency policy governing tuition at the College complies with the South Carolina Code of Laws 59-112 in determining tuition and fees to be paid by students in attendance. Learn more about the Residency policy.

Advanced Standing and Transfer Credit

Under certain conditions, advanced placement may be granted. The College may grant advanced placement or credit for courses in which the student has demonstrated satisfactory achievement through credit-by-exam or experiential credit as documented by submission of equivalent course work on official transcripts, official test scores, and/or portfolio review. Students must complete a minimum of 25 percent of the credit hours required for a degree, diploma, or certificate program at TCL. This minimum must be met by coursework taken at the College and does not include credits granted from experiential learning, credit by examination, advanced placement, military Joint Service Transcript, or transfer.

Credit-by-Examination 

Credit-by-examination allows students to demonstrate evidence of course, or equivalent mastery if a student cannot receive transfer credit. An appropriate examination, written report, or demonstration will be needed as evidence of content mastery.  A student is not able to seek credit-by-examination for the same course that has been unsuccessfully attempted or failed previously. Credit by examination shall be limited to a maximum of 30 semester hours of credit. Credit-by-examination may be earned through two methods:

1. Standardized tests including:

• CLEP (College Level Examination Program) and DANTES subject tests will be accepted with examination scores meeting or exceeding the approved scores recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE).

• USAFI (United States Armed Forces Institute) coursework will be accepted if a grade of “C” or better is earned and for which an equivalent is recommended by the American Council on Education.

• Advanced Placement (AP) Tests will be accepted for scores of 3 or higher on tests for which the College offers equivalent courses.

Official transcripts or records of exam scores must be on file at the College before credit is granted. Scores must be within five years of matriculation or if college-level course work was successfully completed then the scores may be used to award credit.

2. Credit by Challenge Exam (Local): With the approval of the appropriate academic Division Dean, a course or selected courses offered by the college can be challenged for credit by examination by a currently enrolled student, who has declared a major. Division Deans give approval based on demonstrated experience such as a significant accumulation of non-credit courses in an appropriate field or significant on-the-job experience in a field related to the course being challenged. A student who is approved to take a challenge examination must pay a fee equivalent to one-half the current charge for the course being challenged before taking the exam.

Experiential Learning

The College recognizes that learning is a lifelong process that may occur in any number of settings in Admissions, Assessment, Registration addition to the classroom. It is the policy of the College to formally recognize such experience or nontraditional learning and its subsequent translation into usable college-equivalent credits. College procedures will ensure that adequate documentation of learning experiences is provided by the student before the awarding of any academic credit to be recorded on the College’s official records. All procedures for awarding experiential credit will reflect the current approved practices and guidelines stipulated by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Military students apply for experiential credit through the admissions office. Other students should apply for such credit in Student Records or with an academic advisor, bringing certificates of completion, school records, or other available documentation. Credit may be also granted for military training and fork completed at proprietary schools, such as business colleges, art schools, and beauty colleges. Such credit generally applies only to a vocational program. The student is notified of the credit granted, and a record is kept in the student’s file.

Apprenticeship Experiential Credit

The College recognizes that learning is a lifelong process that may occur in any number of settings in addition to the classroom. It is the policy of the College to formally recognize such experience or nontraditional learning and its subsequent translation into usable college-equivalent credits. Credit is granted to skilled craft workers who have completed a standard South Carolina apprenticeship program and for related training. College procedures will ensure that adequate documentation of learning experiences is provided by the student before the awarding of any academic credit to be recorded on the College’s official records. All procedures for awarding experiential credit will reflect the current approved practices and guidelines stipulated by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Military students apply for experiential credit through the admissions office. Other students should apply for such credit in Student Records or with an academic advisor, bringing certificates of completion, school records, or other available documentation. The student is notified of the credit granted, and a record is kept in the student’s file.

Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services

The College recognizes the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Military Guide for credit recommendations for formal courses and occupations offered by all branches of the military. Students may request their Joint Service Transcript (JST) through the JST portal and may submit JSTs to the admissions counselor. Students should submit Joint Service Transcripts early in the application process to avoid registering for a course for which experiential credit could be granted. The Registrar’s Office reviews Joint Service Transcripts to determine credits applicable to the student’s declared program of study. Following review, the Registrar’s office will enter the approved credits on the student’s official transcript. A copy of the Joint Service Transcript and the results of the credit recommendation is kept in the student’s record. There is no fee for the evaluation of Joint Service Transcripts.

Transfer Credit

The College accepts credits earned from colleges and universities with a Department of Education recognized accreditation. Each course is evaluated based on course content and credit hour value. Only course grades of “C” or better will be accepted and such courses must parallel the content of The College’s course(s). Following transcript evaluation, transfer credits will be posted on the student’s TCL transcript which may be viewed in Self-Service at https://selfservice.tcl.edu/.  



Part 3: Tuition and Fees


Tuition Fees and Other Expenses Cost of Attendance  Financial Responsibility  The College Store

Tuition*

  • Rates per semester hour are $214 for residents in the TCL Service Area, which consists of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties.
  • Rates per semester hour are $239 for Non-Service areas and $445 for Out-of-State and international students.

Tuition for courses offered through the Continuing Education Division varies per course.

A student who registers for classes at the College is financially responsible for all associated tuition and fees. 

*Tuition rates, fees, and refunds are subject to change without prior notice. All fees are non-refundable. For current tuition information consult the TCL website at www.tcl.edu.

Fees and Other Expenses*

General Course Fee

$15

Per Credit Hour

Tech Course Fee

$20

Per Credit Hour

Diploma Replacement Fee

$25

Due when reorder request is submitted

Dishonored Check Fee

$35

Applies to each dishonored check

Experiential Credit Fee

$35

Due before evaluation of learning

Registration Fee

$50

Per semester

Non-Payment Penalty Fee

$25

Per semester

Transcript Fee (Non-Parchment orders)

$15

Due upon request

CLEP/Dantes

$25

Due before test

First Day Complete Book Program

$22/credit hour

/semester

Program Specific Fees

Background Check Fee

$99

All HS Programs

Nursing Testing Fees/Materials

$685

Nursing

Culinary

$70

All Culinary Lab Courses

Physical Therapist Assistant Exam Fee

$45

Physical Therapist Assistant

Exam Prep Materials

$275

Physical Therapist Assistant

Rad Tech Testing Review #1

$167

Radiologic Technology

Rad Tech Testing Review #2

$80

Radiologic Technology

Surgical Cert. Test

$190

Surgical Technology

TEAS

$65

Health Science Applicants

A High-Cost Course Fee may be applied to certain classes to offset the expense of consumables, laboratory equipment, software, and additional instruction. These rates vary by course and program.

Transcripts Costs

Transcript requests must be submitted online. No transcript is released without the student’s written permission or if the student has outstanding financial accounts with the College. A $15 fee is charged for each transcript ordered at the College. Transcripts may be ordered through Parchment at the cost of $8.  TCL can only release transcripts on credit earned at TCL.

Dishonored Checks

Any student presenting a check to the College that is returned by the bank will be charged a $35 processing fee for each dishonored check. Presentation of fraudulent checks is a criminal act and will be considered a violation of the Student Code. No personal checks will be accepted from students who have presented two dishonored checks in the previous three years. Students who pay with dishonored or fraudulent checks will be required to pay all fees and collection charges to the Beaufort County Solicitor’s Office.

Cost of Attendance

College cost, which is sometimes referred to as the Cost of Attendance (COA), includes both direct and indirect costs. Students are advised to review their budgets and make financial plans. Financial aid is available to assist with the cost of attendance. A student may not receive financial aid monies over the cost of attendance.

Direct Costs at the Technical College of the Lowcountry

Direct costs are billed to the student by the College, such as tuition and fees. Tuition is set based on a semester credit hour charge. For example, a full-time student enrolled in four (4) classes (3 credit hours per class) will be charged for 12 credit hours and associated course fees. 

Indirect Costs while attending The Technical College of the Lowcountry

Indirect costs are the costs that don’t show up on the student’s College bill, including school supplies, and travel, as well as personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, food, and room and board.

Five Basic Cost Components TCL uses to determine your Cost of Attendance (COA) for Federal Student Aid Purposes

  1. Tuition and Fees - Direct Cost: These are the charges associated with a college education which may vary based on the academic program and the number of semester credit hours. The tuition and fee charges will appear on the bill. The College’s COA will represent the average tuition and fees for a student.
  2. Books and Supplies - Indirect Cost: This expense covers course materials. The College’s Books and Supplies component will represent the average cost for a student. Books and supplies may be charged against a student’s financial aid awards at the Campus Store before the start of the semester.
  3. Room and Board - Indirect Cost: The College does not have on-campus housing so it is necessary for students to estimate these expenses.
  4. Personal Expenses - Indirect Cost: The costs for things like laundry and telephone fall under personal expenses. Keep careful track of these as they can quickly build up.
  5. Transportation - Indirect Cost: Transportation is added to COA and represents a student’s average cost for transportation.

Disclaimer: Content is subject to change without notice because of changing federal, state, or institutional policies. All financial aid awards are contingent upon the availability of funds and the student’s final eligibility determination.

The following are average* costs of attendance for a full-time student attending both the Fall and Spring Terms of the 2022-23 school year (9-month budget for Fall and Spring):

 

SC Resident Living Independently

SC Resident Out-of-Area Living Independently

Non-SC Resident Out of State Tuition**

Tuition & Fees

5,476

6,076

11,020

Books & Supplies

528

528

528

Room & Board

6,600

6,600

6,600

Transportation & Personal Expenses

4,870

6,527

6,527***

Total 9 Months Budget

17,850

20,107***

25,387***

 

* The average expenses are estimated based on the local cost of living information for use in calculating financial aid eligibility. Individual expenses vary based on your choice of lifestyle and living arrangements.

** Non-South Carolina Residents include out-of-state students and international students.

***This cost of attendance is subject to revision after the catalog is published. Please check online at http://www.tcl.edu/financial-aid for updates and additions to the Cost of Attendance.

Fees not included in the cost of attendance chart as listed above include program-specific fees, courses having high course cost fees, insurance fees, etc. Fees and billing are handled by the Business Office and information on specific course fees can be located at http://www.tcl.edu/tuition-fees.

Average Total Costs

2023 Fall Semester

Tuition (assuming 12 credit hours)     $2,568

Registration, Capital & Tecj Fees       $170

Total (Approximate)*                          $2,738

*Tuition and fees subject to change

Financial Responsibility

Registration for classes incurs a financial commitment to the College. Students will complete registration and payment of tuition and fees by the instructions, and deadlines, published by the College. Failure to make payment by the published deadline can result in an additional non-payment fee.  If a student decides not to attend the College or any of the courses for which they are registered, the student must cancel the enrollment/registration before the first day of the semester to avoid being responsible for all, or a portion of, the incurred tuition and fees.

Payment of Tuition/Fees

Tuition and fee payments may be made at the following locations: Beaufort Mather Campus, New River Campus, or online at https://selfservice.tcl.edu. Payments are to be made by cash, check, debit card, American Express, MasterCard, or Visa credit card (identification required). Payment by check is not permitted for students with a prior history of dishonored checks.

Bank card charges are subject to receipt of authorization from the banking institution.

A tuition payment plan administered by the College is available. See www.tcl.edu/pay-your-bill for more information.

Students whose tuition and fees are paid by a sponsoring agency or employer must contact the Business Office and submit the required documentation before registration

Refund Policy

Tuition refunds will be made by the College’s refund policies. Students must complete course add/drop or withdrawal procedures to be considered eligible for a refund. Refunds for terms that vary in length from the semester term will be prorated in proportion to the semester schedule. 

 

100% Refund Seven (7) calendar days

50% Refund 8th - 21st calendar day of the term

0% Refund After the 21st day of the term

Tuition Refund for Students Called to Active Military Service

Military students who are currently on active duty and are deployed in emergencies to serve under unplanned conditions that would necessitate an interruption in their studies are eligible for tuition refund or credits. Active military students with orders in a given semester should contact Student Records at 843-525-8311.

Deregister

Each registration period has specific payment deadlines for tuition and fees. If a student does not meet the payment deadline, the student will be removed (deregistered) from the class roster for those classes. The fee payment deadlines apply to all students, including those on Financial Aid. After the published payment deadline, deregistration is at the College’s discretion. Students wishing to be removed from class must do so before the first day of class.

Financial Aid & Responsibility and Drop/Withdrawal

It is the student’s responsibility to drop/withdraw from any class. The student is financially responsible for tuition and fees resulting from the drop/withdrawal. Dropping or withdrawing from a class may impact a student’s financial aid award or Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Before dropping or withdrawing from any course(s), students must check with the Financial Aid Office to ascertain how financial aid status/award will be impacted. Students who receive Title IV financial aid “earn” their aid by successfully attending class. Students are not eligible for financial aid in classes that they have “not attended. Financial aid is not fully earned until the completion of 60% of the course term. Students who completely withdraw from the College before this date will owe the College and/or the US Department of Education for the amount of unearned aid. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.

The College Store

The TCL College Store stocks required textbooks, reference books, school supplies, snacks/beverages, and novelty products including clothing and bookbags.  Purchases may be made in person or online

First Day Complete

The College participates in Barnes & Noble College’s textbook model “First Day Complete” Program. This program provides students access to all required textbooks, lab manuals, electronic book versions, and access codes for a flat rate of $22.00 per credit hour. This fee is added to the student account at registration and can be paid for with Financial Aid. This program ensures that students have the required course materials on the first day of class. Refer to the First Day Complete for details.

Return Policy*

Textbooks

  • A full refund will be given in your original form of payment if textbooks are returned during the first week of classes with the original receipt.
  • With proof of a schedule change and original receipt, a full refund will be given in your original form of payment during the first 30 days of classes.
  • No refunds on unwrapped loose-leaf books or shrink-wrapped titles which do not have the wrapping intact.
  • No refunds on Digital Content once accessed.
  • Textbooks must be in original condition.
  • No refunds or exchanges without original receipt.

General Reading Books, Nook® Devices, Software, Audio, Video & Small Electronics

  • A full refund will be given in your original form of payment if merchandise is returned within 14 days of purchase with the original receipt in original packaging.
  • Opened software, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, music, and small electronics may not be returned. They can be exchanged for the same item if defective.
  • Merchandise must be in original condition.
  • No refunds or exchanges without original receipt.

