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Nov 29, 2018

BCPS students starting college in high school up 31 percent

Increasing numbers of area high school students and their families are taking advantage of Early College Access programs at CCBC. This year, enrollment among Baltimore County Public Schools students is up 31 percent, with nearly 1,500 students participating in BCPS Tuition-Free and Dual Credit programs, Diploma to Career, Career and Technology Pathways, Parallel Enrollment and more.

Starting as early as ninth grade, Maryland high school students are eligible for half-price tuition for CCBC classes. Other BCPS partnerships allow students to quality for up to four classes tuition-free, or even simultaneously earn their high school diplomas and Associate of Arts degrees. Many students accumulate a semester’s worth of CCBC credits before graduating high school.

While Early College Access opportunities are also available to private school and homeschooled students, 87 percent of ECAP students are enrolled in BCPS high schools; 72 percent of those students qualified for the BCPS Tuition-Free program and 18 percent qualified for free and reduced meals.

These enrollment levels affirm the impact of ECAP’s efforts to support students who otherwise may not have a chance to go to college, as well as students who need a helping hand to make their academic dreams a reality.