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No matter your goal, Tyler is a smart choice. Earn a career-focused credential in two years or less.  Or, spend two years at Tyler and transfer. 

Here’s how to become a Tyler student:

1. Submit an application.

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2. Plan for how you’ll pay for Tyler.

A college education is an important investment in your future, but you don’t have to break the bank pursuing your dreams.  Tyler offers several payment options, including:

  • A tuition payment plan
  • Financial aid
  • Work-study
  • Scholarships
  • Military and veterans benefits
  • Employer or third-party payment.

Learn more about these options at www.jtcc.edu/pay-for-tyler.

Using financial aid, scholarships and veterans education benefits to pay for Tyler requires you to plan ahead.  In some cases, applying early can even help you qualify for the maximum amount of aid. 

To apply for financial aid, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov using Tyler’s FAFSA code: 004004. You can apply as early as October for the next academic year. Learn more about the process and find important deadlines at www.jtcc.edu/financialaid.

The FAFSA is also a requirement for the 150+ scholarships offered annually to Tyler students through the John Tyler Community College Foundation. Learn more at www.jtcc.edu/scholarships.

Veterans, active members of the U.S. military and their dependents may also be eligible for Veterans Education Benefits. Learn more at www.jtcc.edu/veterans.

3. Sign up for New Student Orientation.

Orientation is a great way to get familiar with campus, learn about resources that can help you succeed, and meet future classmates. We offer two options to fulfill this important requirement:

  • On-campus orientation events at Chester or Midlothian
  • An online orientation program

Learn more at www.jtcc.edu/orientation.

4. Declare a major.

If you know what you want to major in, simply select your chosen major on your application.

Not sure of your path? Visit www.jtcc.edu/careercoach for career assessments and more information on careers tied to Tyler’s majors. Staff in the Advising Center can also help you select a major.

Learn more about the process and benefits of declaring a major.

5. Determine need for placement tests, and take test, if needed.

Placement tests determine which math and English courses you need to take. If you have prior coursework in math or English, or if you have required scores on standardized tests, you may not need to take placement tests.

Learn more at www.jtcc.edu/placement.

6. Set up your myTyler account.

Using one login, myTyler allows you to access key services, including:

  • Blackboard
  • Student Information Center (SIS)
  • Student e-mail
  • Credits to Career

SIS is the primary way Tyler communicates with students about Financial Aid.

When you apply, your confirmation page will include a temporary myTyler login valid for 24 hours. If you do not set up your account within 24 hours of applying, contact the myTyler Help Desk.

Log in to myTyler.

7. Register for classes.

If you come to campus to declare a major, advisors in the Advising Center can help you select a first-semester schedule that fits with your academic goals. In future semesters, your advisor can help you plan your schedule and guide you through college and career decisions.

Financial aid only pays for courses that apply to your major. Follow the college catalog effective at the time you declare a major.

Visit www.jtcc.edu/schedule to search for classes. Once you are ready to register, log in to myTyler and add your classes in the Student Information Center.

If you know which courses you want to take and would like in-person assistance with registration, visit Admissions and Records.

8. Pay for Tyler.

Whatever method you choose to pay for Tyler be sure you pay your tuition and fees by the deadline listed at www.jtcc.edu/tuitiondeadline. If you do not pay all tuition and fees by the appropriate date, you may lose some or all of your classes, referred to as having your classes “dropped."  Financial aid students should submit paperwork early, so aid can be posted to your account before the deadline.

Pay either:

See the tuition and fee rates, and learn about residency requirements for in-state tuition rates.

9. Purchase or rent your books.

Students who have their textbooks on the first day of class are more likely to get better grades and complete their courses. So be prepared! Take a copy of your class schedule to the Bookstore, or order online at www.Johntylershop.com.

Using financial aid? You’ll need a photo ID and student ID number for your financial aid purchase. See when you can charge books and supplies to financial aid.

Concerned about costs? Options like used books, rented books, digital textbooks and open educational resources (OER) courses, if available, can save you money.

10. Pick up your student ID card.

You’ll use your student ID card as your library card and to access printers on campus. Plus, the card is good for discounts at some local movie theaters, businesses and restaurants.

To pick up your card, come to room M110 in Moyar Hall at Chester or room H103 in Hamel Hall at Midlothian. Staff will take your photo and print the card while you wait.

Hours for photos and pick up are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Can’t get to campus during those time? Make an appointment by e-mailing studentactivities@jtcc.edu.

11. Get connected.

Make the most of your time at Tyler by doing three important things.

Stay informed.
Check your college e-mail regularly, and keep your mobile number up to date in the Student Information Center in myTyler. We’ll share important information and resources through texts and e-mails.

Meet with your advisor regularly.
Your advisor can help with career and educational decisions, as well as suggest learning resources and opportunities on campus.

Get involved on campus.
Connect with other students through the Student Activities Office. Student Activities supports 30+ student clubs and organizations, campus events, intramural sports and more.

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