Future Students

Early College Access Program

image of student thinking

Rising high school juniors and seniors, here's something to think about...

Most AACPS seniors have just two required classes and finish their day by 10:30 a.m. How will you get the most of that free time before you head off to college?

Juniors, do you realize you are also eligible to take classes through ECAP outside your regular school day. Anyone 16 or older is eligible.

Nearly 800 high school students get a jump start on their college career by taking classes at AACC while you’re still in high school. They do it to save time by knocking out credits early, save money (classes through Jump Start are 50% off tuition) or test out their major or area of interest. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.

Save time – Did you know that our general education courses transfer to Maryland's public four-year schools?  Reduce the time it takes to graduate from college.

Save money – Why wait and pay the full price later at AACC or pay significantly more at a four-year college? Submit your ECAP application form for each semester to receive the 50% tuition discount. Learn about the cost-savings you get from enrolling in a few ECAP courses and two-years at AACC. Download the Save Time and Pay Less flierPDF.

Increase your competitive edge – More colleges and universities want to see college coursework prior to admission.

Discover your passion – Try out a course in your desired field to see if it’s a good fit for you. Browse our areas of study to explore courses that help you identify your talents and interest, take a course that aligns with your signature or magnet program, or start down the path toward your career.

Enjoy the Full Benefits of Being an AACC Student
Once you are enrolled in an AACC credit course, you are an AACC student, just like every other enrolled credit student with 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.

Interested in Dual Credit?
In some cases you may be able to earn both high school credit and college credit for the AACC course through ECAP. (This is handled differently by school systems so look for details in the enrollment section.)


Other Credit High School Programs
If you are under 16 years old or the courses you’d like to take don't qualify for ECAP (most do) check out other ways AACC offers credit for high school students.

Contact our Admissions Office at 410-777-2243 or admissions@aacc.edu.