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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. 

Early College Access Program for Anne Arundel County Public Schools Students

The Early College Access Program (ECAP) allows eligible Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) students to take classes at AACC for free! That's right! You can earn college credit and the tuition, fees and course materials will be at no cost to you. Some of our courses are even taught at select high schools during the school day. Our classes are convenient to fit your schedule and are offered in person, online or in a hybrid format.

Learn more about ECAP and the various opportunities at your specific high school.

Early College Access Program for Out-of-County Students

ECAP also allows Maryland public school students outside of Anne Arundel County to take classes at AACC for free! You will have your tuition, fees and course materials paid for and have the opportunity to earn college credit before earning your high school diploma. Learn more about enrolling in ECAP.

Early College Access Program for Private School and Home-school Students

ECAP provides qualifying home-schooled students and students attending a private school within Maryland with a 25% tuition discount for their classes.

Learn more about ECAP for private and home-school students.

Dual Credit

Some AACC courses are dual credit, awarding both college and high school credit to the student. Dual credit must be preapproved by your high school.

View the current AACPS dual credit list.

Advanced Placement Credit

If you successfully completed the exam for your high school advanced placement course, you could earn college credit.

Review our AP credit college transfer comparison.

Proficiency Credit

AACC has partnered with AACPS to identify high school programs aligned with our college course(s). If you are an AACPS student who successfully completes one or more of these programs, you can take the AACC college proficiency assessment right in your high school at no cost. Pass the proficiency assessment with a grade of C or better* and your assessment score will be the grade for the AACC course on your college transcript. Grades below a C will not be reflected on your AACC transcript.

What do you have to lose?

For information on proficiency credit opportunities, email Melanie Coleman at 

Learn how to apply for proficiency credit.


*The Childhood Development Associate (CDA) program requires a grade of "B" or better to earn proficiency credit.

Articulated Credit

AACC and AACPS have also partnered to create opportunities to earn articulated college credit. Legal articulation agreements detail how students enrolled in identified AACPS high school pathways can become eligible to receive 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 Judy Wilson, coordinator, Instructional Pathways and Partnerships - Secondary, at

For a list of services available to all AACC students, visit our Student Services page.


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Taking classes at AACC has definitely inspired me. It has really opened up my eyes to what college is, what to expect and how I should deal with myself when I get there. It's preparing me for my future as well, so I have a nice idea of what to do."

-Ishika Jain, high school student taking college classes, future doctor

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