All Other Merchandise

  • A full refund will be given in your original form of payment with the original receipt.
  • Without a receipt, a store credit will be issued at the current selling price.
  • Cash back on merchandise credits or gift cards will not exceed $1.
  • No refunds on gift cards, prepaid cards, phone cards, newspapers, or magazines.
  • Merchandise must be in original condition.

*Return policies are subject to change, current return policies may be found at tcl.edu/collegestore.



Part 4: Financial Aid


Financial Aid Overview Federal Financial Assistance Programs State Financial Assistance Programs Local Financial Assistance Programs

 

The mission of the Financial Aid Office (FAO) is to support the College’s Mission and Core Values by providing students and their families funding options to assist students with meeting college costs to reach their educational goals. These funding options provide support through various federal, state, and local programs and follow all regulatory requirements as defined by law.

The Financial Aid Office is part of the Student Affairs Division.

Students wanting to be considered for financial aid eligibility, including all scholarships, grants, and loans, must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA at www.fafsa.govTCL’s Federal School Code is 009910. This allows the TCL Financial Aid Office the ability to be able to receive your FAFSA. To maximize the amount of funding consideration, students should apply early and apply every year. The FAFSA is typically available on October 1st of each year for the upcoming academic year.  2020 tax information will be used to complete the FASFA application for the 2022-2023 Academic Year. The College’s normal priority submission date is the last day of May.  Priority deadlines are set to process and prepare financial aid packages before the fee payment deadline. Please be sure to check the College website for financial aid and other important deadlines.

For assistance in completing the FAFSA, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800- 4FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). Additional contact options are available at www.fafsa.gov under “FAFSA HELP.” Additional assistance is available at the College’s Financial Aid Offices. Campus computers are available for use at no charge for individuals wishing to complete the FAFSA application.

Most Commonly Needed Information to Complete the 2022-2023 Financial Aid Process:

  • All 2020 W2 and 1099 Statements, Federal Income Tax transcripts from the IRS 
  • A copy of Leave and Earning Statement (LES) (for military and their dependents)
  • Information on child support payments received/paid (voluntary or court order)
  • Social Security benefits information (1099s or monthly statement notification)
  • Proof of other family members in the household attending college
  • Statement of unemployment benefits
  • Proof of child support paid
  • Proof of SNAP benefits

Financial assistance awards are used to pay student account balances first. Any remaining awards will be disbursed according to a schedule provided by the Business Office and in accordance with Federal Title IV regulations. All financial aid refunds are electronically sent through BankMobile or mailed to the address on file. Please make sure your contact information is up to date. Students are responsible for the payment of funds owed to the College, regardless if anticipated financial assistance is received. If students are registered for classes not required for graduation in their major or courses are not otherwise covered, the student is responsible for tuition and fees owed.

Financial aid packages are composed of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study employment. Determination of eligibility through needs analysis (i.e. the FAFSA) must be completed before financial aid can be awarded. The College participates in the following programs.

Federal Pell Grant* Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants
Federal Work Study* Veterans Education Program
William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program* South Carolina Need-Based Grant Program
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant* (FSEOG) LIFE Scholarship
Academic Competitiveness Grant* South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance
TCL Future Alumni Scholarship SC National Guard College Assistance
SC WINS *Title IV Aid

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for federally funded Title IV programs and many state aid programs, the student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be admitted or enrolled in an eligible program of study.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined by the federal government.
  • Not be in default or owe a repayment on any loan program or other Title IV programs.
  • Demonstrate financial need according to the federally approved system of needs analysis.
  • Demonstrate ability to benefit from educational training.
  • Submit all documents requested by the Financial Aid Office to verify eligibility.

Financial Assistance Programs - Federal

Title IV Federal Programs, provide financial assistance to post-secondary/college students through grants, loans, or work-study opportunities. These programs are based on financial need as assessed by federal government regulations. Many grants have limited funding. Applying early and submitting all required documents is essential.

The grants listed are administered by TCL based on the guidelines set for each program by the US Department of Education and Title IV Regulations.


Federal Pell Grant Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants Federal Work Study Program
Subsidized Federal Direct Education Loan Unsubsidized Federal Family Education Loan Parent Loan
Alternative Loans

Federal Pell Grant

The Pell Grant is a need-based federal entitlement grant for students who are seeking their first undergraduate degree and whose Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) ranges from 0 to 5,711. The annual award amount is determined by your EFC and enrollment status. The maximum scheduled award is $6,345.

Students who establish eligibility and have not exceeded their lifetime eligibility limits (LEU) will be funded. All documents needed to establish eligibility must be received before the published financial aid priority deadlines to ensure payment is available before the College’s tuition and fee payment deadlines. Students who have not completed documentation before the payment deadline should make alternative payment arrangements, such as the College’s flexible payment plan. Students may submit paperwork through the last date of enrollment, or June 30th of the award year, whichever comes first. Initial awards are estimated based on the results of the FAFSA and are based on a full-time enrollment calculation.

Estimates may change if any criteria are used to determine your eligibility, such as program of study, degree status, SAP status, and income or family information changes. You may receive coverage only for courses that are required for graduation in your program of study and of those a maximum of 30 credit hours of required college-preparatory coursework. Final payment will not be determined until after class attendance has been confirmed, seventeen days (17) days after the first day of class. Students registered for mini-mester classes will not receive their full Pell Grant payments until their last class has begun. The amount paid to you from the Federal Pell Grant will be prorated if you enroll for fewer than 12 credit hours in a given term or if you take courses outside your program of study. You must begin attending all of your classes on the first day. If you are withdrawn for non-attendance before the actual payment of Pell Grant funds, you are not eligible to receive federal funding. Please make sure you check your Self-Service account regularly as this may leave you with a balance owed to the college.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

This is a need-based federal grant awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to students seeking a first undergraduate degree in an eligible program and who also have exceptional financial need. Priority is given to students with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of “0.” Initial awards are estimated based on the results of the FAFSA and assume full-time enrollment status. Estimates may change if any criteria are used to determine your eligibility changes. Actual payment will not be determined until after the add/drop period has ended and classes have begun. The amount paid to you from the FSEOG will be prorated if you enroll for fewer than 12 credit hours in a given term. Students with less than a half-time enrollment will not be eligible for the award. You must attend all of your class(es) on the first day of each term. If you are withdrawn for non-attendance before the actual payment of FSEOG funds, payment for the withdrawn class(es) will not be made.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants

A student whose parent or guardian died as a result of U.S. military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001, may receive increased FSA funds if at the time of the parent or guardian’s death the student was either less than 24 years old or was enrolled in college.

If the student is ineligible for a Pell grant only because his EFC is too high, he may receive an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. As with Pell Grants, there is a receipt limit of 12 semesters (600% LEU in COD), and this limitation is not limited to students who received their first Pell Grant on or after July 1, 2008, as was the previous limit of 18 semesters or equivalent. Payments are adjusted for students enrolled less than full-time.

Federal Work Study Program

This is a limited funding federal work program for students with financial need. You may be employed on one of our campuses, or as a reading tutor in a local public school or library. As a work study employee, you may work up to 15 hours per week and earn at least minimum wage, up to the amount of your financial need. You may be offered work study as part of your overall award; however, if it was not included, you may inquire about your eligibility by visiting TCL’s Financial Aid office.

How will I receive a job assignment?

Work study awards are part of your overall financial aid package. Instructions and applications to apply can be found online at www.tcl.edu/financial-aid/forms. If selected for a position, the Work Study Assistant will contact you to complete the remaining assignment documents. You will need to bring your Social Security Card and proof of citizenship or eligibility to work in the U.S. with you to your meeting.

How will I receive payment for my Federal Work Study Award?

You will be paid by the TCL Payroll Department twice a month based on the timesheet you and your supervisor submit to the Payroll. You will receive a packet of information about this process when your assignment documents are completed.

Community Service Learning (CSL) Program

As part of the Federal Work Study Program (FWS), students may be placed in community service work settings. Community service includes support services for students with disabilities, mentoring, welfare, and social services.

William D. Ford Direct Loan Program -Federal Direct Stafford Student Loans

TCL students are eligible to participate in the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program. There are three programs: the Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan, the Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan, and the Parent Plus Loan for Undergraduate Dependent Students (PLUS). Federal Direct Education Loans are established and supported by the federal government, and the Department of Education serves as the lender.

All Federal Stafford Education Loans must be repaid. To receive any loan, you must complete the FAFSA. You must also enroll in at least 6 credit hours required for your program of study each term. 

Subsidized Federal Direct Education Loan

This loan requires an unmet financial need. The federal government will pay the interest while you are enrolled in school, and you must begin repaying the loan plus interest beginning 6 months after you leave school or drop to less than half-time status. You must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per term. Students with fewer than 30 credits toward their current program at the time of application may borrow up to $3,500 per year in Subsidized loan funds or the amount of unmet financial need, whichever is less. Students with 30 credits or more toward their current program at the time of application may borrow up to $4,500 per year in Subsidized loan funds or the amount of unmet financial need, whichever is less.

Note: New law has eliminated the interest subsidy provided during the six-month grace period for subsidized loans for which the first disbursement is made on or after July 1, 2012, and before July 1, 2014. If you receive a subsidized loan during this timeframe, you will be responsible for the interest that accrues while your loan is in the grace period. This provision does not eliminate the interest subsidy while the borrower is in school or during eligible periods of deferment.

Time Limit on Direct Subsidized Loans

First-time borrowers on or after July 1, 2013, will have a limit on the maximum period (measured in academic years) that you can receive Direct Subsidized Loans. This time limit does not apply to Direct Unsubsidized Loans or Direct PLUS Loans. If this limit applicable, the student may not receive Direct Subsidized Loans for more than 150 percent of the published program length, often referred to as “maximum eligibility period.” Maximum eligibility period is based on the published length of the student’s current program. Published program lengths are in the academic sections of this catalog.

For example, a student enrolled in a four-year bachelor’s degree program, the maximum period for which Direct Subsidized Loans can be received is 6 years (150 percent of 4 years = 6 years or 4 x 1.5 = 6). A student enrolled in a two-year associate degree program, the maximum period for which Direct Subsidized Loans can be received is 3 years (150 percent of 2 years = 3 years or 2 x 1.5 = 3).

Because maximum eligibility period is based on the length of a student’s current program of study, maximum eligibility period can change if the student changes to a program that has a different length. Also, if Direct Subsidized Loans are received for one program and then the student changes to another program, the Direct Subsidized Loans received for the earlier program will generally count toward new maximum eligibility period. This is important to note particularly if the student is changing from an Associate’s degree to a certificate program as it can potentially affect the student’s ability to continue to receive subsidized loans. Student should consult with both a Navigator or academic advisor and the Financial Aid office before changing major.

Certain types of enrollment may cause the student to become responsible for the interest that accrues on Direct Subsidized Loans when the U.S. Department of Education usually would have paid it. These enrollment patterns are described below.

  • I become responsible for paying the interest that accrues on my Direct Subsidized Loans, when:
  • I am no longer eligible for Direct Subsidized Loans and I stay enrolled in my current program
  • I am no longer eligible for Direct Subsidized Loans, did not graduate from my prior program, and am enrolled in an undergraduate program that is the same length or shorter than my prior program
  • I transferred into the shorter program and lost eligibility for Direct Subsidized Loans because I have received Direct Subsidized Loans for a period that equals or exceeds my new, lower maximum eligibility period, which is based on the length of the new program.

Unsubsidized Federal Family Education Loan

This loan does NOT require financial need; complete your FAFSA. Interest will accrue on this loan while you are in school. Students must repay the loan, accrued interest, and current interest beginning 6 months after leaving school or drop to less than half-time status. Enrollment in a minimum of 6 credits required for graduation in the declared program per term must be maintained. Consult with the financial aid office to review the maximum award amounts.

Parent Loan for Undergraduate Dependent Students (PLUS)

Parents of dependent students may borrow on behalf of their children. Income is not a factor, but the borrower cannot have adverse credit. The student must first apply for other types of financial aid by completing their FAFSA. Loan amounts must not exceed the cost of education less other financial aid. Parent loans must be repaid over a 10-year period with interest beginning 60 days after disbursement. The student will not be able to charge tuition or books against the Plus Loan without parental consent.

Applying for a Federal Student or Parent Loan?

Eligibility must be established by completing the FAFSA and all application steps listed earlier in this publication. A separate in-house Loan Certification or Affirmation Request packet is also required for each term or year when applying for loans. A first-time borrower must also complete the Loan Application (in the case of a PLUS loan), Entrance Counseling, and Master Promissory Note (MPN) at www.studentloans.gov using the College’s federal school code of 009910. The instructions for applying for a Federal Direct Loan are located at www.tcl.edu/financial-aid/forms. Requests must be made by the established priority submission deadline.

Alternative Loans

Several private loans are available to credit-worthy students and/or their co-borrowers. Students should first determine their eligibility under the William D. Ford Direct Lending program before seeking additional funding under this option. To apply for a private loan, student and/or their co-borrowers must contact the lender of their choice. Information on the eligibility criteria and loan terms are available on each lender’s website.

Applying for a Private Education Student Loan

Review Federal Aid First: The U.S. Department of Education Federal Aid First explains the difference between Federal and Private Loans. Visit www.studentloans.gov for more information.

Students are encouraged to have a completed FAFSA using the College’s School Code of 009910. This provides the College with information to review the application file for State, Federal, and Institutional funds before the student considers borrowing through Private Loan.

Choose a lender or bank to apply for a Private Education Loan. The College does not offer a preferred lender list for private loans. Students can check with their bank or research private loans on the Web. Students are strongly encouraged to borrow federal loans first as these offer better benefits and interest rates.

School Certification: The College will certify the loan once it receives a certification request from the lending institution. Private loan limits are set by federal regulations and cannot exceed the cost of attendance minus any financial aid received. The College is not responsible for the timeliness of private loans and students should address all customer service issues with their lender.

