Dual Enrollment (DE) courses allow you to earn your high school diploma and college credits simultaneously, at a fraction of the normal cost. Frederick Community College (FCC) offers a variety of dual enrollment options in partnership with Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS). Your goals determine which option is best for you. Contact your school counselor for more information on each program or to enroll.

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Take select FCC courses at your FCPS high school or at the Career and Technology Center. Earn your high school diploma and college credits from FCC simultaneously.

High school students in this program take FCC courses at their high school during the regular school day. These are college level, credit-bearing courses taught by FCPS teachers. Available courses vary by school; talk to your counselor to see what is offered at your FCPS high school. High School Based students receive a discounted tuition rate at FCC.

 

        
     

 

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What is Dual Enrollment: High School Based?
High School Based refers to high school students taking FCC courses at their high school or the CTC during the regular school day.
How do I qualify for a High School Based FCC course?
Currently enrolled FCPS high school students with an unweighted cumulative GPA of 2.0 who are college and career ready may consider dual enrollment. Assessment scores (SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER, MCAP, and more) determine college and career readiness. Scores required to enroll in college level, credit-bearing courses are listed below.  See More.
Who teaches the FCC High School Based courses?
High School Based courses are taught by FCPS teachers from your high school. These teachers are hired by FCC to teach college courses and are held to the same hiring and credentialing standards as adjunct professors.
Are Dual Enrollment final course grades weighted on my high school transcript?
Yes, grades earned in Dual Enrollment courses (including High School Based, Open Campus, and Early College) count as weighted grades in your high school GPA, but only for courses for which you elect to receive dual credit.  
What is the difference between college credit and dual credit?
College credit is awarded upon successful completion of the college course(s). This credit is reflected on the college transcript. Dual credit means that both high school credit and college credit can be earned upon successful completion of a college course. See More
Dual credit is awarded to high school students if the college course meets the curriculum requirements of an approved FCPS high school course. Dual credit is reflected on both the high school transcript and the college transcript.
Can a parent/guardian monitor their student’s progress in the college course?
Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) applies to all students enrolled in college courses, despite the age of the student. See More
Therefore, communication is only between the student and the college. Students are responsible for monitoring their educational progress through their FCC student account and communication with their instructors. A FERPA waiver is available for students as a way to provide parents the right to communicate with FCC.
How do I enroll in the High School Based Dual Enrollment program?
  1. Complete an FCPS Dual Enrollment Student Packet provided by your high school and ensure all paperwork is signed by student, parent, and school staff.
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  1. Complete the online application for the College.
  2. Determine the need for placement testing:
    1. If exempt from placement testing, submit proof of the exemption to the point of contact at the high school.
    2. If not exempt, sign and submit the Permission to Test form provided by your school counselor and sit for the ACCUPLACER to determine college readiness.
  3. Students will be notified of assessment results and college ready status.
  4. High School Based dually enrolled students are not responsible for registering for classes. Registration is completed collaboratively by FCPS and FCC staff.
  5. Pay for your course(s) once you are notified by your high school that you have been registered.
What High School Based courses are offered at my high school?
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High School Based courses vary from school to school depending on the school size, staffing, and student interest. Talk to your counselor to see what is available at your FCPS high school.
How much does a High School Based course cost?
For 2021-2022, tuition is $55.47 per credit hour. Tuition is waived for students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Meals. See More
 
Credits 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Tuition $55.47 $110.94 $166.41 $221.88 $277.35 $332.82 $388.29 $443.76 $499.235
What are a student’s payment options?

Students have the option of paying their tuition and fees in full or setting up an automatic payment plan. Both can be done on the student’s PeopleSoft account under the Financial Account tile. Open Campus students follow the Drop Zone deadlines outlined in the semester course schedule and FCC website.
What FCC resources are available to students if they are dually enrolled?
A dually enrolled high school student can access all resources available to FCC students (Online Orientation; Learning Commons; free tutoring at the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, and STEM Learning Center; online databases; online Writing Center).
Does FCC provide accommodations for FCPS students with an IEP or 504 plan?
Dually enrolled students, including both open campus and high school based students, seeking disability accommodations for FCC courses must request services through the FCC Disability Access Services (DAS)Office. See More

Reasonable accommodations for post-secondary classes are offered to eligible students based on a formal initiation of services request and submission of appropriate disability documentation. Students are required to meet with a disabilities specialist for an intake appointment. This appointment may be scheduled by calling 301.846.2408 or emailing Disability Access Services (DAS). More information about disability services is available here.

