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Step 1: Select a Course

Any course approved by your school principal could be eligible for ECAP and there are no special sections dedicated to ECAP students. Be sure to learn more about ECAP course options then write down a few options to discuss with your parents and high school counselor.

Step 2: Complete the ECAP Application

Step 3: Apply to AACC

All first-time credit students must apply to AACC. Students under age 16 are subject to additional admissions requirements and should contact the admissions office

Already applied? Skip to Step 5.

Step 4: Verify Your New AACC Account

After completing your online application, you will receive an email from the admissions office acknowledging receipt of your application.

Look for a second email that will include information to acquire your MyAACC account. Through MyAACC you will have access to all your records and grades, and register for classes. Be sure to complete all the instructions, and don’t forget your username and password!

Already have an AACC account? Skip to Step 5.

Collect Your High School Records

Step 5: Get Your ECAP Form Approved at School

Meet with your school counselor and make sure your form is signed by both the school counselor and principal. Don’t forget to keep a copy. The cashier’s office needs this in order to give you the 50 percent tuition reduction.

Step 6: Request Your High School Transcript from Your School

Request that an official copy of your high school transcript be sent to AACC or hand deliver it to the admissions office.

Step 7: Obtain Test Scores

AACC needs your ACT, SAT or Accuplacer placement test scores and any IB or AP scores to make sure you are eligible for the courses you select and to assist with academic advising if needed.

If you took the ACT or SAT, print out copies from the College Board website or from your AACPS high school Naviance site.

If you took the Accuplacer at your high school and it was administered by your high school staff, request your scores.

If you took the Accuplacer at AACC, or it was administered to you at your high school by AACC staff, AACC has your scores.

If you’ve not taken a placement test, learn how to do so.

Visit AACC

All first-time AACC credit students must register in person  and ECAP students may do so in Arnold, AACC at Glen Burnie Town Center or AACC at Arundel Mills.

Step 8: Visit Admissions

An admissions representative will need to verify that you meet any course prerequisites. Take your SAT, ACT or Accuplacer test scores, high school transcript, and ECAP application to the admissions office or simply ask to see an admissions representative when registering at AACC at Glen Burnie Town Center or AACC at Arundel Mills.

Already taken an AACC credit course? You may complete the following steps online.

Step 9: Visit Financial Aid

Maryland residents attending a public or private school and AACC who demonstrate financial need should complete the 2019-2020 Early College Access Grant Application to receive $200 in the fall term and $200 in the spring term. Homeschool students are not eligible. Take your form to the financial aid office in Arnold or a financial aid representative at the Glen Burnie Town Center or AACC at Arundel Mills.

Already taken a credit course? You may complete the following steps online. See below.

Step 10: Visit Records and Registration

Complete an AACC credit registration form (in addition to your ECAP application) and submit it to the Records and Registration office in Arnold, AACC at Glen Burnie Town Center or AACC at Arundel Mills. They will process your registration and provide you with a bill.

If you already have taken an AACC credit course (not a noncredit or Kids in College course) you do not have to complete your course registration in person.

  • Log in to MyAACC with your username and password.
  • Register and pay according to the payment plan.
  • Mail your ECAP form to the cashier's office in Arnold. Once your form is processed, the 50 percent tuition reduction will be applied to your bill.

If payment is due and not received before the form is processed, you will be dropped from class; therefore we recommend paying 25 percent of the tuition and fees at the time of registration. Any overpayment after the tuition reduction, scholarships or grants will be refunded.

Step 11: Pay at the Cashier’s Window

Submit your bill and completed, signed ECAP application along with payment to the cashier’s office in Arnold or to the cashier’s representative at AACC at Glen Burnie Town Center or AACC at Arundel Mills. ECAP students are eligible for the AACC payment plan.

Important Note About Dropping and Withdrawing

ECAP students must adhere to the same standards and policies of all students. This includes dropping or withdrawing from a course. It must be done on time! 

For credit courses eight weeks or longer:

DROP: Students have five calendar days from the first day of class to DROP without becoming financially responsible.

WITHDRAW: Days six through 10, the student receives a 60 percent reduction but still is responsible financially for 40 percent of charges. A “W” will be placed on the student’s transcript and may affect future financial aid benefits at AACC.