Financial Assistance Programs - State


LIFE Scholarship Lottery Tuition Assistance SC WINS South Carolina Need-Based Grant 

LIFE Scholarship

The LIFE Scholarship is awarded to South Carolina residents who have graduated from a South Carolina high school with a 3.0 South Carolina Uniform Grade Point Average (SC UGP) or higher. Students must be full-time and coursework must be college-level. The maximum annual award is the cost of full-time tuition for up to 15 credit hours of enrollment during the Fall and Spring semesters and $300 for books, annually for students at two-year colleges. Awards may not exceed $5,000 per fall/spring semester and funds may not be used to pay tuition and fees that are not mandatory for all students. For example, LIFE funds cannot be used to pay high course cost fees.

To maintain continued eligibility for the LIFE Scholarship, students are required to earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative LIFE GPA by the end of each academic year and complete 30 credit hours annually.

The LIFE GPA includes all grades and credit hours earned at all eligible institutions (in-state and out-of-state) and college courses taken while in high school.

The LIFE GPA does not include: exempted credit courses, Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), remedial/developmental courses, or non-degree credit courses for an associate’s degree or higher.

Pass/Fail and non-penalty withdrawal credit courses are also excluded.

Students may receive their LIFE GPA upon written request to the Registrar. To learn more about the LIFE Scholarship program contact TCL’s Financial Aid Office.

Effective with the Summer 2015 semester, students may use their LIFE Scholarship in the Summer term if they have met the requirements to receive it in the upcoming Fall Term before the start of summer. See the Financial Aid Office for more information.

The LIFE Affidavit must be submitted each year to be considered. See the College’s www.tcl.edu/financial-aid/forms for Affidavit forms.

Lottery Tuition Assistance

To be eligible for SC’s Lottery Tuition Assistance, students must:

  • Qualify for in-state tuition rate and be an SC resident for at least one year.
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. (FAFSA)
  • Be enrolled in a certificate, diploma, or associate degree program and maintain at least six credits per semester
  • Take courses toward the completion of a certificate, diploma, or associate degree.
  • Not be a recipient of a LIFE scholarship award in the same academic year.
  • Not be in default on any government student loan program, or owe repayments of a grant.

Lottery Tuition Assistance is available only when the student has unmet tuition costs. Lottery may not be used to pay for high course cost fees or other non-mandatory fees applied to all students. Lottery funds may not be applied before Pell Grant funds are applied.

South Carolina Workforce and Industrial Needs Scholarship (SC WINS)

Students will be eligible to receive the SC WINS scholarship if they meet one of the following criteria: 1) be employed; 2) take a financial literacy course offered by the public technical college; or 3) complete one hundred hours of voluntary time contributing to a nonprofit or public service organization.

All students are required to complete the SC Wins & Workforce affidavit to receive funds. The SC Wins & Workforce affidavit can be accessed at www.tcl.edu/paying-for-tcl/financial-aid/forms/.

A student must pursue a certificate, diploma, or degree from one of the SC Technical College System’s 16 colleges. Students can receive the SC WINS for only one certificate, diploma, or degree unless the additional certificate, diploma, or degree constitutes progress in the same field of study.

South Carolina Need-Based Grant (SCNGB)

The South Carolina Need-Based Grant Program is awarded by the State of South Carolina. The program is designed to provide additional financial assistance to South Carolina’s neediest students who wish to attend college in the State of South Carolina. Awards are contingent on funding availability so apply early. In addition to completing the FAFSA, a student must submit the SCNBG Affidavit Form which certifies the following:

  • Be a resident of the State of South Carolina.
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible program of study that is not less than one year in length. Students must be working toward an associate degree, diploma, or certificate.
  • Possess a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent of a high school diploma.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by the institution in accordance with Title IV regulations, and complete a minimum of 24 semester hours as a full-time student or 12 semester hours as a part-time student per academic year.
  • Receive the grant not more than four semesters for a two-year degree program or two semesters for a one-year certificate or diploma program.
  • Be of good moral character with no felony convictions.

Financial Assistance Programs - Local


TCL Future Alumni Scholarship Payment Plan Institutional Work Study

TCL Future Alumni Scholarship

Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation Inc. awards assistance to several deserving students each year. All students admitted to TCL and meeting scholarship requirements including completion of a valid FAFSA, verifiable unmet costs associated with tuition fees and books, enrollment in at least six credit hours, and a minimum GPA of 2.5, are automatically considered for the scholarship for which they might qualify. No additional application or materials are required. For more information, please contact the www.tcl.edu/financial-aid.

Payment Plan

The College offers students an option to defer tuition and fees past the fee payment deadline date. The payment plan is managed by the College and is available to all students registering with balances in the current term. All registration fees assessed can be included in the agreement and no interest is charged and no minimum monthly amounts are mandated. The payment schedule and due date are set for each semester. Details or more information on this plan can be found at http://www.tcl.edu/tuition-fees, or by contacting the college’s Business Office.

Institutional Work Study

Various campus departments have funding to hire students for part-time work-study positions. You should inquire through the Career and Transfer Services Coordinator or the various campus departments about any available openings and program qualifications.



Part 5: Military and Veteran Resources


Military & Affliated Enrollment Services  Veterans Education Benefits

Military & Affliated Students Enrollment Services

The College is proud to serve all MAS located in the Lowcountry. This includes veterans, active duty stationed at one of three military installations in our service area. The College offers a full array of classes that, in many cases, can augment military specialty skills and contribute to the military student’s college portfolio, thus enhancing advancement opportunities. The College helps active duty military students and their family members earn an associate degree by formally awarding TCL credit for the following:

  • Equivalent college credit applicable to the program of study, earned at post-secondary educational institutions

Military courses (using the ACE guide).

Experiential learning - that is, knowledge/skills gained through specific MOS or NEC responsibilities that equate to competencies developed in TCL courses may be earned through a portfolio evaluation process.

For the convenience of military members, College’s Enrollment Coordinator/Navigator has scheduled office hours at each base. This individual from the Veterans Resource Center (VRC). The military coordinator can answer questions about course offerings and assist with required admissions and registration.

Active Duty Military Student Application and Registration Procedures

Active duty military and their spouses may complete the application process online at www.tcl.edu/admissions/apply. Please visit the Education Offices at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) or Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) if additional assistance is needed. The process for new and re-admitted military students is:

  • TCL Admissions Application
  • Apply for Tuition Assistance at your base education office or online for MyCAA.
  • Submit  final high school transcript, official college transcripts, and Joint Services Transcript (JST) form (if applicable). Information on the JST can be found online at https://jst.doded.mil/jst/
  • Students must meet with a Navigator or faculty advisor to register for classes.
  • Education Liaison Representative must complete Tuition Assistance (TA) agreement
  • Students receiving Tuition Assistance and MyCAA (Military Spouse Career Advancement Account) Scholarship, must go to the Resource Center on the Beaufort Mather campus in Bldg. 12: MacLean Hall for a degree plan and additional guidance.

Completed TA and MyCAA vouchers must be sent to the TCL Business Office located at the Beaufort Mather Campus inside Building 3 or by email at businesoffice@tcl.edu or via the Veterans Resource Center. 

  • Any eligible student desiring to utilize their VA education benefits may also visit the VA School Certifying Official on the Beaufort Mather Campus in Building 2: Coleman Hall or at gibill@tcl.edu or (843) 525-8340 for further assistance.

Veterans Resource Center (VRC)

The Veterans Resource Center exists to support TCL’s military affiliated students (veterans, active duty, and dependents). The Center links resident, commuter, and online military students with personalized assistance, tailored to their unique needs and provides the following services:

  • Support during the admissions and enrollment process
  • Education benefits counseling, including VA, FAFSA, and other educational funding options
  • Assistance applying for additional scholarship and grant opportunities
  • A dedicated space for study, networking, and relaxation
  • A conduit for student involvement and leadership opportunities
  • Referrals and information regarding veteran activities and opportunities on and off campus
  • Informational briefs on VA benefits, career opportunities, academic support services, and more
  • Information regarding employment opportunities

For more information on the VRC, please contact (843) 525-8264 or veterans@tcl.edu.

Veterans Education Benefits


Chapter 1606 (Reserve and National Guard) Enrollment Policy 

 Chapter 31: Veterans’ Readiness & Employment (VR&E) Program®
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®     Chapter 32: Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program® (VEAP)
Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill® - Active Duty (MGIB-AD) Chapter 1606: Montgomery G.I. Bill® - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
Chapter 35: Survivors & Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program® (DEA)  South Carolina Free Tuition for Children of Certain War Veterans
WAVE     

 


 

TCL is an approved institution for administering education benefits paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The College is committed to serving veterans and their eligible dependents.

Curriculum courses are approved for training under Title 38 of the U.S. Code, Chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill®), Chapter 31 (Veterans’ Readiness & Employment Program®), Chapter 32 (Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program or VEAP®), Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®), Chapter 35 (Survivors & Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program®), or Chapter 1606 (Montgomery G.I. Bill® - Selected Reserves (MGIB-SR). 

Benefits will not be paid for a class or a degree that the VA does not approve or authorize. In other words, all classes must be required by the VA approved program of study. For more information, contact the TCL Office of Veterans Affairs on the Mather Beaufort Campus in Building 2, Coleman Hall, at 843-525-8340 or email gibill@tcl.edu. Students who may be eligible for Veterans benefits should contact the Veterans Education Benefits Office at 1-888-442-4551 for information. Applications should be submitted at least eight weeks before enrollment to allow time for processing.

All VA-eligible students (except for Chapter 31 recipients) must submit a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility from the VA. This letter is sent to your mailing address and indicates which benefits you qualify to receive. You must also complete the Veterans Certification Form and present a copy of your schedule to the School Certifying Official each semester. Failure to follow these steps may delay the enrollment certification, which delays payments from the Veteran Affairs Administration. Each student is responsible for notifying the TCL Office of Veterans Affairs of any changes in personal data, career goals, or changes in the class schedule.

Admission requirements are the same as those for other students. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for determining eligibility, enrollment status, and awarding benefits.

Covered Individuals Policy

This policy complies with Title 38 United States Code Section 3679(e) School Compliance Form defines a Covered Individual as one who is entitled to educational assistance under Chapter 31 - Veterans’ Readiness and Employment Program® (formerly VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment), or Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits. Per this policy, TCL will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrows additional funds on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet their financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under Chapter 31 & 33.

Residency Implementation (Effective August 1, 2022): Under the expansion of the new Isakson & Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act (Section 1005) of 2020, our TCL Residency & Veterans Affairs Offices must confirm that you have applied and are eligible to receive either Chapter 30, 31, 33, and 35 benefits status to qualify for “in-state tuition,” regardless of your formal state of residence. Active duty and veteran dependents must be eligible to use Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) or Chapter 35 (DEA) benefits and submit proof of their benefits and dependency status to the MAS Enrollment Coordinator/Navigator or School Certifying Official.  NOTE: For dependents to use Chapter 33 benefits, the active duty member or veteran must have requested and received authorization from the VA to transfer the benefit.  This is not something the College can authorize.

Payment for Veterans Benefits

TCL has multiple terms of varying lengths that comprise its academic year.  For pay purposes, 12 credit hours per 14-15 week semester is considered full-time attendance for the Fall and Spring semesters. For the shorter 10 & 7-week terms, as well as the summer term, fewer credit hours are considered full-time. Students should consult with the VA on what is considered full-time for these shorter terms.  Additionally, to receive the full Military Housing Allowance, students must be full-time in a given term, not have their credit hours spread across terms of varying length and at least one course must be in-person on the campus.  Finally, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays only for the minimum number of semester hours required by the approved program. In other words, students should not pad their hours with electives and other non-required classes.  

Advance Payment Policy for Veterans

Students eligible for VA benefits may apply for an advanced payment from 45 days to 120 days before the first day of the term. Application processing takes six to eight weeks after submission to the VA, and the first payment includes pay for all days in the month the term begins the month following the end of the term.

Chapter 1606 (Reserve and National Guard) Enrollment Policy

Developmental courses offered at TCL are not applicable for payment by the VA for those using Chapter 1606 benefits with contracts signed before October 1, 1990. Students enrolled under this chapter must carry a minimum of six semester hours. If credit hours fall below six, only the cost of tuition will be paid by the VA.

Previous Training (Prior Credits) Transcripts for Veterans

All VA-eligible students must obtain official transcripts from all schools and colleges they have previously attended to verify previous training and prior credits. The student will receive VA benefits for only ONE term unless all transcripts are submitted to TCL’s Enrollment Services Office during the student’s first term at TCL.

Chapter 31: Veterans’ Readiness & Employment (VR&E) Program®

Formerly known as Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment, this program is for individuals with a compensable service-connected disability and for whom the United States Department of Veterans Affairs determines that training and rehabilitation services are needed to overcome an employment handicap. Students eligible for this particular VA program will be assigned to a Case Manager that provides help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job-seeking coaching.

Under Chapter 31, the assigned Case Manager will send an invoice and authorization form (VA Form 28-1905) via an electronic portal known as Tungsten to help pay for students’ tuition and fees and book and supplies costs. Please note that all Chapter 31 students must opt out of the newly implemented First-Day Complete Program every semester, as the Veterans’ Readiness and Employment Program will pay your books and supplies costs directly to the TCL College Store. All Chapter 31 recipients will receive a 60-day tuition deferment each semester to give VA ample time to pay for tuition and fees. Students eligible for this program may also qualify for in-state tuition under the new Isakson & Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act (Section 1005) of 2020, so please consult with the Enrollment Coordinator/Navigatorto verify that your residency status is accurate. 

Certification Requirements for Using Chapter 31 Benefits at TCL

New Students

Select “new student” on the TCL Admissions Application and submit all requested documentation (i.e., high school transcript and optional placement testing results, when applicable). 

  • Apply for your VR&E benefits online. If you have never used this site before, you must create a username and password.
  • Confirm that your Case Manager submits the authorization form through Tungsten.
  • Meet with your assigned Navigator or Faculty Advisor and register for classes.
  • Complete and submit the Veterans Certification Form every semester.

Transfer Students

Select “transfer student” on the admissions application and submit all requested documentation (i.e., final high school transcript, official college transcripts, or optional placement testing results).

  • Reapply for your VR&E benefits online.
  • Have your Case Manager submit the authorization form through Tungsten.
  • Meet with your assigned Navigator or Faculty Advisor and register for classes.
  • Complete and submit the Veterans Certification Form every semester.