Take select FCC courses at FCC or online. Earn your high school diploma and college credits from FCC simultaneously.

High school students in this program take college courses on the FCC campus or online during the day or in the evening. These are college level, credit-bearing courses. Open Campus students receive a discounted tuition rate at FCC.

 

 

        
     

 

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What is Dual Enrollment: Open Campus?
Open Campus refers to high school students taking college courses on the FCC campus or through the online program at FCC. Courses may be taken on campus during the school day or in the evening.
How do I qualify to take a college course on the FCC campus?
Currently enrolled FCPS high school students with an unweighted cumulative GPA of 2.0 who are college and career ready may consider dual enrollment. Assessment scores (SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER, MCAP, and more) determine college and career readiness. Scores required to enroll in college level, credit-bearing courses are listed below.  See More.
What is the difference between college credit and dual credit?
College credit is awarded upon successful completion of the college course(s). This credit is reflected on the college transcript. Dual credit means that both high school credit and college credit can be earned upon successful completion of a college course. See More
Dual credit is awarded to high school students if the college course meets the curriculum requirements of an approved FCPS high school course. Dual credit is reflected on both the high school transcript and the college transcript.
Are Dual Enrollment final course grades weighted on my high school transcript?
Yes, grades earned in Dual Enrollment courses (including High School Based, Open Campus, and Early College) count as weighted grades in your high school GPA, but only for courses for which you elect to receive dual credit.  
Can a parent/guardian monitor their student’s progress in the college course?
Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) applies to all students enrolled in college courses, despite the age of the student. See More
Therefore, communication is only between the student and the college. Students are responsible for monitoring their educational progress through their FCC student account and communication with their instructors. A FERPA waiver is available for students as a way to provide parents the right to communicate with FCC.
Is transportation provided for Open Campus courses?
No. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation for Open Campus courses.
How do I enroll in the Open Campus program?

Steps for Dual Enrollment Students:

  1. Complete an FCPS Open Campus Dual Enrollment Student Packet provided by your high school and ensure all paperwork is signed by student, parent, and school staff.
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  1. Complete the online application for the College. Once the FCC student identification number is received, determine the need for placement testing:
    1. If exempt from placement testing, submit proof of the exemption to FCC.
    2. If not exempt, sit for the ACCUPLACER to determine college readiness.
  2. Complete Online Orientation
    All Open Campus Dual Enrollment students are required to complete our comprehensive online orientation.

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  3. Complete advising:
    1. Speak with your high school counselor about dual credit opportunities.
    2. If needed, meet with an FCC academic advisor to select the college course(s).
  4. Complete registration for the college course(s). This can be completed online or at Registration & Records at FCC.
  5. ​Your Dual Enrollment discount will automatically be applied to your account within a week of registering for your class(es).
  6. Pay for your course(s) by the appropriate Drop Zone deadline.
  7. Purchase textbooks.
  8. Attend course(s).

 

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If you are a student under the age of 16, you must follow the steps for Students Under 16 Years of Age Advising.

 

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Steps to Enroll for Homeschool/Private school students:

 
  1. Complete the online application for the College. Once the FCC student identification number is received, determine the need for placement testing:
    1. If exempt from placement testing, submit proof of the exemption to FCC.
    2. If not exempt, sit for the ACCUPLACER to determine college readiness.
  2. Complete Online Orientation
    All Open Campus Dual Enrollment students are required to complete our comprehensive online orientation.

    Start Orientation
  3. Complete advising:
    1. Speak with your high school counselor about dual credit opportunities.
    2. If needed, meet with an FCC academic advisor to select the college course(s).
  4. Complete registration for the college course(s). This can be completed online or at Registration & Records at FCC.
  5. ​Your Dual Enrollment discount will automatically be applied to your account within a week of registering for your class(es).
  6. Pay for your course(s) by the appropriate Drop Zone deadline.
  7. Purchase textbooks.
  8. Attend course(s).
How much does an Open Campus course cost?
For 2021-2022, tuition is $87.08 per credit hour and fees are $29.34 per credit hour. Tuition discount is calculated as 75% of $129 per credit hour, students pay 90% of that 75% rate and is only available for Fall/Spring courses. Tuition is waived for students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Meals. All students must pay fees. See More
Credits Tuition Fees Student Pays
1 $ 87.08 $ 29.34 $ 116.42
2 $ 174.15 $ 58.68 $ 232.83
3 $ 261.23 $ 88.02 $ 349.25
4 $ 348.30 $117.36 $ 465.66
What are a student’s payment options?
Students have the option of paying their tuition and fees in full or setting up an automatic payment plan. Both can be done on the student’s PeopleSoft account under the Financial Account tile. Open Campus students follow the Drop Zone deadlines outlined in the semester course schedule and FCC website.
What FCC resources are available to students if they are dually enrolled?
A dually enrolled high school student can access all resources available to FCC students (Learning Commons; free tutoring at the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, and STEM Learning Center; online databases; online Writing Center).
Does FCC provide accommodations for FCPS students with an IEP or 504 plan?
Dually enrolled students, including both open campus and high school based students, seeking disability accommodations for FCC courses must request services through the FCC Disability Access Services (DAS)Office. See More

