John Tyler Community College

13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Chester, VA

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John Tyler Community College, Located in Chester Virginia, is one of the 21 schools that comprise the Virginia Community College System. The approval to found the school was given in 1965 when the cities of Hopewell, Colonial Heights and Petersburg, and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Prince George, Dinwiddie, and Sussex submitted a proposal for the establishment and construction of a technical college to service the region. The name was chosen in honor of the tenth president of the United States, a Virginia native from the region. Since its founding the school has grown exponentially in student enrollment and size, having added three additional campuses to meet service and educational demands of the community. The school is dedicated to providing students the best in service, having grown alongside the community and working hard to meet the communities needs.

John Tyler Community College offers a variety of programs  career training and academic transfer opportunities. These programs take between one and two years to complete, resulting in either an associate degree or certificate.

Career training programs provide education in a particular field, teaching the skills and abilities necessary to perform as a professional within the field's workplace. Students participate in practical courses as well as more traditional classroom educations, the variety and frequency of which is dependant upon the student's chosen field. When the program is completed the student's degree or certificate will allow for the immediate pursuit of employment at the entry level. Most programs offered reflect community needs.

Academic transfer programs provide the opportunity to complete the freshman and sophomore years of a four year education, followed by the applying for transfer to a four year institution to pursue the completion of a bachelor's degree. Public schools within Virginia will have agreements in place with the Virginia Community College System facilitating transfer, though students may choose to apply to private or out of state schools. Students should meet with an academic advisor to plan their transfer curriculum to best suit the school or school's desired by the student.

Programs offered include:

As an open enrollment institution, any student who meets the minimum standards for admission will be able to enroll at John Tyler Community College. Submission of a completed application for admission is required, along with transcripts from previous schools and standardized test scores. Students may be required to take a placement exam for general education courses. Students are encouraged to participate in orientation and meet with a counselor prior to registration. Course registration takes place before the start of each semester with tuition due shortly thereafter.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students requiring financial assistance must obtain a federal PIN and submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting student aid report (SAR) from which will be used to determine financial needs, aid program eligibility and monetary awards. Student are required to reapply for financial aid prior to the start of each academic year, and it is important to note that due to federal requirements students may be asked to provide additional financial documentation to ensure the SAR's accuracy prior to the disbursement of funds. Students may also apply for external scholarships awarded for a variety of reasons, such as academic merit, cultural ties, financial need and more.

Clubs and Organizations
John Tyler Community College encourages the participation of students in one or more of the recognized clubs and organizations available at the school. Students will find that these organizations provide students with the opportunity to meet like minded individuals and socialize. Clubs and organizations typically focus on academic, cultural, social and extracurricular topics. Students who do not find a club that meets their interests may apply to the college to start their own.

Clubs and organizations include:

  • Art Club
  • History Club
  • Film Club
  • Future Teacher's Club
  • Student Nurses Association

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,400. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $4,000-$4,800
    • Out-of-State: $9,300-$11,180
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $130-$160 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $310-$370 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid64%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships54%$4,455
Receiving Student Loans17%$4,371
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Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, John Tyler Community College may provide services including:

  • Online course work available
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Student employment

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for this school compared to community colleges in Virginia, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.

 John Tyler Community CollegeChesterfield CountyVirginia
Graduation Rate14.2%-25.0%
Transfer-out Rate16.6%-12.0%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by John Tyler Community College by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)


Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades


Engineering Technology

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

Precision Production

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Visual and Performing Arts

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