Apply to MTCC » Admissions


Follow these 5 easy steps!


STEP #1. Complete your NC Residency!
All applicants, excluding high school students enrolling in Career and College Promise (CCP), must complete the online North Carolina Residency Determination Service questionnaire. Applicants will be provided a Residency Certification Number (RCN) which is a required field on the McDowell Technical Community College (MTCC) Application.

Please have the following items available before proceeding to the NC Residency Website:
• NC Driver License / NC ID
• Your tax information and/or your parents tax information, if you are   under 25 years old
• Vehicle License & Registration Information
• Military Documentation (Benefits info or DD214)
• Foreign / Immigrant Documents

When you are ready to complete your Residency Determination questionnaire, please go to

 Complete Residency Determination


If you receive a notification of OUT for residency purposes and you feel you should be an In state resident, action is required. Please call RDS through their contact information below.

If you need assistance completing your Residency Determination, please contact the North Carolina Education Assistance at:
844.319.3640 (Toll-Free)
919.835.2290 (Local)
919.835.2427 (Fax)

STEP #2. Complete your McDowell Tech application!
Once you have completed your Residency Determination you will then need to complete McDowell Tech Community College application found at You will need to enter your RCN in the appropriate field in order to complete your application.

Please allow 24-48 hours for your application to be processed once you have submitted it.

You will not be able to submit your application until you have completed all of the required fields on the application. This will be evident by the check marks beside the section.


Complete MTCC Application

STEP #3. Complete your Financial Aid application!

You can apply for federal and state grants at The FAFSA may take up to 2 weeks to process and varies with each student. The MTCC Federal School Code = 008085. The McDowell Technical Community College scholarship application is available at


Complete FAFSA Application


If you need assistance on your Financial Aid application to the college, please contact our Financial Aid Office at:
Kim Ledbetter
828.652.0602 (Office)

Lisa Byrd
828.652.0624 (Office)

STEP #4. Transcripts
All students seeking a degree, diploma, or certificate must submit an official copy of their high school transcript. Recent graduates will have the option to submit it to MTCC electronically via the College Application. Paper copies of transcripts must remain in a sealed envelope to be considered official. Official transcripts may also be received via electronic format to . College transcripts may be required depending on your program of study and/or if you are receiving Veteran Education Benefits. Processing times vary for each school.

STEP #5. Placement Testing

Placement testing may be needed if the student does not meet any of the following criteria:

  • Graduated from a US High School within the last 10 years.
  • Has earned developmental course credit, or has successfully completed a college-level English or Math course.
  • Has completed an eligible placement test within the last 10 years.
  • Has an Associates or Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

If you do not meet any of the above criteria, please schedule your placement testing appointment.