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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 $6,108) from regions that have demonstrated a high default rate in paying tuition at TCC within the last 3 years. 
  • Students transferring from another U.S. school: Please complete a Transfer Form, in addition to the application. Form may be uploaded through the application or submitted by e-mail. 

Related Links

TCC Representatives Overseas:

Litz USA Student Services (Hong Kong)


Step 1. Apply

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

1. Apply Online using our secure web form. You must be at least 16 years old at the time of attendance.

2. Submit supporting documents using the Submit Supporting Documents form. Documents are no longer accepted by e-mail or fax.

  • Bank Statement in English showing $18,324 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.
  • Copy of High School or College Transcript in English
  • Copy of Passport Photo Page

3. Pay the $55 application fee (non-refundable) and the optional $75 courier fee*.

*Summer 2018 applications submitted May 1-15, 2018 are subject to a required $75 courier fee for overseas shipping.
*Fall 2018 applications submitted August 1-15, 2018 are
subject to a required $75 courier fee for overseas shipping.

How to pay fees:

  • At the time of online application submission
  • Check from an American bank
  • Money order from the postal service (not Western Union)
  • Bank draft/Cashier's check
  • Express Mail Courier Fee: View instructions

How to submit supporting documents:

  • Online form: Submit Supporting Documents
  • Mail to:
    Tacoma Community College
    International Programs
    6501 South 19th Street - Building 11, 2nd Flr.
    Tacoma, WA 98466 - USA

Additional Forms:


Step 2. Receive I-20 Form

After your complete application is received, an acceptance package will be created for you within two business days. This package contains a TCC acceptance letter, a consulate letter supporting your request for a student visa, and your I-20. Your I-20 is a very important document that confirms your acceptance as an international student in the U.S. You are required to present the complete admissions package to the U.S. consulate in your home country. Keep your documents safe! If you lose any of your documents, please notify us immediately.


Step 3. F-1 Visa Interview

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


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 U.S., you will need to show the immigration officer:

  • Your I-20 form
  • Your passport with a valid F-1 student visa

If you applied for homestay, contact the Housing Manager to complete the final steps of your homestay application and arrange airport pick-up.

Students who need airport pick-up must schedule their flights on one of the designated Plan to Arrive dates listed on our Dates & Deadlines page.  Remember to have the TCC international office phone number with you when you travel so that you can contact us if you have any problems. You can also 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 meet you soon! 

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