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.
Interested in dual credit? Dual credit means you take a college course and receive both college credit and high school credit for that course. Those courses have to be pre-approved by AACPS so be sure to check the current AACPS dual credit list.
To get started, you must be an Anne Arundel County School student and 16 years of age or older.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 (and stop by the Advising Office on your way) but you can register online (using your new AACC ID and MyAACC password) or at our other locations. Plan to pay the full ECAP tuition rate (that’s 50% off the full rate) at the time of registration, along with 100% of the student and course fees. The Cashier will need to receive your approved application. If you register online, or would like to defer payment, keep in mind that your ECAP tuition and all student fees must be paid by the first day of class or you will be dropped from the class. (Don't forget the Cashier will need that signed ECAP application in advance.) AACPS ECAP students are not eligible for the AACC tuition payment plan.
Students who are eligible for free and reduced meals may have the full tuition and fees waived. 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.