Admissions Process, Requirements and Criteria
General admissions process:
Take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).
- Students with an Associates degree or higher from an approved accredited college or university are exempt from taking the TABE. Please provide documentation of degree prior to enrolling.
- See counselor to discuss TABE results, additional program requirements, and breakdown of program fees. No appointment necessary.
- Review the Essential Functions form for program of interest. Students must be able to perform all of the essential functions; however, accommodations may be available if accompanied with proper medical documentation. Please see a counselor for further information.
- Complete program interview or shadowing. Some programs have specific days and/or dress codes for shadowing, so please speak with a counselor before coming in.
Apply for financial aid, if necessary.
- To apply online, visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. The School Codes for pTEC are: 005605(Clearwater campus) and 013917 (St. Petersburg campus). Students can also obtain an application from the Financial Aid office.
- Pell does not cover all expenses; students will have to pay out of pocket for some fees.
- Once notification of eligibility is received (typically 3-5 business days), speak with a financial aid specialist.
- If using an outside funding agency (WorkNet, Voc Rehab, etc.), provide all paperwork to the agency.
Complete a registration form and pay all applicable fees.
- Students must provide two forms of documentation for proof of residency when they register (driver license, state issued ID, voter registration card, vehicle registration, etc.).
- Students must be at least 16 years of age and not currently enrolled in high school.
- Most of our programs start five times per school year: August, October, January, April, and June.
Please speak with a counselor for further information.
Determination of Dependent/Independent Student Status
Acceptable Forms of Documentation for Residency Classification
Applicants under 24 years of age are presumed to be dependent. Dependent applicants should have a parent/legal guardian complete the residency affidavit.Applicants under age 24 who claim independence may be required to submit a copy of his or her most recent tax return,
The programs offered at pTEC are primarily designed to prepare students for entry into the job market or to give students the opportunity to improve skills and prepare for advancement in their current employment. An incoming student who has previously attended another accredited postsecondary institution may provide an official transcript for credit evaluation. Acceptance of credit completed at
Students must meet with a guidance counselor who will assist with registration forms and literacy testing. (Test scores are valid for a two-year period, provided there have been no changes in the literacy levels mandated by state guidelines.) A meeting with the instructor may be required before re-entering a program.
Note: Course credit toward program completion is valid for a period of three
Students who are at least 16 years of age and not currently enrolled in a secondary education program in the Pinellas County School System are considered adult students. Students are expected to enroll on a full-time basis each fee period. With prior approval, a student may be eligible to enroll on a half-time basis for a fee period.
Programs consist of a planned