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Anne Arundel Community College offers many opportunities for high school students who want to get a jump start on their college education. The Early College Access Program (ECAP) allows high school students to take college classes and earn college credits.

Early College Access Program/Jump Start

Take an AACC course while you’re a high school student and receive a 50 percent tuition reduction. Some AACC courses are taught at select high schools during the school day.

Learn more about ECAP.

Dual Credit

Some AACC courses are dual credit, awarding both college and high school credit. Dual credit must be preapproved by Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS).

View the current AACPS dual credit list.

Advanced Placement Credit

Successfully complete an exam for a specially designed high school advanced placement course.

Review our AP credit college transfer comparison.

Proficiency Credit

AACC has partnered with select Anne Arundel County Public high schools offering high school courses whose curriculums have been aligned with an AACC college course. If you are an AACPS student who successfully completes one or more of those courses by earning a C or better, you can take a proficiency exam right in your high school at no cost. If you pass the exam with a grade of C or better, your exam score will be the grade reflected for the AACC course on your college transcript. If you earn a lower grade, it will not be reflected on your AACC transcript. What do you have to lose? Wondering if your high school offers such a course?

For more information on proficiency credit opportunities, contact Sara Eger, Director, Early College Programs and Partnerships at

See below then follow these steps to apply for proficiency credit.

Articulated Credit

AACC and Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) have partnered to create opportunities to earn articulated AACC college credit. Legal articulation agreements detail how students enrolled in identified AACPS high school pathways, can become eligible to received free articulated AACC credit. Students must meet all the academic requirements and enrollment guidelines outlined in the articulation agreements and the AACPS High School Program of Study booklet. All tuition and related fees for articulated credits will be waived for those students meeting the requirements.

For information on articulated credit opportunities while in high school, contact Sara Eger, Director, Early College Programs and Partnerships at