Transient Students

  • Select “transient student” on the admissions application.
  • Consult with your Parent School’s Academic Advisor to obtain permission to take courses here at TCL. They will provide you with a Transient Form to be submitted to our Office of Student Records.
  • Have your Case Manager submit the authorization form through Tungsten.
  • Submit the VA Parent Letter from your home institution.
  • Complete and submit the Veterans Certification Form.

Chapter 31 recipients may also apply for financial aid via the FAFSA online. Financial aid is an additional means to help with tuition and fees if VA benefits are delayed.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®

This benefit is for service members and veterans who served at least 90 days on active duty, excluding training after September 10, 2001. You may also qualify if you served a minimum of 30 days and were discharged with a service-connected disability. Your percentage rating will depend on how much time was served after this date. If you have been discharged from the military, you must have an honorable discharge or one of three medical discharges, (EPTS) Existing Prior to Service, (HDSP) Hardship, or (CIWD) Condition Interfering with Duty to qualify. Note: Active-duty service members can perform a Transfer of Entitlement (TOE) via milconnect.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/ to transfer their benefits to dependents. Once discharged, the service member can change the effective date of the transfer, adjust the number of months transferred, or revoke benefits for their dependents.

Under Chapter 33, tuition and fees are paid directly to the school and will not surpass the school’s in-state tuition rate of $239.00 per credit hour. Note: VA will only pay in-state tuition, so it is essential to get classified as an in-state resident, or you could be financially responsible for the remaining balance per credit hour. Under the new Isakson & Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act (Section 1005) of 2020, the State of South Carolina has recently changed how residency is determined for Veterans, so please consult with the Enrollment Coordinator/Navigator to verify that your residency status is accurate.

Monthly Housing Allowance is paid directly to the student and equals the BAH rate for an E-5 with dependents, regardless of your pay grade or military rank. BAH is now calculated by taking the number of credits you attend and dividing that number by the full-time enrollment rate for that particular semester. Rates for a Veterans BAH allowance are determined by the Veterans Affairs Administration and are not within the control of TCL. Effective: January 1, 2022, all Chapter 33 students must verify their enrollment status monthly to continue receiving monthly housing payments. Please confirm with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551 that they have your correct information in their systems, as they will send text alerts monthly.

Books and Supplies Stipend is paid directly to the student each school year. This is calculated according to your percentage and capped at 24 credit hours, no matter how those credits are organized throughout the school year.

Certification Requirements for Using Chapter 33 Benefits at TCL

New Students

  • Select “new student” on the TCL Admissions Application and submit all requested documentation (i.e., final high school transcript and optional placement testing results, when applicable).
  • Apply for your Post 9/11 benefits online at www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/post-9-11/. If you have never used this site before, you must create a username and password.
  • Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility.
  • Meet with your assigned Navigator or Faculty Advisor and register for classes.
  • Complete the Veterans Certification Form every semester.
  • Transfer Students
  • Select “transfer student” on the admissions application and submit all requested documentation (i.e., final high school transcript and optional placement testing results, when applicable).
  • Reapply for your Post 9/11 benefits online at https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/post-9-11/ and submit an updated copy of your Certificate of Eligibility.
  • Meet with your assigned Navigator or Faculty Advisor and register for classes.
  • Complete and submit the Veterans Certification Form every semester.

Transient Students

  • Select “transient student” on the admissions application.
  • Consult with your Parent School’s Academic Advisor to obtain permission to take courses here at TCL. They will provide you with a Transient Form to be submitted to our Office of Student Records. Student Records will register you for the approved course(s).
  • Submit the VA Parent Letter from your home institution and Certificate of Eligibility
  • Complete the Veterans Certification Form.

Using Chapter 33, you are entitled to a VA tuition deferment every semester at TCL. This deferment allows you a 60-day extension to pay your tuition and fees, especially if your eligibility rating is less than 100%. Chapter 33 recipients can still apply for Federal Financial Aid through the FAFSA online at studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. We strongly encourage you to apply if you need additional financial assistance, significantly if your benefits are delayed.

Chapter 32: Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program® (VEAP)

This educational assistance program is only available for qualifying veterans who first entered active-duty military service anytime between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985, opened a contribution account before April 1, 1987, voluntarily contributed $25 to $2,700, completed their first period of service, and were discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable. Current active-duty service members must have at least three months of contributions to qualify for this benefit. Qualifying students have up to ten years to use this benefit; if not use, the VA will refund you the money.

The government matches your contributions on a $2 for $1 basis. Eligible students may use this benefit for VA-approved degrees, certificates, correspondence, apprenticeship/on-the-job training programs, vocational flight training programs, high-tech training, licensing and certification tests, entrepreneurship training, specific entrance examinations, and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher training may also be available in certain circumstances. Contact the VA at 1-888-442-4551 for more information.

Certification Requirements for Using Chapter 32 Benefits at TCL

New Students

  • Select “new student” on the TCL Admissions Application and submit all requested documentation (i.e., final high school transcript and optional placement testing results, when applicable) .
  • Apply for your VEAP benefits online at www.va.gov/education/other-va-education-benefits/veap/. If you have never used this site, you must create a username and password.
  • Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility.
  • Meet with your assigned Navigator or Faculty Advisor and register for classes.
  • Complete the Veterans Certification Form every semester.

Transfer Students

  • Select “transfer student” on the admissions application and submit all requested documentation (i.e., final high school transcript and optional placement testing results, when applicable).
  • Reapply for your VEAP benefits online at www.va.gov/education/other-va-education-benefits/veap/ or submit an updated copy of your Certificate of Eligibility.
  • Meet with your assigned Navigator or Faculty Advisor and register for classes.
  • Complete the Veterans Certification Form every semester.

Transient Students

  • Select “transient student” on the admissions application.
  • Consult with your Parent School’s Academic Advisor to obtain permission to take courses here at TCL. They will provide you with a Transient Form to be submitted to our Office of Student Records. Student Records will register you for the approved course(s).
  • Submit the VA Parent Letter from your home institution and Certificate of Eligibility.
  • Complete the Veterans Certification Form.

We also encourage Chapter 32 students to apply for financial aid via the online FAFSA at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa as a supplemental means to pay your educational costs. Please pay close attention to the tuition and fees deadline each semester to avoid deregistration.

Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill® - Active Duty (MGIB-AD)

This benefit is for active-duty service members who served two years on active duty and contributed $1,200.00. Chapter 30 can provide up to 36 months of education assistance. You may use this benefit while on active duty or after ending your contract with your branch of service. If you are a veteran, you must also have an honorable discharge or lose your Chapter 30 benefits. If your contract ended early for any particular reason, you need to make sure that your early discharge does not conflict with the use of your benefits. If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact the VA at 1-888-442-4551. Under the new Isakson & Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act (Section 1005) of 2020, the State of South Carolina has recently changed how residency is determined for Veterans, so please consult with the MAS Enrollment Coordinator/Veterans Navigator to verify that your residency status is accurate.

Certification Requirements for Using Chapter 30 at TCL

New Students

  • Select “new student” on the TCL Admissions Application and submit all requested documentation (i.e., final high school transcript and optional placement testing results, when applicable).
  • Apply for your Chapter 30 benefits online at www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/montgomery-active-duty/. If you have never used this site, you must create a username and password.
  • Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility.
  • Meet with your assigned Navigator or Faculty Advisor and register for classes.
  • Complete the Veterans Certification Form every semester.

Transfer Students

  • Select “transfer student” on the admissions application and submit all requested documentation (i.e., final high school transcript and optional placement testing results, when applicable).
  • Reapply for your Chapter 30 benefits online at www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/montgomery-active-duty/ or submit an updated copy of your Certificate of Eligibility.
  • Meet with your assigned Navigator or Faculty Advisor and register for classes.
  • Complete the Veterans Certification Form every semester.

Transient Students

  • Select “transient student” on the admissions application.
  • Consult with your Parent School’s Academic Advisor to obtain permission to take courses here at TCL. They will provide you with a Transient Form to be submitted to our Office of Student Records. Student Records will register you for the approved course(s).
  • Submit the VA Parent Letter from your home institution and Certificate of Eligibility.
  • Complete the Veterans Certification Form.

As a new student, you are entitled to request an advance payment for the first semester of attendance; however, the VA requires a forty-five (45) day advance notification. If you need the advance payment, please see the School Certifying Official or email your request to gibill@tcl.edu or call 843-525-8340 to schedule an appointment with the School Certifying Official.

Please remember that your tuition and fees are still due by the school’s scheduled fee payment deadline. If tuition is not paid by the deadline, you will likely be deregistered from your classes. You may also submit your FAFSA, apply for financial aid via studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa, and use your Chapter 30 benefits. If approved, it can make the transition from semester to semester easier. It can also help if your benefits are held up for any reason.

Chapter 1606: Montgomery G.I. Bill® - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

This benefit is for members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard Reserves, Army National Guard, and the Air National Guard. Chapter 1606 can provide up to 36 months of education benefits for those individuals as long as they have completed their initial active duty training and are in good standing with their reserve unit. Benefits typically last 14 years from the eligibility date or when you get discharged, whichever comes first. If you cannot use your benefits, you can call the VA to get an extension by calling 1-888-442-4551.

Certification Requirements for Using Chapter 1606 Benefits at TCL

New Students

  • Select “new student” on the TCL Admissions Application and submit all requested documentation (i.e., final high school transcript and optional placement testing results, when applicable).
  • Apply for your Chapter 1606 benefits online at www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/montgomery-selected-reserve/. If you have never used this site before, you must create a username and password.
  • Submit a copy of your Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) (DD Form 2384-1) and Certificate of Eligibility.
  • Meet with your assigned Navigator or Faculty Advisor and register for classes
  • Complete the Veterans Certification Form every semester.

Transfer Students

  • Select “transfer student” on the admissions application and submit all requested documentation (i.e., final high school transcript and optional placement testing results, when applicable).
  • Reapply for your Chapter 1606 benefits online at www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/montgomery-selected-reserve/. or submit an updated copy of your Certificate of Eligibility
  • Meet with your assigned Navigator or Faculty Advisor and register for classes
  • Complete the Veterans Certification Form every semester.

Transient Students

  • Select “transient student” on the admissions application.
  • Consult with your Parent School’s Academic Advisor to obtain permission to take courses here at TCL. They will provide you with a Transient Form to be submitted to our Office of Student Records. Student Records will register you for the approved course(s).
  • Submit the VA Parent Letter from your home institution and Certificate of Eligibility
  • Complete the Veterans Certification Form.

Eligible Chapter 1606 recipients must pay or establish a payment arrangement with the Business Office by each semester’s scheduled payment deadline to help with tuition and fees. To offset the costs, you are encouraged to apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA online at studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.

WAVE

VA students receiving either Chapter 30 or 1606 benefits must verify their enrollment monthly using Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or Interactive Voice Response (IVR). WAVE is a system used to verify your enrollment at TCL every month electronically. If this process does not happen, the monthly entitlement will not be sent out, even if the VA Representative certified you at the beginning of the semester. This process can be completed online at www.gibill.va.gov/wave/vba/ or by calling the voice response system at 1-877-823-2378.

Chapter 35: Survivors & Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program® (DEA)

This benefit is for spouses and children of veterans who died on active duty or are 100% disabled due to a service-connected disabilty. This includes MIA (Missing In Action) and POW (Prisoner Of War). Chapter 35 benefits can provide up to 45 months of full-time benefits. If you are the spouse of a qualifying veteran, you have ten years from the date of eligibility to use the benefits or 20 years if the veteran passed away while on active duty. Children may use the benefit from the age of 18 to 26. If there are any issues with these time constraints, you may be able to have them extended by contacting the VA at 1-888-442-4551.

Effective August 1, 2022, Chapter 35 recipients may also qualify to receive in-state tuition under the expansion of the Isakson & Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act. Please confirm your residency status with the MAS Enrollment Coordinator/Navigator.

Certification Requirements for Using Chapter 35 Benefits at TCL

New Students

  • Select “new student” on the TCL Admissions Application and submit all requested documentation (i.e., final high school transcript and optional placement testing results, when applicable).
  • Apply for your Chapter 35 benefits online at www.va.gov/education/survivor-dependent-benefits/. If you have never used this site, you must create a username and password.
  • Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility.
  • Meet with your assigned Navigator or Faculty Advisor and register for classes.
  • Complete the Veterans Certification Form every semester.

Transfer Students

Select “transfer student” on the admissions application and submit all requested documentation (i.e., final high school transcript and optional placement testing results, when applicable).

Reapply for Chapter 35 benefits online at www.va.gov/education/survivor-dependent-benefits/ or submit an updated copy of your Certificate of Eligibility.

Meet with your assigned Navigator or Faculty Advisor and register for classes.

Complete the Veterans Certification Form every semester.

Transient Students

  • Select “transient student” on the admissions application.
  • Consult with your Parent School’s Academic Advisor to obtain permission to take courses here at TCL. They will provide you with a Transient Form to be submitted to our Office of Student Records. Student Records will register you for the approved course(s).
  • Submit the VA Parent Letter from your home institution and Certificate of Eligibility.
  • Complete the Veterans Certification Form.

If tuition is not paid by the semester’s scheduled payment deadline, you may be deregistered from your classes. Chapter 35 recipients are still eligible to submit their FAFSA online at studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. We strongly encourage you to apply if you need additional financial assistance while at TCL. Applying for financial aid can also serve as a backup for payment at the college in the odd event that your benefits are delayed.

South Carolina Free Tuition for Children of Certain War Veterans

Children of deceased or 100% disabled South Carolina Veterans, killed or disabled during military service, MIA, or POW can attend any SC State-supported institutions until their 26th birthday and pay no tuition. Fees still apply. For further assistance, please get in touch with the South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs at 803-960-8327.

The Application & Awarding Process for Eligible Students

  • Complete the TCL Admissions Application and submit all required documentation
  • Meet with your assigned Navigator or Faculty Advisor and register for classes.
  • Please visit the South Carolina Department of Veterans’ Affairs website via this link scdva.sc.gov/education, to complete the online application. Note: Both the student and veteran parent must be actual residents of South Carolina to qualify for this benefit.

