County Public School Schools (AACPS) and Anne Arundel
Community College (AACC) are joint sponsors of the Early
College Access Programs (ECAP), which includes Non-Dual
Credit programs. ECAP is designed
to allow authorized high school students to explore college level
coursework in a variety of academic areas. This college level
coursework can complete the academic day for approved high school
students who are progressing toward high school graduation and/or
provide the opportunity to study subject matter not otherwise
available through the traditional secondary school curriculum.
Receiving Credit for ECAP Courses
courses may meet the criteria for both college and high
school credit. Prior written consent from the school principal or
designee, after advisement with the school counselor, is required.
For dual credit courses:
- Students receiving
an AACC grade of ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ or ‘D’ will receive an AACPS grade
- An AACC grade of
‘F,’ ‘FX,’ or ‘I’ will receive an AACPS grade of ‘U.’
On the high school
transcript, students are awarded high school credit with the S or U
designation. These courses do not calculate towards a student’s
Costs and Financial Assistance
The cost of
participating in ECAP is the responsibility of the
student/parent/guardian, as defined by the Career and College
Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013.
- Students who are
eligible in AACPS for Free and Reduced Meals, are eligible to
attend AACC at a reduced cost. Registration, lab, parking,
activity, and other miscellaneous fees are the responsibility of
the parent/guardian or eligible student.
- All fees must be
paid at the time of registration. A separate bill for the tuition
will be sent by AACC on behalf of AACPS.
- Qualified ECAP
participants may apply for financial assistance through the AACC
Financial Aid Office.
ECAP Enrollment Requirements
Students must be
at least 16 years old* to be approved by the secondary school
to participate in ECAP and must demonstrate their academic
readiness for specific courses by:
- being enrolled in
a minimum of two half credit classes each semester at the high
school having senior status with a minimum of 20 credits and
in good standing.
- maintaining a 2.0
high school GPA.
- meeting AACC
- meeting required
acceptable performance levels on the College’s English/Reading
and/or Math Accuplacer assessment or nationally recognized
standardized test such as the American College Test (ACT)
or Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT).
Students wishing to
participate in ECAP must:
- complete the
Early College Access Program Application neatly and
- provide their
- attend a new
student orientation program to become familiar with AACC policies