Early College Access (ECAP)

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    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

  • Designated 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 of ‘S.’
    • 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 AACPS GPA.

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 course prerequisites.
    • 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 accurately.
    • provide their own transportation.
    • attend a new student orientation program to become familiar with AACC policies and procedures.


  • For questions or more information, please contact your child's school counselor.