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AACC provides the Early College Access Program (ECAP) to qualifying Home-schooled students living the Anne Arundel County and to students attending partcipating private schools. Students seeking the ECAP scholarship of 50% off tuition, must be at least 16 years of age by the first day of class and may participate through the spring semester of their senior year.

Learn more about the ECAP program

Participating Schools

  • Annapolis Area Christian School.
  • Arundel Christian School.
  • Calvary Baptist Christian Academy.
  • Granite Baptist Christian School.
  • Indian Creek Upper School.
  • Lighthouse Academy.
  • Maven Academy.
  • Odenton Christian School.
  • Rockbridge Academy.
  • Severn School.
  • St. Mary's High School.
  • Home School Program Type A or B (Must attach signed copy of AACPS Home Notification).

Procedures for Home School Participation

  • Students who wish to participate must provide a copy of a completed Anne Arundel County Public School (AACPS) “Home School Notification” signed by an authorized designee of the AACPS Home School Office
  • The completed “Home School Notification” will be sent from the AACPS Home School Office via email to the admissions office.
  • The ECAP Application for Private and Home School Students also must be submitted to the cashier's office every term to request consideration for the special tuition reduction.
  • Students participating in the Early College Access Program must comply with all Anne Arundel Community College academic policies and regulations, and demonstrate eligibility or prerequisite completion for all courses for which they wish to register.

Not sure if you qualify for ECAP?

The 50-percent discount applies to students who attend AACPS, are AACPS affiliated home-school students or attend a partnering private school.

Check with our admissions team if:

  • The courses you’d like to take are not approved by your school principal.
  • You’d like to take more than two courses.
  • You’re not sure if your private school participates in ECAP.
  • You attend a school other than an Anne Arundel County public school or partnering private school.
  • You have any other circumstances that prompt you to question whether you're qualified.

There may be other ways for you take classes at AACC, and possibly qualify for grants, scholarships or tuition waivers.

How do I enroll?

Complete the ECAP Application

Home-School and Private School Students

Follow the instructions to complete the Early College Access Program Application for Home-School and Private School Students.

Apply to AACC Online

Apply to the college online 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 you'll need to take the Accuplacer test at the Testing Center.

Visit the Admission Office

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. If this is your first time registering, you must register in person. You may do this at any of our registration locations.

After you've registered the first time, you may register online using your new AACC ID and MyAACC password.

Plan to make a payment by the due date that will appear on your schedule/bill.


You can pay online or in person at the Cashier's office, but in order to receive the 50 percent discount on your tuition bill, the Cashier’s office needs your approved ECAP application form for every term you're registered. Without this form, you will not receive the discount on your bill.

You must also pay all required fees. 

Learn more about ECAP costs and payment.