Reasonable accommodations for post-secondary classes are offered to eligible students based on a formal initiation of services request and submission of appropriate disability documentation. Students are required to meet with a disabilities specialist for an intake appointment. This appointment may be scheduled by calling 301.846.2408 or emailing Disability Access Services (DAS). More information about disability services is available here.

Take select FCC courses in a specific career track at your FCPS high school or at FCC.
Earn your high school diploma and an industry certification or credential simultaneously.

High school students in this program explore career options and earn industry certifications or credentials by following a specific career track and taking courses either at their high school, on the FCC campus, or at the FCC Monroe Center. The goal of Career Pathways students is to earn an industry certification or credential either before or shortly after high school graduation. Available career programs vary by school; course locations vary by chosen pathway. FCC courses taken for Career Pathways programs will be eligible for discounted tuition.

 

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What is Dual Enrollment: Career Pathways?
Career Pathways refers to high school students exploring career options and earning industry certifications or credentials at FCC in a variety of in-demand industries.
What makes this program different from other Dual Enrollment opportunities?
Students in the Career Pathways program will take FCC courses in a specific career track either at their high school, on the FCC main campus, or the FCC Monroe Center. Career Pathways students will have the goal of earning an industry certification or credential either before or shortly after high school graduation.
Are the courses taught at my high school or at FCC?
Course location is dependent upon the Career Pathway chosen by the student. Some courses may be taken at the high school, while other courses may take place on the FCC main campus or Monroe Center.
What and where is the FCC Monroe Center?
The Monroe Center is an FCC facility that houses offices, classrooms, and labs for Construction and Building Trades, Healthcare and Wellness, and the Hospitality, Culinary & Tourism Institute, including a commercial kitchen and demonstration restaurant. It is located at 200 Monroe Avenue in Frederick, MD.
What FCC career programs are available for Career Pathways?
Much like the High School Based program, each high school will offer different Career Pathways options depending on student interest and staffing. See More

Career Pathways programs may include: CNA/GNA Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Technician, Sterile Processing, Electrical Letter of Recognition, Electrical Certificate, HVAC Letter of Recognition, HVAC Certificate, Welding Letter of Recognition, Welding Certificate, Veterinary Assistant, and Hospitality, Culinary & Tourism Institute courses.
How much do courses cost for Career Pathways?
Some FCPS courses may fulfill requirements in certain programs for which the student does not have to pay. FCC courses taken for Career Pathways programs will be eligible for discounted tuition.
What FCC resources are available to students if they are dually enrolled?
A dually enrolled high school student can access all resources available to FCC students (Learning Commons; free tutoring at the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, and STEM Learning Center; online databases; online Writing Center).
How do I enroll in the Career Pathways Dual Enrollment program?

  1. Speak with your high school counselor about your plans to take a Continuing Education or Workforce Development (CEWD) course or program
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  1. Browse course offerings on the CEWD registration site and confirm the need for placement testing by contacting the Dual Enrollment office at [email protected]
  2. Register for classes using the CEWD Registration Form  
    1. CHECK the box identifying yourself as a Frederick County high school student
  3. FCC Student Accounts will reach out to you about payment - payment plans are available for some programs.
    1. Tuition will be discounted by 32.5% for CEWD courses. All students are responsible for fees
    2. FCPS students who qualify for Free and Reduced Meals will NOT pay tuition
  4. Purchase any necessary textbooks or materials for your classes through the FCC Bookstore
  5. Attend class(es)
Can I enroll in a Career Pathways program at FCC even if my high school does not offer a CTE completer partnership?
Any FCPS student may enroll in any approved Career Pathways program at FCC as a Dual Enrollment student. See More