If you are transferring to TCL and have previously used this benefit, you must contact the South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs to request a transfer letter at 803.647.2434. Effective May 12, 2022, this will be the same process for transient students desiring to attend our institution.

  • If approved, you will receive a letter from the South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs. Please submit your South Carolina Free Tuition Letter to our Office of Veterans Affairs via email to gibill@tcl.edu for processing purposes. Our Office of Financial Aid will post the award on your Self-Service account once you are registered for classes.

     

Part 6: Academic Support and Resources


Academic Advising Academic Pathways ADA/Disability Services Career and Transfer Services Career and Transfer Services
Change of Address  Change of Name Children on Campus Computuer Resources Copy Machines
Copyright Distance Education Electronic Devices Food and Beverages   Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Annual Notice
Grade Review Help Desk Library Lost and Found Parking Regulations
Pedestrian Tunnel Pets National Student Clearinghouse Release of Student Records Physical Access to Buildings for Students with Disabilities
Service Animals Smoking Policy Student Right to Know Student Technology Systems  Solicitation/Canvassing and Fund Raising on Campus
Transportation Transcript Request  Tutoring Services TRIO Student Support Services  Telephone (Student Emergency)

Academic Advising

Students are assigned a Navigator and faculty advisor. Students will work with their Navigator to develop an academic plan that leads to the timely completion of an academic program. Students should confer with their Navigator and/or faculty advisor before the start of each semester to monitor program progress and plan for the subsequent semester. Students qualifying for pre-gateway coursework should work closely with their Navigator to ensure appropriate course scheduling and learn about academic success support opportunities.

Academic Pathways

Academic pathways are sample pathways designed to provide required courses in the preferred enrollment order. Students, in consultation with their Navigator and/or faculty advisor, will create an individualized degree plan, reflecting their academic preparation, interests, and goals. Students are strongly encouraged to develop an individualized degree plan within the first semester of enrollment, updating the plan regularly, in consultation with their Navigator/faculty advisor.

ADA/Disability Services

Disability services are available to assist students who request such services and have a documented disability. The College offers direct services as well as referrals to the Commission of the Blind, Vocational Rehabilitation, and other community resources. To ensure the quality and availability of services, the College requests that students with disabilities notify the ADA Coordinator of any necessary accommodations at least 30 working days before the first day of class.

Career and Transfer Services

The HUB, www.tcl.edu/the-hub/, offers the College’s students and alumni information related to careers and employment. The office provides career exploration information for enrolled students and individuals throughout the College’s four-county service area. Career planning, resume writing, job search techniques, and other relevant topics are available in the HUB and/or Navigator. 

Change of Address

Students have changed addresses can update their college records by updating their address on Self-Service.

Change of Name

Students with a legal name change can request their college records be updated by submitting a completed Change of Name form.

Children on Campus

Children on Campus  

Computer Resources

The College’s Procedure 7-1-703.6 User Responsibility on Use and Duplication of Computer Software outlines the appropriate use of the College’s computing resources. Students are responsible for the legal use of computer software and applicable copyright laws and are prohibited from copying software on College computers and from installing personal software.

Copy Machines

Copy machines are available for student use in the Library/ Learning Resources Center. There is a fee for using the copy machines.

Copyright

The College’s students, staff, and faculty will adhere to and respect the provisions of the Copyright law, Title 17, U.S. Code. All students, staff, and faculty are expected to follow the law in good faith and subscribe to the spirit of protection it gives to the rights of others.

Distance Education

The College offers courses in alternative formats, including those offered online, web-based, blended or mixed modality, and live broadcast.

  • Online: There are no in-person class meetings. All instruction is provided via the Internet.
  • Blended or mixed mode: These courses spend up to 50% of class time online and balance in the classroom.
  • Live broadcast: Live broadcast classes have an instructor in the origination classroom with students viewing the course at a College receive site.

Electronic Devices 

The College recognizes the importance of providing the best learning environment for its students. To eliminate class disruptions and protect the integrity of the classroom and instruction, the use of electronic devices such as cellular phones, pagers, and other electronic devices is not permitted in classrooms, the Learning Resources Center, computer laboratories, testing centers, and other instructional locations at the College. Such devices must be maintained in “silent” mode. Students are also not permitted to use the “text” function of these devices in instructional locations.

On-call personnel who must maintain these devices in “active” mode in the interest of public safety must notify the instructor of their need for an exception at the beginning of classes for the term. The instructor may request documentation from these students verifying employment.

Students may not leave a test, communicate with these devices, and then return to complete the test. Students who by necessity must take such messages will be required to make arrangements for re-testing.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Annual Notice

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords eligible students certain rights concerning their education records.  An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution, regardless of their age.  These rights include:

  • The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the school receives an access request.  A student should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or another appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect.  The school official will make access arrangements and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.  If the records are not maintained by the school official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  • The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.  A student who wishes to ask the school to amend a record should write the school official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants to be changed, and specify why it should be changed.  If the school decides not to amend the record as requested, the school will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.  Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  • The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information from the student’s records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. The school discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the college in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel); a person or company with whom the college has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using college employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, collection agent, transcript distribution service or National Student Clearinghouse); a person serving on the Area Commission; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the college.
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA.  The name and address of the FERPA administrative office are:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC  20202

 

Addendum:

FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in § 99.31 of the FERPA regulations. Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the student, § 99.32 of FERPA regulations requires the institution to record the disclosure. Eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A postsecondary institution may disclose PII from the education records without obtaining prior written consent of the student -

  • To other school officials, including teachers, within [School] whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in § 99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) - (a)(1)(i)(B)(3) are met. (§ 99.31(a)(1))
  • To officials of another school where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of § 99.34. (§ 99.31(a)(2))
  • To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as a State postsecondary authority that is responsible for supervising the university’s State-supported education programs. Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of §99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State- supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs. These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf. (§§ 99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. (§ 99.31(a)(4))
  • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to: (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction. (§ 99.31(a)(6))
  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. (§ 99.31(a)(7))
  • To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes. (§ 99.31(a)(8))
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena. (§ 99.31(a)(9))
  • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to § 99.36. (§ 99.31(a)(10))
  • Information the school has designated as “directory information” under § 99.37. (§ 99.31(a)(11))
  • To a victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, subject to the requirements of § 99.39. The disclosure may only include the final results of the disciplinary proceeding with respect to that alleged crime or offense, regardless of the finding. (§ 99.31(a)(13))
  • To the general public, the final results of a disciplinary proceeding, subject to the requirements of § 99.39, if the school determines the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense and the student has committed a violation of the school’s rules or policies with respect to the allegation made against him or her. (§ 99.31(a)(14))
  • To parents of a student regarding the student’s violation of any Federal, State, or local law, or of any rule or policy of the school, governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance if the school determines the student committed a disciplinary violation and the student is under the age of 21. (§99.31(a)(15))

Food and Beverages in College Classrooms and Buildings

Eating and drinking are not permitted in MacLean Auditorium, the Learning Resources Center (LRC), classrooms, labs, lecture areas, or shops except as approved by the Vice President for Administrative Services.

Grade Review

A grade review should be resolved by conference between the student and the instructor who assigned the grade. If the instructor is not available the student should contact the Division Dean. A student with a concern that cannot be resolved by discussion with the instructor should follow the Academic Complaint process by submitting the Grievance Form to the academic dean responsible for the course. No grade changes may be made after one calendar year.

Help Desk

Students may contact the Help Desk concerning Self Service and student email account issues at helpdesk@tcl.edu or 843- 525-8344. The Help Desk is closed on official holidays recognized by the college.

Library

The main library is located in Building 12/200 on the Beaufort Mather campus. The New River library is located on the first floor of the New River campus. The library provides course-related resources and materials of general interest for students, faculty, staff, and residents of the service area. The library provides access to over 400,000 e-books and 70+ online databases containing online periodicals. Print materials are held at the Beaufort Mather campus library and can be delivered to the New River or Hampton locations. Librarians provide instruction, research, and citation support in person and online via email, 24/7 chat, and screen-sharing video. Print books are housed at the Beaufort Mather campus, though the majority of the library’s materials are online in the form of eBooks or online periodicals. The library’s full collection is searchable via OneSearch on the library’s homepage. When accessing eBooks or articles online, use your TCL email and password for quick, free access.

The library is a member of South Carolina’s academic library consortium PASCAL (Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries). Among other services, PASCAL provides a rapid delivery of library materials between all college libraries in the state, thus making the circulating collection of every South Carolina academic library available to TCL students, faculty, and staff, for free. PASCAL materials may be searched and requested via OneSearch on the library’s homepage.

A TCL ID or valid photo ID serves as a library card.  Residents in the College’s service area may borrow library materials by presenting a valid borrower’s card from their county library. Circulation policies vary according to the format of the item and the type of user.

Both the Beaufort and New River libraries have desktop computers and a printer/copier/scanner and offer semester laptop checkout for enrolled students. Laptops are loaned on a first-come-first-serve basis and may be requested through the laptop link on the library’s homepage.

Librarians teach information literacy classes and provide research and citation support in person and online via email, 24/7 chat, text, and screen-sharing video. Library contact information (phone, chat, text, email) and library hours are posted on the library’s homepage.

Lost and Found

Report lost or found items to Security, located in Building 11 on the Beaufort Campus or to the Reception Desk at Hampton or New River campuses.

Parking Regulations

Student parking is available throughout the campus in the unassigned parking areas that are striped with white lines. A student is required to have a current parking decal and must obey all parking regulations. The maximum speed for vehicles on campus is ten (10) miles per hour and all posted signs must be honored. Illegally parked vehicles and other vehicle violations will be issued a ticket and/or towed at the owner’s expense. An appeal process is available by completion of an appeal form available from the cashier in the Business Office.

Pedestrian Tunnel

Beaufort City ordinances require that all pedestrians crossing Ribaut Road in the vicinity of the College use the College’s tunnel. Pedestrians crossing Ribaut Road at the College who do not use the tunnel are subject to fine.

Pets

No pets are allowed on campus. This does not include service dogs for the visually impaired.

Physical Access to Buildings for Students with Disabilities

Services for students with disabilities are available to assist students who request such services and have a documented disability. The College offers direct services as well as referrals to the Commission of the Blind, Vocational Rehabilitation and other community resources. To ensure the quality and availability of services, the College requests students with disabilities notify the Associate Vice President of Student Services of any necessary accommodations at least 30 working days prior to the first day of class, if possible. For further information, contact 843 525-8219. The hearing impaired (TDD) number is 843 470-8387.

National Student Clearinghouse

The College has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to act as its agent for all verifications of student enrollment. To obtain enrollment verification, please visit the Clearinghouse online at www.studentclearinghouse.org or contact them by telephone at (703)-742-4200.

Release of Student Records

The College adheres to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, regarding the release of public or directory information. The College defines Directory Information as name, county of residence, dates of attendance, academic credentials received (degree, certificate, and diploma), enrollment status (full-time/part-time), and academic awards received (Phi Theta Kappa, honor lists, etc.). Directory Information may be released by the provisions of FERPA without the written consent of an eligible student and may be disclosed by the institution for any purposes, at its discretion, unless a student has filed a Request for Non-Disclosure of Directory Information (FERPA form) form with the Student Records department. Requests may be submitted at any time during the academic year and will remain in effect until the student submits a written request to Student Records to revoke the non-disclosure request.

Student Images/Release of Directory Information

Student images (photo or video) may be used by the College and/or SC State Technical College System for public relations, marketing, or advertising and published in the College’s publications and website. Student’s may request their images not be used for these purposes via a written request submitted to the Public Relations Office, Beaufort Mather Campus, Building 12, Suite 210.

Service Animals

The South Carolina Technical College System is committed to providing equal access to employment and educational opportunities for persons with disabilities. In keeping with these commitments, service animals are permitted on college property for persons with disabilities in accordance with relevant state and federal laws and the requirements of this procedure. Read the complete procedure including purpose, definitions, handler’s responsibilities, student rights, removal of service animals, emotional support animals, and grievance procedures. 

Smoking Policy

The College is a total smoke-free and tobacco-free environment. Smoking, including the use of “e-cigs”, and all uses of tobacco is prohibited on the College’s property and facilities, both owned and leased, including but not limited to parking lots, rooftops, courtyards, plazas, entrance and exit ways, sidewalks, common areas, grounds and libraries.

Solicitation/Canvassing and Fund Raising on Campus

Recognizing that the Technical College of the Lowcountry is legally responsible for promoting the efficiency of the public services performed throughout the College, the following rules as promulgated in furtherance of that legal responsibility:

  • Solicitation or distribution of information by persons, other than employees of the College who are on official College business, in areas of buildings or grounds not deemed public by the institution is prohibited.
  • Solicitation or distribution of information by College employees during working time for any purpose other than official business is prohibited. Working time is the time the employee is normally scheduled to be working.
  • Any person desiring to solicit for any purpose must submit a written request stating the purpose and method of the solicitation to the Vice President for Administrative Services. The request will either by denied or approved, based on established local guidelines for solicitation. If approved, the requesting party will be given directives in writing concerning the areas and manner in which they may conduct the solicitation. Failure to follow these directives will immediately revoke the prior approval.
  • No written announcement or distribution of information may be posted on College property without approval. The Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Relations will deny or approve all such requests. Announcements or distribution of information without approval will be removed and destroyed.

Student Right to Know

Federal mandates require the release of certain consumer information to our students and the public including graduation and placement rates, campus drug policies, and the frequency of crime on campus. This information is available on the College website. Any student who does not receive such information or who desires further information should direct a request for information to the Vice President of Student Affairs.

Student Technology Systems

Blackboard

Blackboard is an online learning platform. Blackboard may be used to view syllabi, post assignments, take tests, and enrich communication between students and faculty. Access Blackboard at https://bb.tcl.edu.

Navigate

Navigate is a Student Success Management System (SSMS) that links students to Navigators, faculty advisors, and other support partners. Students complete registration, view a task list, and make appointments with campus support partners. Access Navigate at http://tcl.navigate.eab.com/.

Self Service

The Self Service is a web-based interface to the student system. Self Service is used by students to change their address, pay their bills, view their grades and transcripts, and a variety of other functions. Financial Aid awards, award letters, and required documents are available through the student’s Self Service account. Access Self Service at https://selfservice.TCL.edu.

