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At Anne Arundel Community College, you’re considered a credit student if you’re pursuing a degree or taking courses for college credit. If you’re interested in being a credit student, applying and registering are as simple as the seven steps below.

1.  Apply

The first step for credit students is to apply for admission to AACC. There’s no essay. You simply apply online and receive your acceptance in a matter of days.

Learn more about the credit application.

There is a separate application for international applicants. There are also additional application requirements for health science applicants and for students taking high school and AACC classes at the same time.

2.  Explore Financial Aid and Scholarships

It’s never too early to explore the many financial aid and scholarship options available to you.

Learn more about financial aid and scholarships.

3.  Determine Placement

We now offer many ways to "place" into courses. These include GPA, high school standardized testing and the ACCUPLACER placement exam.

Learn more about determining your placement.

4. Meet with an Advisor

We’ll connect you with an advisor who will help you plan and register for the right courses. We'll also provide tips and resources so you can make the most out of your appointment.

Learn about academic advising.

5.  Register for Classes

Register and enroll in the actual courses you’ll take this term.

Learn how to register for courses.

View credit registration dates in the Academic Calendar.

6.  Attend Orientation

At New Student Orientation, we’ll officially welcome you to the AACC family. You’ll receive all the information you need to get off to a great start.

Learn more about orientation.

7.  Make Your Payment

We offer lots of ways to pay, including payment plans to fit your budget.

Learn more about paying your bill.


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