Students will be eligible for the Dual Enrollment tuition discount. However, students from high schools without the pathway partnerships may not be eligible to earn high school credit for Career Pathways programs. Please contact your school counselor for more information about high school credits. Current high schools that offer a CTE completer partnership: Frederick High School.
Does FCC provide accommodations for FCPS students with an IEP or 504 plan?
Dually enrolled students seeking disability accommodations for FCC courses must request services through the FCC Disability Access Services (DAS) Office. Reasonable accommodations for post-secondary classes are offered to eligible students based on a formal initiation of services request and submission of appropriate disability documentation. See More

Students are required to meet with a disabilities specialist for an intake appointment. This appointment may be scheduled by calling 301.846.2408 or emailing Disability Access Services (DAS). More information about disability services is available at Disability Access Services (DAS) Office.
 

Graduate with a high school diploma and an FCC associate degree simultaneously.

High school students in the Early College program at FCC have the opportunity to earn an associate degree while still completing high school by attending FCC full-time during their junior and senior years. Similar to traditional full-time undergraduate students, Early College students follow the FCC academic calendar and have the option to take day, evening, online, and weekend courses. Schedules are developed with the Early College Coordinator. Early College students receive a discounted tuition rate at FCC.

 

 

     
     

 

 

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Aatikah Bajwa
“I love the vibe, the atmosphere of FCC, the confidence I have in doing my work, and the amazing professors.”


Aatikah Bajwa is a high school senior and is completing her second year in the Early College program. She will graduate from high school and from FCC simultaneously, with an associate degree in pre-health. After graduation, she plans to pursue a degree in either health science or biology.

What high school do you go to?
Walkersville High School

How did you find out about the Early College program at FCC?
I saw an announcement about the program during lunch hour and was curious to see what it was about.

What degree are you earning from FCC?
I am earning my associate degree.

What made you decide to apply to the program?
I am planning to enter the medical field, which is a lot of schooling, so I thought it would be a good idea to get a head start.

What was your first year in the program like?
My first year in the program was quite interesting. There were many points where I thought that joining the program was not a good idea, but I eventually pushed through, got through my assignments, and was able to get the grades that made me feel accomplished. The program was exactly how I expected it to be and better, I loved getting that early college experience, and it has really helped me be ready for the next step.

What has been your favorite thing about being in the Early College program?
My favorite thing about being in this program was meeting all these amazing people who had similar goals to myself and were amazing to hang around. I have created friendships that I wish would last a lifetime. I love the vibe, the atmosphere of FCC, the confidence I have in doing my work, and the amazing professors. It is honestly so amazing.

What are you looking forward to in this second year of the program?
For my second year, I'm looking forward to making amazing memories with the people I have met through the program, I look forward to enjoying the senior experience, and I can't wait for graduation.
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Adam MoeZaw

“Early College will help me achieve my long-term goals.”
 
Adam MoeZaw is a senior at Frederick High School and will graduate this spring with a high school diploma and an associate degree in pre-health professions from FCC. After graduation, he will attend Columbia University, where he will be a member of the men’s Track & Field team.  

What high school do you go to?
I currently attend Frederick High School.
 
How did you find out about the Early College program at FCC?
I found out about the Early College program at FCC when I was taking an ACCE 101 after-school class in 10th grade.
 
What degree are you earning from FCC?
Associate degree in pre-health professions
 
What made you decide to apply to the program?
I felt as if it was the best opportunity to set me ahead and begin earning credits for college.
 
What was your first year in the program like?
My first year was completely online and it was definitely hard to adjust to at first. Once I started to get in a groove with things and adapt I was thankfully successful.
 
What has been your favorite thing about being in the Early College program?
My favorite thing about being in the Early College program is being able to have an adaptive and flexible schedule for other things such as sports, work, etc.
 
Have you been able to stay involved with your high school as an Early College student?
Yes, Early College has not limited me from participating in activities at my high school. From personal experience, I was on the football and track team, whilst maintaining my role as president of the Necktie Club.
 
How will Early College help you achieve your long-term goals?
Early College will help me achieve my long-term goals by setting me up for success and being able to adapt to a full-time college student lifestyle while being in high school.
 
What advice would you give someone considering Early College?
Believe in yourself and make sure you have your weekly schedule planned out to stay on top of things!

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Olivia Williams
 “I decided to apply to the program because I loved the idea of committing full-time to learning what I was interested in and preparing specifically for my future career.”
 
