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Spring Semester Updates - Tyler’s campuses remain closed to the public until further notice. The college is open, and it will continue to offer classes and services remotely through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Read more about this announcement.


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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. Set up myTyler and Navigate Student.

With just one login, myTyler gives you access to your online coursework, student account and more.

Log in to myTyler.  If you need help, contact the myTyler Help Desk.

Once you are in myTyler, set up Navigate Student, a free online tool and mobile app that acts as your personal guide to Tyler. Use Navigate Student to connect to your faculty advisor, stay up to date on your next steps, plan your schedule each semester and visualize your academic progress.

After you activate your myTyler account, it can take up to 24 hours for Navigate Student to become available.

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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

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4. Pick the right major.

Did you know: not all majors transfer? And, different majors prepare you for different types of work, even if they are all in the same field?

Picking the right major is the key to your success. Career Coach Online can help. Answer simple questions about your interests and goals, and Career Coach will match you with the best major.

Want to discuss options to ensure your major transfers or is the best path? Visit the Advising Center.

Declare your major on your Tyler application, in Advising, or by using our online form.

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

Placement tests help Tyler determine which math and English courses you are ready to take. If you have one of following you may not need to take placement tests: 

  • Prior coursework in math and/or English
  • Required scores on the PSAT, SAT, or ACT, or
  • Required high school coursework and GPA within the last 5 years

If you think you are exempt, bring your transcript(s) or score(s) to Admissions and Records or the Advising Center. Staff will review your materials and explain your next steps.

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6. Plan your schedule and register.

Tyler offers several tools and services to help wtih planning your class schedule:

  • College Catalog outlines all the courses required in your major and includes a printable degree planner you can use to track your progress toward graduation. If you are using financial aid, this information is critical. Financial aid will only pay for courses that apply to your major.
  • Our searchable class schedule allows you to filter current class offerings based on campus, meeting day and more.
  • For in-person assistance with your first semester schedule, visit the Advising Center. In future semesters, the advisor assigned to you based on your major can help you plan your schedule and guide you through college and career decisions.
  • Starting in April 2019 you can use the Navigate Student scheduling tool to create a best-fit schedule.

Once you are ready to register for classes, log in to myTyler, and add classes through the Student Information System. 

Know which classes you want to take but prefer in-person assistance with registration? Visit the Admissions and Records Office on either campus.

Non-degree seeking students who want to enroll in a class and transfer it back to their home university may need to provide a Transient Form before enrolling.

7. Plan for how to pay for Tyler.

A college education is an important investment in your future. Tyler offers several payment options:

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

If you are applying for financial aid and scholarships, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at using Tyler's FAFSA code: 004004. You can apply as early as October for the next academic year and applying early can help you qualify for the maximum amount of aid.

Keep in mind that your tuition must be paid by the listed deadlines or you will be dropped from your classes.

Learn more about payment options.

8. Buy or rent textbooks.

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

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.

9. Pick up your student ID and parking pass.

Your tuition and fees cover a student ID card and a student parking pass. 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.

Pick up your student ID in the Student Activities Office at either campus. Staff will take your photo and print the card while you wait. 

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. • Monday – Friday
Midlothian Campus: Hamel Hall, H103
Chester Campus: Goyne Hall, A102

Can’t make to campus during these times? Make an appointment by e-mailing

Your Tyler parking pass should be displayed on your vehicle's rear window or bumper. To get your parking pass, complete the online Parking Decal form, and then pick up your decal at the Security Desk in Moyar Hall (1st floor) at Chester or the Administration Building Security Desk at Midlothian.

10. 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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