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The steps involved in beginning your studies at TCC are listed below. We have done our best to make the process as smooth and simple as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact the International Office with any questions you have about the application process. Thank you for applying to TCC! We look forward to meeting you.


  • TCC’s Pre-Payment Policy for International Students

In order to ensure that international applicants have the ability to finance their education in the U.S., Tacoma Community College (TCC) reserves the right to require pre-payment of 1/3 of annual tuition and fees (USD $5,770) from regions that have demonstrated a  high default rate in paying tuition at TCC within the last 3 years. 

  • SACM student applicants must provide 10-digit Misson ID number at the time of application.


Step 1. Apply

It is easy to apply to TCC! There are 3 simple steps:

  1. Apply Online using our secure web form
  2. Submit supporting documents by fax, mail, or email - Please use only one method to send your documents.
    1. Bank Statement in English showing $17,310 available for the first year of study – be sure to indicate your relationship to the person listed on the bank statement, as well as your name and date of birth.
    2. Copy of High School or College Transcript in English
  3. Pay the $55 application fee and the optional $75 courier fee*.

*Spring quarter applications submitted after February 1, 2014 are subject to a required $75 courier fee.

How to pay fees:

  • At the time of online application submission
  • Complete the credit card authorization form & e-mail it as an attachement
  • Check from an American bank
  • Money order from the postal service (not Western Union)
  • Bank draft/Cashier's check

How to send your bank statement and supporting documents:

  • Email
  • Fax: (001) 253.460.3935
  • Mail to:
    Tacoma Community College
    International Programs
    6501 South 19th Street - Building 11, 2nd Flr.
    Tacoma, WA 98466 - USA

Additional Forms:

Application Re-Issuance

  • 1st re-issuance = FREE
  • 2nd & final re-issuance = $25


Step 2. Receive I-20 Form

After we receive a complete application from you, we will send you an I-20 form within 2 workdays.  The I-20 is a document which says you have been accepted as a student at TCC.  The US consulate in your home country will require that you bring the I-20 to your F-1 visa interview.  We will also send you a consulate letter telling the consulate that we support your application to study in America. Keep your I-20 and consulate letter safe! If you lose your I-20, tell us immediately so that we can cancel it and send you a new one.


Step 3. F-1 Visa Interview

You will need to make an appointment for an interview at the US consular office nearest to your home.  The US government requires that all F-1 visa applicants do an interview and pay a SEVIS fee and a visa fee. The wait time for an interview varies from country to country. Check US State Department website to see how long you will have to wait for an interview and how to prepare for your visa application.


Step 4. Arrival in the USA

As soon as you receive your F-1 visa, please let us know so that we can plan for your arrival. When you enter the US, you will need to show the immigration officer:

  • Your I-20 form
  • Your passport with a valid F-1 or M-1 student visa
  • Your I-94 form (you will be given this form to fill out on the airplane)

If you applied for homestay, contact the Housing Coordinator to complete the final steps of your homestay application and to arrange airport pickup.

Students that need an airport pickup have to schedule their flights for one of the Plan to Arrive dates on our Important Dates page.  Remember to have the TCC International office’s phone numbers with you when you travel so that you can get a hold of us if you have any problems. You can find the office phone number on your I-20 form.


You have completed all the steps required to study at Tacoma Community College. We hope to see you soon! 

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