Olivia Williams attends Brunswick High School and recently completed her first year of the Early College program at FCC. Through the program, she will graduate from high school and from FCC with an associate degree simultaneously.
 
What high school do you go to?
I go to Brunswick High School.
 
How did you find out about the Early College program at FCC?
I found out about the Early College program by looking for other opportunities because I missed the application date for CTC, the program I had planned to do my junior and senior years. In looking with my parents, we found this program and felt it would benefit my career.
 
What degree are you earning from FCC?
I am earning an associate degree in culinary arts.
 
What made you decide to apply to the program?
I decided to apply to the program because I loved the idea of committing full-time to learning what I was interested in and preparing specifically for my future career. I feel as though this program gives you a kickstart for what you want to do for a living. I’ve wanted to pursue culinary arts for a really long time. It felt so fitting to what I wanted to do.
 
What was your first year in the program like? Was it what you expected?
My first year in this program was an impactful learning experience. Not only did I take my culinary classes, but I also took my high school requirement classes. I got to experience college courses in their fullness. Going from high school to college was a challenge but a very helpful one. I struggled in some areas, but I also excelled in many areas. Learning in this format made me appreciate school more than I ever have. I didn't know what to expect for college, but it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. I was able to get used to it and thrive in that environment.
 
What has been your favorite thing about being in the Early College program?
One of my favorite things about this program is that you get an experience that you wouldn't be able to in your high school education. High school can make you feel like you're meeting requirements for a statistic, and the information you're learning isn't helpful later in life.
 
This program allows me to learn what I want to learn about alongside my high school requirements, and it makes school fun and exciting. And, on top of all of that, you get to graduate high school with an associate degree and other certifications you may earn in taking your different courses.
 
One of my favorite parts this year was a catering project we had. We had almost 100 people come through. The class was hybrid format, so once a week we got to be in the kitchen. Monroe Center was really cool. I saw mostly culinary students at first and other students came back later on in the year. It helped seeing other classes there too.
 
What are you looking forward to in the next year of the program?
Next year in the program I am excited to start my other culinary classes and I'm looking forward to getting good grades, learning, and making good memories before I graduate. I’m excited for restaurant class, nutrition class, and to see the school busier with more students.
 
How will the Early College program help you achieve your long-term goals?
I will graduate with a lot of certifications, which is helpful in getting a job. I’m already Serv-Safe certified.
 
How have you grown academically in Early College?
In high school, it’s a lot of memorizing. In Early College I was learning and understanding. I felt like I understood what I was doing. In high school they cram a lot in and you’re memorizing for a test and then you forget. It didn’t feel that way with college.
 
Have you been able to stay involved in high school?
I can participate in school programs, but I chose to focus on college. I’m thinking about joining a culinary club at FCC.
 
Do you have any advice for someone considering Early College?
Don’t be nervous, and if you have a specific career in mind, start this program. You can finish school and not lose interest in what you want to do. It’s a good balance.
 
What are your future plans?
I just started a job at the Holiday Inn, so I’m getting experience in the hospitality industry. I might take a short break, take a class in business administration, and then I want to start catering or selling food. My main goal is to have my own bakery/café.
 
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Paige Romeril

Doing this program doesn’t mean you have to cut out everything else in your life. If you’re good at managing time, you’ll be perfectly fine in the program.”
 
Paige Romeril recently completed her junior year at Catoctin High School and her first year in the Early College program at FCC. With a career goal of becoming an optometrist, Paige recognized that she would need to complete a significant amount of schooling in her future. When she learned about the Early College program at FCC, she knew it would be a great way to get ahead on her education while saving money. Paige plans to transfer to a four-year school after she graduates from the program.
 
 
What high school do you go to?
I attend Catoctin High School.
 
How did you find out about the Early College program at FCC?
I found out about this program through social media.
 
What degree are you earning from FCC?
I am earning a biology degree.
 
What made you decide to apply to the program?
I decided to apply to this program because it is a great opportunity to get a head start on my career and save money. I thought it was a good opportunity because I know what I want to be and I’ve got a lot of school ahead of me and it’s going to be expensive.
 
What was your first year in the program like?
At first it was difficult to adjust to the new online format with COVID, as well as the speed of the college courses. I was able to keep up by using resources on the FCC website, online tutors, and speaking to my professors for clarification.
 
