Offered in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), the Early College Access Program (ECAP) gives county high school students a 50 percent discount on AACC course tuition while they’re in high school.
That’s right. With the approval of your high school principal or counselor, AACPS students age 16 and older can take courses at AACC at half-price tuition while they’re still in high school. The college credits gained may be transferable to a four-year college or university. This opportunity, formerly called Jump Start, allows you to tackle your first-year basics with math, English, psychology or science, or start exploring career options in architecture, business, information technology, homeland security, teaching and more. And it’s not just for public school students. Home-school students and private school students can participate too!
Did you know our general education courses transfer to all of Maryland's public four-year schools? This helps you reduce the time it takes to graduate from college.
Why wait and pay the full price later at AACC or even pay significantly more at a four-year college? Submit your ECAP application form for each term to receive the 50 percent tuition discount. Learn about the cost savings you get from enrolling in a few ECAP courses and two years at AACC.
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Once you are enrolled in an AACC credit course, you are an AACC student, just like every other enrolled credit student, and you have the exact same benefits. You will receive student discounts on performances; have access to the pool, gym and library, and tap into our student services including tutoring and access to the math, writing and technology labs. You are not limited to taking classes during traditional school hours, nor are you limited to taking courses on the Arnold campus.
Any course approved by your school principal could be eligible for ECAP and there are no special sections dedicated to ECAP students. The college's full course schedule, including evening and weekend classes, is available on the AACC website. Summer courses taken prior to your senior year qualify for the 50 percent tuition reduction under ECAP. Some courses are approved by AACPS for dual credit (meaning it counts toward high school and college graduation and you receive a grade for both) but most AACC courses you take through ECAP are simply college courses for which you receive college credit.
We recommend that most high school students enroll in no more than two courses per term. Two reasons:
There are exceptions, so check with our admissions advisor well in advance of registration, if you plan to pursue a heavier course load.
Follow the instructions to complete the AACPS ECAP application and obtain all necessary signatures from your parent/guardian, high school counselor and principal. Ask for a copy of your high school transcript as well.
Apply to the college online or in person at any AACC location. You'll be given an AACC ID and MyAACC password. Keep this handy. You'll need it along the way.
With high school transcript and SAT, ACT or Accuplacer test scores in hand, submit your scores and ECAP application to the AACC Admissions office. They will check to see if you meet any necessary prerequisites and initial your form.
You might find it easiest to register and pay for class in person at the Arnold campus, but you can register online (using your new AACC ID and MyAACC password) or at our other locations. Plan to make a payment by the due date that will appear on your schedule/bill.
You can pay online or in person at the Cashier's office, but either way, the Cashier’s office will need to receive your approved application form in order for you to receive a 50 percent discount on the tuition portion of your bill. Participants must pay all fees. Learn more under ECAP costs and payment.
Check with our Admissions team if you are:
There may be other ways for you take classes at AACC, and possibly qualify for grants, scholarships or tuition waivers.
Early College Access Grants of $200 per term are available for students who demonstrate financial need. The grant helps cover the other half of the tuition that’s not waived through ECAP. Students who qualify for free and reduced meals (FARM) may have the full tuition waived. Learn more under ECAP costs and payment.