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Early College Access Program for AACPS Students

Offered in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) the AACC Jump Start program is now called the Early College Access Program (ECAP). It’s the same great program at the same great price—50% discount on tuition.

Through ECAP students age 16 and older can take courses at AACC at 50% off the tuition rate while they’re still in high school and receive college credit that may be transferable to a four-year college or university. You can explore career options with courses including architecture, business, information technology and homeland security. Or tackle your first year basics with math, English, psychology or science.

Popular ECAP Courses

Any course that is approved by AACPS could be eligible for ECAP. (There are no special sections dedicated to ECAP students.) These fall 2014 courses are just some of the most popular courses offered during the day. The college's full course schedule including evening and weekend courses will be available in April. In the meantime contact an admissions adviser to help plan your schedule. For a full course description enter the course number into the search box or visit www.aacc.edu/search/course.

Dual Credit
Dual credit means you take a college course and receive both college credit and high school credit for that course. It does not mean that it is the same course and in most cases the college course is more advanced than the high school course. Dual credit must be pre-approved by AACPS. Be sure to check the current AACPS dual credit list.

How to Enroll

To get started, you must be an Anne Arundel County School student and 16 years of age or older.

  1. Complete the 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.
  2. Apply online to the college www.aacc.edu/admissions 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.
  3. If you have not taken the ACT or SAT or do not have the minimum scores required by AACC to enter most college classes, you'll need to take the Accuplacer test at the Testing Center
  4. 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. 
  5. 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 your due date that will appear on your schedule/bill. The Cashier's Office will need to receive your approved application form. ECAP participants receive a 50% discount on the tuition. Participants must pay all fees. (Don't forget the Cashier's Office will need your signed ECAP application form at the time of making your first payment.) 

Students who are eligible for free and reduced meals may have the full tuition waived. Students must pay all applicable college fees. An ECAP application form is required from all students. Ask your school counselor for details.

Related Credit Programs for High School Students
If you are 16 or older and attend a private or home-school, you may also qualify for the ECAP for private and home-school students.

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.