What has been your favorite thing about being in the Early College program?
I like the college environment, even though it’s online. Even though I wasn't attending classes on campus, I was able to accumulate friends in the program and in my classes. I also really like that there is less in-class time and more time for me to work independently. I do work on my own and I can map out my week beforehand and plan my week accordingly. I like that it allows me to be more independent.
 
How have you grown academically in Early College?
I feel much more knowledgeable about everything. Some people in my high school have asked me for help with chemistry. I feel like I know what I’m doing. In high school you feel like you’re just going through it and not really learning.
 
Were you able to stay involved with your high school?
It was really easy to make time for everything I wanted to do. I played travel volleyball, high school volleyball, and beach volleyball. I am the SGA class president and I’m in National Honor Society, Junior Club, and a school spirit club called Crazies.
 
 
What are you looking forward to in the next year of the program?
I am looking forward to being on campus and walking outside from class to class. I look forward to interacting with my peers and professors in real life. As a science major, I’m looking forward to doing labs in real life and meeting others in the program as well as my professors.
 
Advice for someone considering Early College?
Doing this program doesn’t mean you have to cut out everything else in your life. If you’re good at managing time, you’ll be perfectly fine in the program.
 
I’d also say definitely use the FCC resources. Both semesters I started off not that strong, but you will adjust. I ended up with straight As both semesters. Use the online tutoring and talk to your professors. They always have office hours. If I ever needed any help with anything I didn’t hesitate to ask. Teachers are there to help, but you have to take the initiative and ask.
 
 
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Nora Ellis
“This is a great opportunity for me and I’m going to benefit a lot in the future. It’s exactly what I was looking for.”
 
 
Nora Ellis recently completed their first year of the Early College program at FCC. After ninth grade, Nora was already excited about going to college and looking past high school. The Early College program enables them to complete high school and earn an associate degree from FCC simultaneously.
 
What high school do you go to?
Linganore High School
 
How did you find out about the Early College program at FCC?
Initially, my mom introduced it to me, but I immediately researched the program further. I attended an information session at FCC about the program.
 
What degree are you earning from FCC?
I am working on a history degree.
 
What made you decide to apply to the program?
Tagging along with my older sister for her college tours got me eager to move on from high school and go to college. From preschool through middle school I was educated with the Montessori method. Upon starting high school, I missed the responsibility of making choices for my own education.
 
What was your first year in the program like? Was it what you expected?
I thoroughly enjoyed my first year of the program. I encountered some challenges and learned lots of new skills. There were many things that I was not expecting, like the amount of work I received and what form that work took. And of course, every class had different expectations and the amount of work assigned.
 
What has been your favorite thing about being in the Early College program?
I love being able to manage my own schedule. I can choose what time I have class and when to do my work during the week. In high school I didn’t have enough challenging classes. I feel appropriately challenged in the Early College program. I also don’t have to get up at 5:30 in the morning to go to school!
 
What are you looking forward to in the next year of the program?
I am looking forward to taking some higher-level classes and taking classes on campus and in-person. I am excited to interact with my fellow classmates and professors in my in-person classes. It will be a different experience and talking to them in-person will be more valuable. I think I will get even more out of it that way.
 
How will the Early College program help you achieve your long-term goals?
I don’t know what I want to do as a career yet, so I’m hoping these two years of college will help me explore and hopefully I’ll get an idea of what I want to do.
 
How have you grown academically in Early College?
In elementary and middle school I always had a passion for learning, but in high school I lost it. That passion has re-ignited in Early College. I’ve gotten back into enjoying education again.
 
Have you been able to stay involved in high school?
I still attended academic team meetings at my high school and hope to do that again next year.
 
Do you have any advice for someone considering Early College?
Take advantage of all the resources FCC has. There are a lot more available than in high school.
 
What are your future plans?
I plan to go to a four-year school, maybe a small liberal arts college. I don’t know what I’ll do just yet. This is a great opportunity for me and I’m going to benefit a lot in the future. It’s exactly what I was looking for.
 

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What is Early College at FCC?
Graduates of Early College at FCC will earn an associate degree and high school diploma simultaneously by attending FCC full-time during their junior and senior years. The program was created to increase participation and completion of students from populations historically underrepresented in higher education, and is open to all FCPS high school students. 
Why should I sign up for Early College? What are the benefits?
Early College at FCC offers students:
  • Structured guidance to complete an associate degree with a cohort of students
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  • Savings on time and money while completing postsecondary education goals
  • Rigorous coursework in a college campus setting for the last two years of high school
  • An associate degree from FCC and a high school diploma from FCPS in just four years
  • Flexibility to major in most programs offered by FCC
What does a student’s day look like at Early College?
The day of an Early College student will be very similar to the day of a traditional full-time undergraduate student. See More
Early College students follow the FCC academic calendar and most classes occur between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with evening, online, and weekend courses available. Some programs may require coursework during the summer term or January session, at clinical or internship sites, or at the Monroe Center. Early College student schedules will be developed with the student by the Early College Coordinator.