Simple Syllabus

Simple Syllabus is a syllabus repository that allows students to access and review syllabi through Blackboard or in the College’s syllabus library. Simple Syllabus saves time by housing syllabi in a single location and by providing an archive of former class syllabi. Access the Simple Syllabus library at  https://tcl.simplesyllabus.com/en-US/syllabus-library.

Telephone (Student Emergency)

In a student emergency, the Registrar will take the name and phone number of the person calling and relay the information to the student on campus. The Registrar provides this service only in emergency situations and may be reached at 843 525-8209.

Transportation

Students attending the College make their transportation arrangements to and from the College. Free Palmetto Breeze bus passes are available to students based on financial need. Passes are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. For details contact the Testing Center Director at 843 525-8229 or the New River campus Student Services Coordinator at 843 470-6019.

Transcript Request

A transcript is the official record of all courses taken at the College. In accordance with the Public Information Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, student’s educational records may only be released with the student’s written permission. The College has partnered with Parchment Exchange to provide online ordering, processing and secure delivery of student transcripts.

Parchment Exchange Account

The first time Parchment Exchange users will need to set up an account. Be prepared to provide:

  • Date of birth and last four digits of SSN
  • Dates of attendance at TCL (you can enter approximate dates if uncertain)
  • Your name of record when you attended TCL
  • An Email Address

Ordering Transcript

Transcript orders are processed through several delivery options. Allow 3 to 5 business days for transcript processing. Current student wanting a transcript sent after the current semester grades have been posted, can select the Hold for Grades option. Current students wanting a transcript to be sent after graduation notation has been entered, can select the Hold for Degree option.

Students with a financial obligation to the College will have an account hold which prevents ordering transcripts. Once financial obligations are met, the account hold will be removed and ability to order transcripts re-instated. 

Transcript Costs

TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS)

TRIO SSS is a federally funded program that is designed to help students stay in school, graduate with college degrees, and continue their education by transferring to four-year colleges and universities. To help students succeed academically, TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) services and activities focus on students’ individual learning needs. To help you reach your goals, TRIO SSS offers academic and career-related services free of charge to students:

  • Tutoring One-on-one and group tutoring provide you with additional opportunities to learn the course material.
  • Personal Counseling to assist students with personal, emotional, or social issues that may interfere with their ability to reach their full potential in college.
  • Assistance with academic needs Study skills workshops, one-on-one academic counseling, and planning sessions, and study skills inventories help you develop your skills and plan for academic success.
  • Assistance with career goals Career workshops and career counseling services help you research your career interests and develop valuable skills such as resume writing and job interviewing.
  • Assistance with transfer planning TRIO SSS offers individualized transfer planning sessions, tours of nearby four-year colleges, and workshops about the college transfer process.
  • Financial/economic literacy services - TRIO SSS provides workshops, referrals, a resource directory, connection to community providers, and computer-based instruction to help you increase your understanding of your personal finances and global economic issues.
  • Peer mentoring Learn the ropes of being a TCL student from fellow successful and experienced TRIO SSS participants.
  • Cultural activities TRIO SSS provides cultural activities each year to help you increase your cultural awareness.

Eligibility Requirements

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) has limited enrollment and students must meet certain eligibility criteria to become participants of TRIO Student Support Services (SSS). To be eligible for TRIO SSS, students must:

  • Be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours in an associate degree program at TCL
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible for federal student financial aid
  • Be working on his or her first college degree AND
  • Meet at least one of the following eligibility requirements:
    • Be a first-generation college student (neither parent has a four-year college degree or the custodial parent in a single-parent family does not have a four-year college degree) OR
    • Currently reside in an economically disadvantaged household (TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) will help you determine if you meet this criterion) OR
    • Have a documented disability verified by a licensed or certified professional (physician, LPC, LCSW, etc.).

Application Procedures

Applications are required for consideration to participate. Obtain an application from the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) office, Building 2 room 248 on the Beaufort Mather Campus, or access here. Mail completed applications to Technical College of the Lowcountry, TRIO Student Support Services, 921 Ribaut Road, P.O. Box 1288, Beaufort, SC 29901-1288.

Tutoring Services

Tutoring Services are offered free of charge to currently enrolled students. Tutors are available to assist students in a variety of ways to meet academic needs, and are committed to ensuring this support enhances the student’s academic experience. More information can be found by visiting Tutoring Center locations at either the Beaufort Mather or New River campuses or at www.tcl.edu/tutoring.


Part 7: Academic Processes and Regulations


Academic Achievement Recognition Academic Calendar Academic Forgiveness Academic Freedom
Academic Honesty Academic Load Attendance Academic Grievance
Auditing a Course Cancellation of Classes Left Blank Intentionally Change of Major/Pathway 
Course Substitutions Credit Hours English Fluency - Faculty and Tutors Final Exams
General Education Requirements Grades Graduation Intellectual Property Rights
Independent Study Physcial Exams & Health Insurance Pre-gateway Coursework Prerequisites
Schedule Change Repeating Coursework Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Testing Center
Transfer of Credit Withdrawal    

Academic Achievement Recognition

Semester Honors

The College honors those students who have achieved high academic standards by naming them to the following honors lists:

President’s List

Students who earn a minimum of 12 semester credit hours and have achieved a term GPA of 4.0 will be named to the President’s List for that term. Students earning a grade of “I” in any course in a term will not be eligible for the President’s List for that term.

Vice President’s List

Students who earn a minimum of 12 semester credit hours and have achieved a term GPA of 3.55 to 3.99 will be named to the Vice President’s list for that term. Students earning a grade of “I” in any course in a term will not be eligible for the Vice President’s List for that term.

Honors List

Part-time students who earn a minimum of six semester credit hours and have achieved a term GPA of 3.5 or greater will be placed on the Honors List.

Graduation Honors

Graduation honors are awarded only to students in programs with at least 30 required semester credit hours. Students will graduate with academic honors based on their cumulative GPA.

Summa Cum Laude  4.0 Cumulative GPA
Magna Cum Laude 3.75 - 3.99 Cumulative GPA
Cum Laude 3.50 - 3.74 Cumulative GPA

Academic Calendar

Summer 2023

Summer I (10 Wk)

Summer II (8 Wk)

Registration Opens

Mar. 27

Mar. 27

Priority Financial Aid Processing Deadline for FAFSA Submission and File Completion

Apr. 1

Apr. 1

Priority Financial Aid Processing Deadline for Student Loan Request

Apr. 15

Apr. 15

Senior Citizen Registration

May 8-11

May 30-Jun. 1

Last Day to Register

May 11

Jun. 1

Tuition Payment Deadline

May 11

Jun. 1

Classes Begin

May 15

Jun. 5

Section Swap and Drop

May 15-17

Jun. 5-6

Memorial Day - College Closed, Mon., May 29

Summer Graduation Application Deadline - Jul. 1

Independence Day Holiday - College Closed, Tues., Jul. 4

Classes End

Jul. 25

Jul. 25

Final Exams

Jul. 26-27

Jul. 26-27

Fall 2023

Fall

Fall I (1st 7 Wk)

Fall III (10 Wk)

Fall II (2nd 7 Wk)

Registration Opens

Mar. 27

Mar. 27

Mar. 27

Mar. 27

Priority Financial Aid Processing Deadline for FAFSA Submission and File Completion

Apr. 1

Apr. 1

Apr. 1

Apr. 1

Priority Financial Aid Processing Deadline for Student Loan Request

Apr. 15

Apr. 15

Apr. 15

Apr. 15

Senior Citizen Registration

Aug. 9-14

Aug. 9-14

Sep. 19-21

Oct. 5-9

Last Day to Register

Aug. 14

Aug. 14

Sep. 21

Oct. 9

Tuition Payment Deadline

Aug. 14

Aug. 14

Sep. 21

Oct. 9

Classes Begin

Aug. 16

Aug. 16

Sep. 25

Oct. 11

Section Swap and Drop

Aug. 16-22

Aug. 16-17

Sep. 25-27

Oct. 11-12

Labor Day - College Closed, Mon., Sep. 4

Fall Graduation Application Deadline - Oct. 2

Election Day-No Classes, Tue., Nov. 8

Thanksgiving - No Classes, Wed., Nov. 22; College Closed, Thurs., Nov. 23-Fri., Nov. 24

Classes End

Dec. 6

Oct. 10

Dec. 6

Dec. 6

Final Exams

Dec. 7-11

Oct. 10

Dec. 7-11

Dec. 7-11

Winter Break - College Closed, Dec. 19, 2022-Jan. 1, 2024

Spring 2024

Spring

Spring I (1st 7 Wk)

Spring III (10 Wk)

Spring II (2nd 7 Wk)

Registration Opens

Oct. 9, 2023

Oct. 9, 2023

Oct. 9, 2023

Oct. 9, 2023

Priority Financial Aid Processing Deadline for FAFSA Submission and File Completion

Nov. 1, 2023

Nov. 1, 2023

Nov. 1, 2023

Nov. 1, 2023

Priority Financial Aid Processing Deadline for Student Loan Request

Nov. 21, 2022

Nov. 15, 2023

Nov. 15, 2023

Nov. 15, 2023

Senior Citizen Registration

Jan. 3-5

Jan. 3-5

Jan. 30-Feb. 2

Feb. 21-27

Last Day to Register

Jan. 4

Jan. 4

Feb. 12

Feb. 29

Tuition Payment Deadline

Jan. 4

Jan. 4

Feb. 12

Feb. 29

Classes Begin

Jan. 8

Jan. 8

Feb. 14

Mar. 4

Section Swap and Drop

Jan. 8-12

Jan. 8-9

Feb. 14-16

Mar. 4-5

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - College Closed, Mon., Jan. 15

Spring Graduation Application Deadline - Mar. 1

Spring Break - No Classes, Mon., Mar. 11-Fri., Mar. 15

Classes End

Apr. 30

Mar. 1

Apr. 30

Apr. 30

Final Exams

May 1-3

Mar. 1

May 1-3

May 1-3

Graduation - Fri., May 10

Academic Forgiveness

Academic Forgiveness provides students who are re-enrolling at the college an opportunity to have a prior poor academic record forgiven. An approved Academic Forgiveness request means the prior academic record will remain on the student’s transcript but the credits and the grade points are not carried forward as a part of the continuing academic record. A student considering Academic Forgiveness must submit a written request to the Registrar’s office before the end of the re-enrollment term. If approved, the student’s academic records will be adjusted and annotated. Application of Academic Forgiveness may affect a student’s financial aid, particularly, federal aid. It is a student’s responsibility to determine the consequences of applying for Academic Forgiveness.

Conditions for Applying for Academic Forgiveness:

  • Academic Forgiveness is available only to students upon re-entry to The College and must be requested.
  • Academic Forgiveness can be applied only once in a student’s career at The College. A minimum of three (3) years must have elapsed between the end of the term in which the student was last enrolled and the term in which the student is currently enrolled.
  • Academic Forgiveness applies only to the course work taken before the term of re-enrollment. Academic Forgiveness does not affect the grades earned after re-enrollment.
  • If a student has been awarded a certificate, diploma, or degree, Academic Forgiveness cannot be applied to those courses.

Academic Freedom

To ensure that an instructional program is marked by excellence, it is the policy of The College to support and defend academic freedom. In the development of knowledge, research endeavors, and creative activities, faculty and students must be free to cultivate a spirit of inquiry and scholarly criticism. The faculty members are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subject, but they should be careful not to introduce into their teaching matters which have no relation to the subject being taught. Faculty and students must be able to examine ideas in an atmosphere of freedom and confidence and participate as responsible citizens in community affairs. The College also recognizes that every freedom carries with its attendant responsibilities. Faculty members must fulfill their responsibilities to society and their profession by manifesting academic competence, professional discretion, and good citizenship. When faculty members speak or write as a citizen, they will be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but their special position in the community imposes special obligations. As professional educators, they must remember that the public may judge their profession and their institution by their utterances. Hence, they should at all times be accurate, exercise appropriate restraint, show respect for the opinions of others, and make efforts to indicate that they are not speaking for the institution. At no time shall the principles of academic freedom prevent the institution from making proper efforts to assure the best possible instruction for all students with the objectives of the institution.

Academic Honesty

The College expects students to conduct themselves with dignity and to maintain high standards of responsible citizenship. Academic dishonesty at the College will not be tolerated.

The College adheres to the Student Code for the South Carolina Technical College System. Copies of the Student Code and Grievance Procedure are provided in this Student Handbook, the Division Office, and the Learning Resources Center and are available on the College’s website at www.TCL.edu.

Academic Load

The course schedule for a full-time student may range from 12-18 semester credit hours for each Fall and Spring semester. During the Summer semester, 9-12 semester credit hours create a full-time academic load. If a student wishes to carry an academic load of more than 18 semester credit hours per fall/spring semester, or more than 12 semester credit hours in the summer semester, the student should be referred by their Navigator/faculty advisor to the appropriate Division Dean for consideration. The Dean will evaluate the student’s ability to complete the work demanded by the academic load resulting in a grade of “C” or higher in each course. Approval or disapproval will be noted on the student’s record before completing the registration process.

Academic Grievance Procedure

Attendance

The College expects students to complete all course requirements. Class attendance is integral to academic success. Absences disrupt a student’s academic progress, contribute to poor academic performance, and significantly diminish the quality of group interaction. Students are expected to attend class on time and to remain in class for the duration. Faculty are required to verify attendance on a specified day to capture census reporting data as required to comply with federal financial aid regulations. Students that have not attended class by the census reporting date will be reported as a “never attends” and administratively removed from the course.

Students are responsible for making up the work missed during any absence. If it becomes necessary to withdraw from a course(s) or the college, it is the student’s responsibility to complete the college’s approved withdrawal process.

Some programs with accreditation requirements may have a stricter attendance policy. Exceptions to the general policy must be approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) or his/her designee and must be printed in the course syllabus.

