Applying FAQs

If you’re ready to finish your undergraduate degree or start a graduate program, Thomas Edison State College is the right choice. Applying is easy. In fact, our undergraduate programs offer 12 terms during the year, so there’s no need to worry about application deadlines.

Applying FAQ's

Applying Answers

Q:Can I apply online?
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Undergraduate and graduate students  interested in any of our degree programs can now apply by using our online application.  Access our applications page.

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Q:Do you need copies of my transcript?
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Yes. All transcripts should be sent directly to the College from the institution(s) you attended. If you are forwarding transcripts that have been sent first to you, they must arrive at the College in unopened, sealed envelopes from the institution(s) you attended. Learn about applying as an undergraduate. Learn about applying to a graduate program.

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Q:Where do I send my transcript(s)?
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Undergraduate students should have transcript(s) sent to:
Office of the Registrar
Thomas Edison State College
101 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608-1176

Graduate applicants should have transcript(s) sent to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Thomas Edison State College
101 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608-1176

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Q:How do I get copies of my transcript sent to Thomas Edison State College?
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Contact the registrar of the institution(s) you attended and request a transcript be sent to Thomas Edison State College. You will need to supply:

  • your name (or previous name at time of attendance)
  • social security number or student ID number
  • dates you attended the institution
  • transcript fee (fees vary; please check with your institution)
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Q:Do you require SAT or ACT scores?
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No. Students are not required to take the SAT or ACT. You must have a high school diploma or have passed the GED. And you must be 21 years of age. If you’re an international student, the application requirements are slightly different. Learn about applying.

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Q:What happens after I apply?
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Applications are acknowledged via letter and e-mail. The College provides all applicants with an evaluation of past college credits, professional and/or military training and other experiences. Once you’re accepted, you’ll receive login information that enables you to track progress of your evaluation. Your evaluation will help determine how your college-level credits can transfer to Thomas Edison State College. Learn more about transferring credit.  Then it’s time for you to enroll.

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Q:How do I enroll?
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You can enroll immediately upon acceptance. Select a tuition plan that fits with your schedule, then pay your annual enrollment tuition. You may pay online, by phone or by mail. Access our Enrollment Page.

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Q:How can I get information sent to me?
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Contact us at 1 (888) 442-8372 or e-mail us at [email protected]

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Q:Why is TESC asking for my Social Security Number or ITIN?
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The IRS requires that colleges and universities collect the name, social security number (SSN) or individual tax payer number (ITIN) for all tuition-paying students. In addition, the amount of a students' qualifying payments must be reported to the IRS on IRS form 1098-T. The information on the 1098-T provides the IRS with a basis for amounts claimed by a taxpayer as qualifying expenditures for the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and/or Lifetime Learning Tax Credit.

If your 1098-T is submitted to the I.R.S. with no SSN or ITIN, or with an incorrect SSN or ITIN, your 1098-T will still require correction. Please note that if we did not have your SSN, your 1098-T form is filed without it.

Your SSN or ITIN is also required to process financial aid applications.

We first attempt to collect your SSN or ITIN through the admission application process. If you do not provide a valid SSN or ITIN, we will email you to ask you to provide this information by completing IRS Form W9-S and submitting it to the Registrar’s Office. We will never ask you to provide your SSN or ITIN by email.

If you refuse to provide your SSN or ITIN, or you provide an incorrect number, the I.R.S. is empowered to impose penalties.

Form W9-S can be found on the I.R.S. website.

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