Application Instructions

Application Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: October 25, 2020, by 11:55 pm
  • Supporting Materials (Teacher Recommendation, Counselor Verification of GPA/Grade level) Due: Tuesday, October 27, 2020, by 11:55 PM
  • Students are required to submit an online application by the November deadline.
  • Students chosen to participate in VESSS will receive an email notification within one week of completed application submission and emailed a letter of acceptance no later than November 1, 2020.

Online Application

Once you have submitted the online application, you will receive an email confirming the submission.

Guidance Counselor Letter

This program requests that the student’s Guidance Counselor verify the following.

The student attends a Virginia High School

The student is in the 11th or 12th grade

The student has at least a 2.7 GPA


No letter is requested through the online application system.   School Counselor verifies through the same online application system. Please note the automated request this verification request is not sent until the student “submits” their application.

Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation is due along with the application and should be provided by a school teacher or administrator. If homeschooled, the letter can be from someone who can attest to the applicant’s academic qualifications.


Once the student has submitted their application, the system will email the specified individual instructions on how to submit an online letter of recommendation on the applicants’ behalf. Please inform them that they will be receiving an email from with these instructions. All letters of recommendation must be submitted via the online application system. Letters of recommendation submitted in any other manner will not be accepted.  If your recommender is having issues, please have them contact


Important Note: It is the responsibility of the student to follow up with the person who is providing a letter of recommendation to ensure the recommendation is submitted electronically by the deadline. The student will receive an email notification when this letter is submitted.

How to Receive College Credit

To receive credit for this course:

  • You must first apply to Thomas Nelson Community College. Even if you have taken a college course or completed a dual enrollment course through another community college, you must apply to TNCC.
  • You will need to submit your high school transcript.  You must have a minimum of a 3.0 to qualify for dual enrollment.  Please note you do not have to take VESSS for college credit.  Traditionally about 50% of students participate in VESSS without taking the college credit option. In college, grades do not transfer only the credits.  You must maintain a “C” or higher to earn the 4 credits.
  • For more information on TNCC’s Dual Enrollment, click here.
  • For the Thomas Nelson Community College handbook, click here.