Early College students will spend approximately 15 hours in class over the course of a week and should expect to spend approximately 30 additional hours completing out-of-class work per week. Student schedules may have open blocks of time during the day to complete this work.

All students will have access to FCC facilities including the Learning Commons, STEM Learning Center, and Cougar Grille before and after classes. During their first semester, most Early College students will be enrolled in a cohort section of English 101, designed around a theme of college success.
How do I qualify for Early College at FCC?
To qualify for entry into Early College, by the end of grade 10, students must:
  • Be currently enrolled as a FCPS student*
  • Have completed a minimum of 16 high school graduation credits.
  • Complete State Assessment Requirements for High School Graduation (passing scores for MCAP, MISA, HSA, etc.)
  • Meet College and Career Readiness standards for Dual Enrollment. Assessment scores (SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER, MCAP, and more) determine college and career readiness. Scores required to enroll in college level, credit-bearing courses are below.


Required: two credits each of high school English, math, science, and social studies, including English 10, Algebra 1, Biology, and Government

Strongly Recommended: Math through Algebra 2; a third high school lab science credit (usually either Chemistry or Environmental Science); completion of fine arts, physical education, health, technology education, financial literacy, and “Completer” (e.g. two years of the same World Language) credits
  • Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative unweighted GPA (3.0 or higher preferred)
  • Complete an Early College Application Packet and interview process


* Please email the Dual Enrollment Office for questions about other Dual Enrollment opportunities for students not in FCPS.
Are Dual Enrollment final course grades weighted on my high school transcript?
Yes, grades earned in Dual Enrollment courses (including High School Based, Open Campus, and Early College) count as weighted grades in your high school GPA, but only for courses for which you elect to receive dual credit.  
What is the application and admissions process?
Early College admission applications will be due by April 1, 2021 of a for current FCPS sophomores. Students who apply and meet the program qualifications may be scheduled for an interview by Early College staff as part of the application process. Enrollment for Fall 2021 (graduation class of 2023) is limited to 25 students county-wide due to Early College staff limitations. All students who meet the above qualifications are welcome to apply.
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Applicants are encouraged to review the Early College Interview Prep Tool in the Application Packet to prepare for their face-to-face interview with the Early College staff. Prior to the interview, applicants will have an opportunity to see the questions and take notes to prepare.
What are the costs? Is financial aid available?
Below are the estimated tuition and fees for an Early College student for one semester. See More
Credits 12 13 14 15* 16
Tuition $1,036.80 $1,123.20 $1,209.60 $1,296.00 $1,382.40
Fees $338.20 $363.60 $389.00 $414.40 $439.80
Student Pays $1,375.00
$1,486.80  
$1,598.60 $1,710.40 $1,822.20
*Students should expect to enroll in a minimum of 15 credits per semester

Note:
  • Tuition is 75% of $129 a credit hour, students pay 90% of that 75%
  • Tuition is waived for students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Meals
  • All students must pay fees
  • Books and other materials have an estimated cost of $600 per semester

Early College students are not eligible for financial aid programs accessible only to high school graduates, including: PELL Grants, Maryland Promise Scholarship, and Federal Student Aid, including loans. However, FCC offers a number of tuition and fees payment plans. Students can use Maryland 529 plans to pay for Early College at FCC. Scholarships may be available to cover some of the costs.

Early College students typically save more than $2,000 on their associate degree at FCC.

Estimate Tuition and Fees Per Semester:
Early College $1,730
FCC after high school graduation $2,360
University of Maryland College Park $5,480

 
What are the academic and conduct expectations of me as a student?
Prior to the start of the program, Early College students will participate in a mandatory transition course (one college credit) during the summer at FCC.
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Early College students are responsible for their own attendance and there is no required check-in on campus; however, college faculty will share attendance requirements for individual courses.

Students will need to access FCC course websites and will benefit from having a computer and internet access at home. Students without access to a computer or internet at home may utilize FCC open computer labs or the Learning Commons during regular operating hours.

