Overview

  • WHAT IS EARLY COLLEGE ACCESS?

    Anne Arundel County Public School Schools (AACPS) and Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) are joint sponsors of the Early College Access Programs (ECAP), also referred to as Dual Enrollment, which includes Dual Credit and Non-Dual Credit programs. The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future (“Blueprint”) statute provides ECAP funding for students who have met the College and Career Readiness (CCR) eligibility requirements. These funds are to be used to support participation at no cost to the student. Students in the 11th and 12th grades who meet the CCR designation may take courses at no cost including tuition, fees, and course materials.

    ECAP is designed to allow authorized high school students to explore college level coursework in a variety of academic areas which align to a college degree. This also includes any students that are interested in a non-credit career certificate or license program or non-credit courses that are a part of certificate programs related to a school’s signature program are also included. This college level coursework can complete the academic day for approved high school students who are progressing toward high school graduation or provide the opportunity to study subject matter that is of interest to the student more broadly.

    Starting in 2024-2025 eligibility requirements have been updated.

    If you have a student who is not 16 years of age, go to the FAQ for more information.

     


    STARTING 2024-2025 CURRENT CAREER AND COLLEGE READINESS (CCR) DESIGNATION FROM MARYLAND STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

    MSDE CCR

     


    Eligibility Requirements

    Students must be in 11th and 12th grade and have met the CCR standard. Students can take up to two college courses per semester only.

    In AACPS if a 11th and 12th grader with an unweighted cumulative GPA of a 3.0 and does not qualify yet with a CCR designation then they are able to sign up for one college course per semester only.

     


    Signature Program

    Students participating in a Signature Pathway are not required to meet the above criteria to be eligible to enroll in Dual Credit Signature courses. Go to the Signature Specific Courses on the website.

     


    Select Courses Available for the ECAP Program 24-25

    Students have the opportunity to take certain courses for Dual Enrollment and Dual Credit, and the costs will be covered by AACPS. To see the available options, please review the documents located on the right-hand side of this webpage.

     


    Students Not Passing A Course(s) at Anne Arundel Community College

    Students who do not achieve a grade of C or higher will not be eligible to enroll in another ECAP course unless they can demonstrate extenuating circumstances. In such cases, the student and their family must submit a formal request to the Regional Assistant Superintendent overseeing the high school attended by the student.

     


    AACC Course Descriptions

    For a complete list of AACC Course Descriptions, please visit https://www.aacc.edu/programs-and-courses/   

     


    Does the AACC course transfer to your 4-year university/college (MD institutions only)?

    Click on the link below:

    Check to see if your course transfers to a 4-Year institution

     


    GETTING STARTED:

    1. Complete Anne Arundel Community College Application (Printable Directions)
    2. Complete the Early College Access Program Application and receive principal approval.

      You will need your AACC ID to complete the form.

      Note: Finalized forms will be returned to students approximately 10 workdays after submission.

      Note: Approval must occur prior to registration or funds will not be provided.

       

    3. Request Official Transcript from AACPS Registrar at their home school.

    4. Request SAT/ACT scores from the College Board or ACT.  Students that need to take the Accuplacer must schedule an appointment at the Testing Center.  https://www.aacc.edu/resources/academic-services/testing/

    5. Submit a completed Early College Access Program Application to the AACC Cashiers Office at cashiersoffice@aacc.edu. This form indicates that you can register for classes at AACC without paying tuition, fees and for required instructional materials.

    6. Submit your official transcript, and SAT/ACT/AP results to the AACC Office of Records and Registration at records@aacc.edu.

    7. Contact your admission officer to select courses and register for classes.  

    Students enrolled in dual enrollment courses are eligible for student support services, including students with disabilities.  To apply for these services, students must contact Disability Support Services (DSS) . It is important to note that academic accommodations for college classes differ from those offered in high school classes.

     


    Do you have Questions? Please visit our FAQ page here.

Contacts

  • If you have questions, or would like more information, please contact your child's school counselor.