Auditing a Course

A student who audits a course attends all class sessions but does not receive a grade or credit.  Course audits require the approval of the course instructor and the Division Dean. Audit students may not be held responsible for tests and other class assignments and do not participate in lab activities.  Applicants must meet admission requirements, complete and submit The College’s Application for Admission and pay all applicable tuition and fees. Audit students are charged the same tuition rate as credit students. Audit status must be declared at the time of registration with the Student Records Office and no later than the end of the schedule change (add/drop) period for the semester. Financial aid programs and the Veterans Administration do not provide funds for auditing classes.

Cancellation of Classes

The College reserves the right to adjust the published schedule including the cancellation of any class if deemed necessary and appropriate. Students will be notified via their College email account.

Change of Major/Pathway 

A student who wishes to change curriculum programs (major), including a change within the same division, must complete and submit a Change of Major form. Students must meet with their Navigator/new faculty advisor to ascertain that admissions requirements for the new major have been met. Students receiving financial assistance or Veterans benefits should inform the Financial Assistance Office or Veterans Services Office of the change of major. Upon successful completion of the change of major process, students will be admitted to the new program of study. Students taking courses out of their declared major are responsible for the cost associated with their courses as they do not qualify for financial aid benefits.

Course Substitutions

Students may request a course substitution by contacting their faculty advisor. Written approval of the Division Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs is necessary for a student to receive credit for courses other than those listed in the student’s program curriculum.

Credit Hours

Courses offered for credit will adhere to the federal definition of a credit hour. The federal definition of the Credit Hour: a credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates. Students should plan for the amount of work required:  

  • Not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time, OR
  • At least an equivalent amount of work as required outlined above for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.
  • Courses offered in a hybrid-mode or asynchronous (online) modality must have the same learning outcomes as the same course offered in a traditional classroom.

English Fluency of Faculty and Tutors

Purpose

English fluency of full-time and adjunct faculty is carefully screened during the hiring process to determine if they are proficient in the use of the English language. The College’s procedure ensures that all permanent and adjunct faculty, whose first language is other than English and who teach one or more courses, possess adequate proficiency in both the written and spoken English language and that appropriate response is given to student complaints about an instructor’s English fluency.

Procedure

Applicants for permanent and adjunct faculty vacancies will proceed through the College’s normal screening process with an assessment based on standard job-related criteria to include perceived written and oral communication abilities.

If an applicant becomes a finalist for a faculty position but his/her written or oral proficiency is judged by the Interview Committee to require further evaluation, then the applicant will be referred to an English Fluency Evaluation Committee. The committee will ensure that an English Fluency Evaluation is made through the performance of at least the following minimum proficiency exercises: a) Provide a written response of at least one page to an essay question concerning either teaching methods or the academic discipline or b) conduct an oral instructional presentation related to the subject area with at least half the presentation using the lecture method.

The Interview Committee, assigned by the President for each vacancy, will also serve as the English Fluency Evaluation Committee. The committee will ensure that appropriate procedures are used to provide a favorable environment for the exercises in addition to controls and security to ensure independent and original work by the applicant. The applicant must be evaluated by committee consensus to be proficient in both minimum proficiency exercises.

Standardized tests or other valid proficiency testing instruments may be used only to corroborate the result of the minimum proficiency exercises.

Student Complaint

A student who files a complaint regarding the English fluency of an instructor must do so in writing.

Within 30 calendar days, the instructor will be referred to the English Fluency Evaluation Committee as appointed by the President or his/her designee for a proficiency evaluation using the exercises outlined in the procedure.

An instructor who is judged proficient by the committee will continue teaching assignments without any further action. However, if student complaints continue or the supervisor determines a continuing fluency/communication deficiency exists, appropriate actions can be initiated.

A permanent instructor judged deficient by the committee will be given one academic term to develop sufficient skills to be judged proficient. If during the term the instructor has not shown evidence of satisfactory progress in overcoming the deficiency, the instructor may be terminated.

An adjunct instructor judged deficient by the committee may be terminated immediately.

An annual report will be submitted by June 30 of each year to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. The summary report will indicate the total number of student complaints involving faculty English fluency and the resolution of each complaint.

Final Exams

Exams are scheduled for every course at a specific time. The Exam Schedule is available each semester on the College website.

General Education Requirements

Students graduating from an associate degree program at the College can:

Possess proficiency in communication skills

  • Produce written documents using standard English and citations appropriate to discipline OR
  • Produce oral or visual presentations using standard English and appropriate citations

Demonstrate the ability to reason critically

  • Understand and apply mathematical techniques or scientific method
  • Use mathematics to solve problems appropriate to the discipline
  • Develop conclusions based on data analysis and supporting information

Develop context for communicating an understanding of personal and social responsibility

  • Communicate an understanding of social issues within historical and cultural context OR
  • Communicate an understanding of social issues within a behavioral and personal context

Demonstrate information literacy

  • Use resources to find, organize and integrate information from reliable sources
  • Use citations appropriate to the discipline

For all Associate Degrees, a minimum of 15 hours of general education will be required. Students are required to take one course from each of the areas listed below and two additional electives from the Humanities/Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Sciences, or Natural Science/Mathematics areas. Students work with their Navigator or faculty advisor to ensure the selected courses apply to degree program.

Humanities/Fine Arts Social/Behavioral Sciences Natural Science/Mathematics
ART
ENG
HIS
MUS
PHI
THE
ANT
ECO
GEO
PSC
PSY
SOC
BIO
CHM
MAT
PHY

Grades

The College operates on a quality point system that is dependent on grades earned. Grades assign a rating for the quality of work in a course. Semester hour credits represent the number of credit hours for which the student registers during a semester. The grade earned determines the number of quality points per credit hour. Each grade has a grade-point equivalent. The Grade Point Average (GPA) equals the sum of quality points earned divided by the number of credit hours carried. Prerequisite course(s) must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.

The following grades are recorded on transcripts and grade records at The College.

A Excellent: “A” indicates achievement of distinction and generates 4 quality points.

Above Average: “B” indicates above-average achievement and generates 3 quality points.

Average: “C” indicates average achievement and generates 2 quality points.

Below Average: “D” indicates below-average achievement and generates 1 quality point.

Failure: “F” indicates unsatisfactory achievement and generates 0 quality points.

Incomplete: The grade “I” represents incomplete work. “I” does not affect GPA calculation; however, an “I” defaults to “F” automatically after one semester (See “F”) if course requirements are not satisfactorily completed. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements to complete the course requirements within the prescribed time limit. The instructor submits a grade change form to Student Records.  The instructor provides documentation including a record of attendance, current grades, and record of any communication with the students about the assignment of the incomplete grade. The Division Dean must approve the assignment of an incomplete grade.

Withdrawal: “W” indicates a withdrawn course status and earns no credit hours or grade points (non-punitive).

Satisfactory: “S” indicates satisfactory progress in externships, internships, and/or Continuing Education courses. It earns credit hours or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and does not generate quality points.

Unsatisfactory: “U” indicates unsatisfactory progress in externships, internships, and/or Continuing Education courses. It does not earn credit hours or CEUs and does not generate quality points.

Exempt: “E” indicates an exemption course status and is awarded for The College courses which students have been permitted to exempt as a result of testing, equivalent work experience, or other educational experience. It earns credit hours but no quality points.

AU Audit: “AU” indicates an audit course status, and earns no credit hours or quality points. Audit status in a course is declared when the student registers for that course or during the schedule change (add/drop) period. Audited courses do not qualify for financial aid.

TR Transfer: “TR” indicates a transfer course status and is given for allowable comparable College credits earned at other colleges or universities. It earns credit hours but no quality points.

NR No Report: “NR” indicates a no report status for grades. On receipt of grades, the NR will be replaced with the earned grade. It earns no credit hours or quality points.

NC No Credit: “NC” indicates insufficient mastery of content in developmental studies (“0” level courses) to progress to subsequent levels. It earns no credit hours or quality points (non-punitive).

Grade Reports

Grade report information will be available to students as soon as possible following the end of the semester. Students use Self Service to view and print grades. Official transcript copies may be ordered online. Students are encouraged to carefully review their grade information and report any errors to the instructor. Any submissions for grade changes due to clerical errors must be submitted within one calendar year of the semester’s end date in which the grade was assigned. Grade reports will not be released for students owing the College past due funds.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Types of Grade Point Averages

Cumulative GPA is a calculation of the average of all final course grades a student has earned at The College. It is used to determine honor graduate status. It is also used along with the term GPA to determine satisfactory academic progress.

Term GPA is a calculation of the average of all final grades a student has earned in a specific term. It is used to determine the President’s, Vice President’s, and Honors Lists each term. It is also used along with cumulative GPA to determine satisfactory academic progress.

GPA Computation

GPA computation includes grades of “A, B, C, D, and F.” Other ‘grades’ do not generate credit hours or quality points. The table shows the computation of a GPA.

 

GPA: Total Number of Quality Points ÷ Credit Hours

Course

Semester Credit Hours (SCH)

Grade

Quality Points per SCH

Total Quality Points Earned

ENG 101 

3

B

3

9

SPA 101 

4

A

4

16

ECO 211 

3

C

2

6

CPT 170 

3

D

1

3

TOTAL

13

—–

——

34

GPA: Total Number of Quality Points ÷ Credit Hours 34 ÷ 13 = 2.62

Note: See Repeated Course work for additional information.

Graduation

Graduation requirements vary according to the curriculum. Students are responsible for fulfilling the requirements outlined in their curriculum pathway (major). An associate degree, diploma, or certificate will be awarded to students who have satisfactorily completed the required program of study. Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in all courses, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0, their curriculum, to qualify for any degree, diploma, or certificate of completion award from The College.

Graduation Application deadlines are published each semester by the Student Records Office. Students must complete and submit an Application for Graduation available at the Student Records Office and the Academic Division Offices. Academic advisors will review the graduation requirements with the student. If a student can complete all course requirements during the term, the academic advisor may approve the application and forward it to the Division Dean. If the student cannot be scheduled to complete all requirements for graduation during the term, the academic advisor and the student will develop a plan for program completion.

Students using student loan funds must complete exit counseling at www.studentloans.gov.

Intellectual Property Rights for Students

Students have exclusive ownership of intellectual property developed on their own time and at their own expense, including the products of course assignments, subject to a written agreement with external parties. The College shall have ownership of intellectual property developed by the student if the College funded development of the property, or if the College and the student entered into an agreement for the College to have ownership of the property, or to purchase the property upon completion of the development.

Independent Study

An Independent study is a contract between the student and the academic division allowing the student to undertake and earn credit for specific learning activities outside of the classroom. Tuition and fees are assessed for independent studies. The Division Dean may assign an appropriate faculty member to work with the student or deny the request. The proposal must be approved and learning activities begin before the end of the schedule change period (add/drop).

Before the first day of class, the student may give a written request to the Division Dean requesting permission to undertake an independent study of a course in the curriculum.

The proposal must include a cover page available in the Division Office; a set of learning objectives; a calendar of student activities and checkpoints for progress during the semester; an explanation of methods of evaluation; and a copy of the student’s transcript.

The instructor and student will sign the proposal. The Dean may approve, sign and forward the proposal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs or deny the proposal. Once approved, the course will be added to the student’s schedule. All tuition and fees must be paid before the start of any learning activities.

Physical Exams & Health Insurance

If a student plans to enroll in a Health Sciences program, a physical examination by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner is required by the published deadline. Failure to maintain updated physical information and health/medical coverage will result in withdrawal from the program.

Pre-Gateway Coursework

Pre-gateway classes carry institutional credit for administrative purposes such as calculating student course load and computing tuition. Courses numbered below 100 generate credits that do not apply toward an academic certificate, diploma, or degree and will not generate grade points for use in GPA calculation. Courses COL 103, RDG 100, ENG 100, MAT 101, MAT 102, and MAT 108 generate credit hours and affect the GPA but do not count toward graduation in any certificate, diploma, or degree program

Students enrolled in Pre-Gateway courses must show satisfactory academic progress. Enrollment in Pre-Gateway courses numbered 012, 032, or 100 is limited to a maximum of 30 semester hours. Exceptions may be granted if students meet the College’s Satisfactory Academic Progress and have the appropriate approval.

Students registered for 0-level and 100-level classes are required to register for COL 103. Both courses will be taken in the same semester. Students qualifying for a reading course at any level must take that course during the first semester at the College.

Prerequisite/Progression Criteria

Any course noted as a prerequisite for another course must have successful completion with a grade of “C” or better to allow a student’s progression to the subsequent course.

Schedule Change Period (Section Swap Period)

Students may make the following schedule changes during the schedule change period of each semester’s session:

Swap - students may change sections of the same course (e.g., change from ENG 101- 21 to ENG 101- 82). Students are responsible for making up all coursework missed as a result of changing sections. To change sections of a course, students must contact their division dean.

Drop - students may drop a course which will result in the course being removed from the student’s schedule and transcript. Students who drop during the refund period will receive a tuition refund of either 100% or 50% based on the date the course is dropped. However, students are still responsible for the payment of all course fees.

To drop a course, students must e-mail their instructor from their college e-mail account (@TCL.edu) requesting to be dropped from the course. Students should contact Financial Aid before dropping a course to determine any impact on their aid.

Section Swap Period

Actual Section Swap dates for each semester are available in the Academic Calendar. 

 

Fall and Spring Semester

Summer Term

Full Session

First 5 days of classes

First 3 days of classes

Mini-session

First 2 days of classes

First 2 days of classes

 

 

 

 

 

Repeating a Course

When a student repeats a course taken at the College and the course and prior enrollment are still active in the computer system, the highest grade earned in that course will be used in the calculation of the student’s GPA. Taking a course more than two times may have implications for students who receive financial assistance.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

The College follows State Board Technical and Comprehensive Education Procedure 3-2-105.1 which states: A semester/term and cumulative grade point average (GPA) shall be used at each technical college to determine satisfactory academic standing. Students who fall below this standard will be subject to institutional intervention strategies.

Students’ academic standings are assessed and updated at the end of each term of enrollment. Any grade changes received after the academic standings have been determined are not assessed until the end of the next term of enrollment unless the student petitions the Registrar’s Office.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

The College follows State Board Technical and Comprehensive Education Procedure 3-2-105.1 which states: A semester/term and cumulative grade point average (GPA) shall be used at each technical college to determine satisfactory academic standing. Students who fall below this standard will be subject to institutional intervention strategies.