Students in Early College will be held to the same conduct standards as FCC students and FCPS students. Students in violation of these standards may be subject to discipline at either or both institutions.
Will parents/guardians be informed of a student's enrollment in a college course?
Per the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), all communication from the college will be addressed to the student. See More
It is the responsibility of students to share all information with their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians are encouraged to be actively involved in the registration process with their child each semester and speak with their child about course progress.
What if I am unsuccessful or want to withdraw?
Early College academic progress standards are designed to protect students from delayed high school graduation. See More
Students who do not demonstrate appropriate academic progress will be dismissed from Early College and will return to their home high school. These students will continue to be eligible to take Open Campus and High School Based Dual Enrollment courses and may apply to become traditional FCC students following high school graduation. Students may also elect to withdraw from the program, in consultation with the Early College coordinator.
Will transportation be provided?
Transportation will not be provided. Students and families should consider how they will provide consistent transportation for Early College. See More
If transportation is a significant barrier for participation in Early College, applicants should contact the FCC Dual Enrollment office for assistance.

Note: The FCC main campus is on the city bus route and located near the FCPS Career and Technology Center (CTC).
Can I participate in extracurricular activities at my home high school and at FCC?
Students are dually enrolled at both their home FCPS high school and at FCC. As such, students can access clubs and extracurricular programs at either institution (with the exception of FCC athletic teams). See More
However, individual college schedules may not accommodate FCPS extracurricular events as readily as the home high school would. Students need to consider the level of involvement with any extracurricular program and their ability to balance activities with Early College academic demands.
Does FCC provide accommodations for FCPS students with an IEP or 504 plan?
Dually enrolled students seeking disability accommodations for FCC courses must request services through the FCC Disability Access Services (DAS) Office. Accommodations at FCC may not be the same as those provided by FCPS. See More

Reasonable accommodations for post-secondary classes are offered to eligible students based on a formal initiation of services request and submission of appropriate disability documentation. Students are required to meet with a disabilities specialist for an intake appointment. This appointment may be scheduled by calling 301.846.2408 or emailing Disability Access Services (DAD. More information about disability services is available at  Disability Access Services (DAS) Office.


 

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Placement Test Exemption Scores


Test English Math
ACCUPLACER Reading: 253
Writing: 263
Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics: 263
SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing: 480 530
ACT Average score of Reading and Writing Tests: 21 21
MCAP *English 10 or 11: 4 or 5 Algebra II or Geometry: 4 or 5
FCPS Course Final Grade English 10, 11, or combined 10/11: A or B

AP Lang/Comp or Lit/Comp: A or B

English 12 Portfolio Requirements
Algebra II or higher** within the past two years: A or B
AP Exam English Lang/Comp or Lit/Comp: 3 or higher Calculus AB or BC: 3 or higher
FCPS GPA Unweighted after junior or senior year: 3.0
*Math exemptions on this chart are for placement into MATH 110,113,101,120,125,127,145. Please contact the Dual Enrollment Office for placement requirements for MATH165 or higher.
**Students who receive an A in FCPS Pre-Calculus are eligible to enroll in FCC MATH185: Calculus I. The Accuplacer is available to students wishing to take FCC MATH185 who did not earn an A in FCPS Pre-Calculus.

 

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Program Benefits
High School Based
Open Campus
Career Pathways
Early College
Broad course offerings
Classes held at FCC main campus or Monroe Center
Classes held at the high school
Classes offered during regular school day
Experience of a college campus
Flexible course times
Discounted tuition
No textbook costs
Online course options
Opportunity to earn an associate degree by high school graduation
Opportunity to earn an industry credential or certificate by high school graduation
Preparation for a job in an in-demand industry
 
Program Requirements
High School Based
Open Campus
Career Pathways
Early College
Apply to FCC
Complete FCPS enrollment paperwork
Follow all FCC policies and procedures
Follow all FCPS policies and procedures
Pay for courses
Schedule courses through high school counseling center
Schedule courses with FCC advisor or online
Summer college transition course
Take Accuplacer test or meet exemption requirements
Travel to FCC main campus or Monroe Center

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If you have questions about any of our offerings or wish to enroll, please reach out to your school counselor, email us, or contact one of our Dual Enrollment staff members. We look forward to hearing from you!

Beth Duffy
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240.629.7886
Andrew McClain
FCC Dual Enrollment and Early College Coordinator
301.624.2893
Diana Sung
FCPS Coordinator for Dual Enrollment
301.696.6879