Admissions or Financial Aid may require you to verify that you graduated high school or received a GED. This page provides information about the documents you should submit.
If you did not complete high school, you’re still welcome at AACC and there’s information here for you too.
To verify that you graduated from high school, you should submit:
Photocopies of final high school transcripts or diplomas are acceptable for AACC admission and financial aid. However, if you intend to apply to a health profession program, you need to submit an official high school transcript in a sealed envelope to the Records and Registration office.
Include your AACC ID # and submit documents for review to:
Anne Arundel Community College
Records and Registration Office
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012
fax to 410-777-2489
AACC uses the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) official listing of nonpublic schools to determine high school graduation status. AACC makes every attempt to verify non-public high schools in other states, but may request further information from the student or high school to determine high school graduation status.
Home-schooled students should submit a copy of their high school diploma and final high school transcript that notates graduation. Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) publishes a list of registered entities approved to supervise home instruction of Maryland students. AACC uses this list, or similar lists for other states, in conjunction with the diploma and high school transcript to review high school graduation status. If your home school supervising entity is not on this list, you must submit a diploma, an official high school transcript with notation of graduation, and a signed letter from your county's home school supervisor documenting that state home instruction requirements were met.
AACC uses documents listed on the World Education Services (WES) website and the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers Guide to Educational Systems Around the World to determine foreign high school equivalent to U.S. high school graduation. Students should submit copies of the secondary school documents listed on these websites. Notarized English translations are needed in addition to the required documents for some languages. Please contact Records and Registration at 410-777-1442 with questions about necessary documents.
AACC recognizes some online high schools. Online high schools must be regionally accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
To verify that you earned a GED, please submit:
If you’re unable to locate your Maryland GED diploma or examination results, you can request a copy of your test score transcripts from the state of Maryland. Students with a GED from another state should contact that state for a copy.
HiSET is a national high school equivalency testing program offered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and is an alternative to the GED. Anne Arundel Community College does not accept the HiSET test as the equivalent to a high school diploma or GED for financial aid purposes. The HiSET test has not yet been approved by the state of Maryland, however, it has been approved in other states. If you previously lived in another state that accepts this test and can document your previous residency in that state, you may submit your HiSET test scores and proof of residency to the Records and Registration office for review. Scores will be reviewed on an individual basis.
If you are 16 years of age or older and never completed a formal high school program nor received an approved diploma, you are still eligible to apply for admission to Anne Arundel Community College. However, you may not be eligible for federal financial aid and you should meet with an academic advisor before enrolling in classes to discuss career and educational goals. We want to place you on the best path for your success.
If you’re interested in earning your GED, AACC offers preparation courses. For more information, contact Adult Basic Skills.