Students’ academic standings are assessed and updated at the end of each term of enrollment. Any grade changes received after the academic standings have been determined are not assessed until the end of the next term of enrollment unless the student petitions the Registrar’s Office.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Credit Students

Good Standing: Students whose term and cumulative GPA are above 2.0 are in good standing for the following semester.

Probation: Students whose term GPA and cumulative GPA are below 2.0 will be placed on probationary status for the next term of attendance.

Continued Probation: Students whose term GPA is above 2.0, indicating progress, but whose cumulative GPA is below 2.0 will be placed on continued probation for the next term of attendance.

Suspension: Students who fail to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 following three consecutive semesters of probation will be suspended for a minimum of one semester.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Career Development Students

A Career Development student is not pursuing an associate degree, diploma, or certificate but would like to take curriculum courses for personal advancement or occupational upgrading. Career Development/Non-Degree Seeking students are subject to the same standards of academic progress as students enrolled in degree programs.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Pre-Gateway Studies Students

Students enrolled in one or more pre-gateway courses are evaluated by the same satisfactory academic progress standards as credit students. Students enrolled only in pre-gateway courses must maintain satisfactory academic progress as measured by a grade of “C” or higher. Progress is measured by Arts and Sciences Division requirements in mathematics, reading, and writing/English.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Recipients

In addition to the College’s standards of progress, students receiving Federal financial and/or State financial assistance must meet all Financial Aid standards of progress.

Testing Center

The Testing Center provides services for students to complete a variety of tests including, but not limited to, placement testing (ACCUPLACER), specialized tests such as the nursing entrance test, CLEP, and Pearson VUE, as well as tests associated with online or web-enhanced courses. See the College website at www.TCL.edu/admissions/placement-testing or call the Testing Center at 843-470-8400 for additional information on hours and services. Testing after hours is available by appointment.

Transfer of Credit

A list of approved transferable courses is available at www.sctrac.org. The College is neither liable for nor bound by any erroneous re-creation and/or publication of TCL articulation and transfer information produced by other institutions. The College reserves the right to correct any errors that may have been made regarding the transfer of credit.

Withdrawal

Withdrawal from a Course

It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw from a course. Withdrawing from class may result in a financial obligation to the College and have consequences associated with financial aid.  Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Financial Aid and/or Navigator/faculty advisor before withdrawing from any class, particularly if the student is currently on academic or financial aid warning or probation. Withdraws may be completed in Self-Service.

See Attendance for related information.

Withdrawal from the College

The student must withdraw from all courses for which they are registered and settle all financial obligations to the College. See Withdrawal information.



Part 8: Clubs and Organizations

Alpha Lambda Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa

The purpose of Alpha Lambda Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is to promote scholarship, the development of leadership and service, and cultivation of fellowship among qualified students of this college. Contact Jim Daniels, jdaniels@tcl.edu, or Greg Mauriocourt, gmauriocourt@tcl.edu for more information.

CIS Student Club

For all students enrolled in the Culinary, Hospitality and Baking & Pastry Programs, the CIS Student Club strives to foster the importance of the Hospitality, Culinary and Baking & Pastry Arts in our community, promoting teamwork and community awareness through joint effort in events, volunteerism, and promotion. Community Outreach Involvement in activities to strengthen volunteer efforts and local engagement. Contact Nina Gibbs, ngibbs@tcl.edu, for more information.

Gamma Phi Gamma: Criminal Justice Student Association

The purpose of the Gama Phi Gama is to educate the TCL students on the possible careers in the Criminal Justice field and to provide information to eligible participants’ opportunities for scholarship and scholastic awards offered through the national office and various entities within the community specified for Criminal Justice. CJSA also strives to help promote & develop student involvement on campus and through community projects and to develop a network through the academic and practitioner fields in criminal justice. Contact Michael Ricks at mricks@tcl.edu for more information.

Games Club

Members of the Games Club believe in building connections with others through playing video games, board games and tabletop RPG games. The Games Club will provide support & social engagement through games while providing members with the means to make quick assessments, boost morale, discourage discrimination and overcome obstacles while building up themselves, others & community through positive experiences.  Contact Jazzmyne Weiss at jweiss@tcl.edu for more information.

GLAAD To Be Seen

GLAAD To Be Seen!! is an organization founded on five basic principles. Educate those within both our local and college community on matters that pertain to us and our experiences. Advocate for social change and changes within our local and college communities. Collaborate with those across our campus and local communities. Support one another in our fight for equality. Inclusion is key to supporting not only each other, but those with shared experiences.  Contact Jamie Rivers at jnrivers@tcl.edu for more information.

G.L.A.M. (Girls. Leaders. Advocates. Mentors)

Our goal for G.L.A.M. is to provide female students of TCL with powerful leadership and advocate skills. It is our plan to use a series of workshops and seminars to teach young women valuable skills such as interview skills, professionalism, communication skills, and professional conduct and dress. Once those skills have been acquired, the students will be challenged to take those skills and use them in real world settings by participating in community service and outreach community activities. There will also be fun activities that will aim to build self-esteem, confidence, teamwork, and trust amongst members.  Contact Jamie Rivers at jnrivers@tcl.edu for more information.

ManUp (Mentoring and Nurturing Unlimited Potential)

Members of ManUp believe in mentoring peers and nurturing their unlimited potential.  ManUp provides unconditional support through education and social engagement, equipping members with the ability to identify, and overcome, obstacles while becoming diligent members of their community and workforce. Contact Jamie Rivers at jnrivers@tcl.edu for more information.

PTA (Physical Therapist Assistant) Club

The TCL Physical therapist assistant (PTA) club embodies the mission of the physical therapy profession to TCL students. The club focuses on fostering personal and social responsibility through group meetings, community outreach, and professional development events. Contact Kari Canfield at kcanfield@tcl.edu, or Kara Santana at ksantana@tcl.edu for more information.

Science Club, “It’s for Everyone”

The Science Club strives to foster the importance of scientific learning and education. This can be done through virtual or hands-on learning when available. The Science Club is driven to promote group learning through joint effort in different courses that include science. Inclusiveness is not limited to science, any and all disciplines are welcome! We are also committed in community activities to strengthen volunteer efforts and local engagement.  Contact Stacee Phillips at sphillips@tcl.edu for more information.

Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors represent the college and our vision at various outreach activities, campus tours and events. See all the details and the application here.

Student Government Association (SGA)

Student Government Association (SGA) coordinates and promotes participation in student activities, maintains communication between students and administration, encourages social development, and stimulates good citizenship and democracy among students. See all the details here.

Student veterans of America (SVA)

The main goal SVA is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed at the College. See all the details here



Part 9: Campus Safety and Security

Campus Emergency Children on Campus Hazzardous Weather
Insurance Coverage Safety/Security Manual and Emergency Response Plan Sexual Assult Policy
Student Photo Identification    

The mission of the Security Department at the College is to serve and protect the people and property at all campus locations to ensure a safe and secure educational environment that encourages personal and intellectual growth. To accomplish this mission, our primary activity is to perform visible and continuous patrols of campus properties so that we are available to our students, staff and guests, to perform safety and security services and to deter crime. Each officer is expected to carry out the duties of their assignment with courtesy, consideration, empathy, self-control, impartiality, and honesty. The department will work cooperatively with all others in the community to establish mutual trust and respect. ​

Campus Emergency

The College’s Emergency Response Plan provides guidelines and processes for planning and responding to campus emergencies. Individuals, who have information regarding an unusual occurrence or emergency on campus that may affect the college, should immediately contact College Security.

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY, NOTIFY:    

  1. Dial 9-1-1 (9-9-1-1 from a campus phone).
  2. Then alert TCL Security at:
Beaufort: 843.525.8301
New River: 843.470.6006
Hampton: 843.812.8262
Culinary Institute of the South: 843.305.8578

   3. Then alert the Business office at 843.525.8249

IN A NON-EMERGENCY SITUATION WHERE SECURITY IS NEEDED:

   1. Call TCL Security at:

Beaufort: 843.525.8301
New River: 843.470.6006
Hampton: 843.812.8262
Culinary Institute of the South: 843.305.8578

    2. Then alert the Business office at 843.525.8249

Children on Campus

To promote an environment conducive to teaching and learning and to ensure that children are not left unattended or disrupt college classes or services, faculty, staff, and students shall not bring children to work or class even if the children are being watched by someone else while the employee is working or the student is in class. The College cannot assume the responsibility for the supervision of children of faculty, staff, or students.

Hazardous Weather

Information regarding closings and cancellations due to hazardous weather will be posted on the website at www.TCL.edu. Local TV and radio stations will also be notified. Students will be enrolled in the College’s text alert system and are strongly encouraged to remain active participants. Visit www.TCL.edu/text-alert.

Insurance Coverage

Every precaution possible is taken to ensure the safety of students. Curriculum students are automatically provided with accident insurance coverage. Students are covered to and from classes on campus only and while engaged in any regular school program. Claims must be filed within 90 days of the accident. Accident insurance information may be obtained from the Vice President for Student Affairs at 843 525-8215.

Safety/Security Manual and Emergency Response Plan

The safety/security manual and emergency response plan may be found on the College website.

Sexual Assault Policy

The College maintains a security staff during all normal business hours, evening hours, and weekend hours when classes are in session or as activities dictate. Security may be contacted by cellular telephone at 843 525-8301 or, if no answer, at 843 986-6971. The City of Beaufort Police Department and county Sheriff Offices are also available for emergency response by dialing 911. During regular business hours, accidents, crimes or other incidents may be reported directly to the Vice President for Administrative Services at 843 525-8249. The Vice President for Administrative Services maintains communication with security, local police and other emergency personnel and will contact them as needed. However, if an incident involves personal injury, fire or other threat of injury or personal safety, it should be reported immediately to local emergency personnel. If the available telephone is a pay phone, dial 911. If it is a College telephone, dial 9, then 911. Report also to campus security, the business office or the nearest college official or instructor as soon as possible. The College reserves the right to exclude persons exhibiting disruptive or inappropriate behavior from the campus. In situations where a person who has been asked to leave by college officials or security personnel refuses to do so, the local police will be called.

Student Photo Identification

For security purposes, students are required to carry their college identification card on campus, or when participating in college activities. Student photo ID cards may be obtained with the Student Records and Admissions department.



Part 10: Student Code and Institutional Complaint Process

Student Code  Student Grievance Procedure  Title IX Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Drug and Alcohol Possession and Consumption Violations

Student Code for the South Carolina Technical College System SBTCE 3-2-106.1

Details surrounding Student Code including: purpose, principles, solutions to problems, definitions, student code, student rights, student responsibilities, student conduct regulations, and student disciplinary procedures are found at sctechsystem.edu

The Student Grievance Procedure for The South Carolina Technical College System SBTCE 3-2-106

Details surrounding Student Code including: purpose, definitions, grievance process, and appeal process are found at sctechsystem.edu

Title IX Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in any federally funded education program or activity.  All federal agencies that provide funding for any education or training programs have new responsibilities in ensuring that their recipients comply with the nondiscrimination mandate of Title IX and its procedural requirements by establishing a method for receiving and resolving sex-based discrimination complaints.

Who is protected?

Title IX protects students, employees, and applicants for admission, and employment from all forms of sex discrimination, including discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity. All students are protected - regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, part-or full-time status, disability, race, or national origin - in all aspects of a recipient’s education programs and activities.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality will always be maintained to the fullest extent possible.  However, the confidentiality of the allegation and identity of the complainant cannot be guaranteed because fairness to the individual accused must be considered, as well as, the safety and welfare of all members of the college community, and may require the disclosure of the allegation and identity of the complainant to the community.

Local, State, and National Resources
  • Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, Beaufort, SC (Rape Crisis) 843-525-6699
  • CODA Beaufort, SC Victims of Domestic Violence, 843-770-1070
  • SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault 803-256-2900
  • DoD Safe Helpline (Military) 877-995-5247
  • Title IX Coordinator (Students):  Rodney Adams, Associate Vice President Student Affairs, Building 2 #227, radams@tcl.edu, 843-525-8219
  • Title IX Coordinator (Human Resources):  Jennifer Ridenhour, Director of Human Resources, Building 3 #104, jridenhour@tcl.edu, 843-525-8248
Student Code Procedures for Addressing Alleged Acts to Sexual Violence and Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment SBTCE 3-2-106.2

Details surrounding Student Code including: procedural overview, definitions, sanctions, formal resolution process, appeal process, informal resolution/mediatin process, hearing committee, and confidentiality and privacy procedures are found at sctechsystem.edu.

Amnesty for Drug and Alcohol Possession and Consumption Violations

Students are encouraged to report instances of sex-based discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual harassment or sexual assault involving students.  Therefore, students who report information about sex-based discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual harassment or sexual assault involving students will not be disciplined by the college for any violation of the college’s drug or alcohol possession or consumption policies in which they might have engaged in connection with the report.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

The Technical College of the Lowcountry recognizes that chemical dependency through the use of controlled or uncontrolled substances, including alcohol, is a treatable illness. The College supports and recommends employee and student rehabilitation and assistance programs and encourages employees and students to use such programs. All locations will also implement drug-free awareness programs for employees and students.

Such programs will annually ensure that employees and students are aware that:

  1. Alcohol and other drug abuse at the workplace and in the educational setting is dangerous because it leads to physical impairment, loss of judgment, safety violations, and the risk of injury, poor health, or even death. Health risks and effects of controlled substances and alcohol will be provided to students and employees. Not only can they be dangerous, but they are also forbidden and should remain off school grounds.
  2. Alcohol and other drug abuse can also significantly lower performance on the job and in the classroom, thus impacting the agency and the College mission as well as seriously affecting the student’s educational and career goals.
  3. Employees must report any personal conviction under a criminal drug statute, for conduct at the workplace, to their personnel officer within five days.
  4. It is a condition of employment and admission that all employees and students must abide by the policy on alcohol and other drug use as well as related procedures/statements/laws/guidelines. Violation of any provisions may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion respectively and may have further legal consequences consistent with federal and state laws and regulations. Additionally, management may require an employee or student to enter an employee/student assistance or drug rehabilitation program as a condition of employment or enrollment.
  5. Use of employee assistance programs (EAP), student assistance programs (SAP), or drug/alcohol rehabilitation services are encouraged.