The Early Entrance Program is designed for high-achieving students in grades 8-12 who are ready for a new challenge by taking college courses. With this program, you can create a seamless academic schedule and plan your courses at Howard Community College and at your home school. You will also be able to complete all or most of your admission processes, including application, testing, and registration well in advance of general registration periods.
Steps to Apply
- Complete and submit our online application. Answer "yes" to the questions about being a current high school student and taking courses in high school. Your application fee is waived.
- Have your parent and high school counselor fill out the Early Entrance Signature Form to complete the admissions process.
- Fulfill any public and private school requirements, especially high school seniors who may be taking HCC classes during the school day.
- Follow the standard dates and deadlines for the term in which you seek to enroll. Complete your process early to have the best possible courses and schedule.
- Meet the prerequisites (academic requirement) for the courses. You may also be required to take HCC's placement exam.
- Remember, Early Entrance students are limited to two courses each semester. Seniors may be permitted to enroll in classes during the school day as part of an early release option.
- Read and follow the additional steps below, depending on your grade level in school.
High School Juniors and Seniors
- Consider if our Early Admission Option is right for you. This option enables high school seniors to complete high school graduation requirements through full-time study at HCC under very specific circumstances. Students are generally required to complete 24-30 credits of college coursework, including at least one college-level English composition course. Consent from high school officials is required to participate in this option.
- Follow the appropriate application procedures, if you plan to attend HCC after your high school graduation.
8th – 10th Grade Students
Admission to HCC will be considered on an individual basis, if you are enrolled in gifted and talented programs or can otherwise demonstrate outstanding ability.
- Meet with an admissions counselor for a pre-admission interview, if you are in 8th - 10th grade. At least one parent or guardian must be in attendance. Make an appointment by contacting the Office of Admissions and Advising at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-518-4599.
- Show documentation of outstanding abilities and maturity, in accordance with state law, including such items as:
- Test scores
- Note: The award of high school credit for college coursework is arranged through your school and does not involve the college.
- Howard Community College reserves the right to grant admission to secondary school students on an individual basis. Social and emotional maturity are taken into consideration
- Financial aid and scholarships are not available for Early Entrance students.
- Policies regarding students records policies and confidentiality are available in the college’s catalog and should be reviewed.
- According to Senate Bill 740 (SB 740), some Howard County Public School System students may be eligible for a tuition benefit at HCC. Please review Dual Enrollment (SB-740) Quick Facts for additional information.
According to Maryland Senate Bill 740, some dual and concurrent enrollment students may be eligible for a tuition benefit at Howard Community College. Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) students are eligible to receive this benefit, if they are enrolled in an approved Howard Community College course or courses and meet the criteria specified by HCPSS. Students must obtain this approval from HCPSS. Private and home school students are not covered under SB-740.
HCPSS students who enroll in a fall or winter/spring course at HCC are eligible for a 50% discount, if taking the course while concurrently enrolled at both HCC and HCPSS.* Students who receive FARM (Free and Reduced Meals) are eligible for a full tuition discount, and will only be responsible for fees. FARM information is confidential and only shared with appropriate HCC and HCPSS staff at the time of approval.
All students pay the full consolidated and course fees. Additional resources for fees and books may be available for students with financial need. Tuition and fees may be adjusted annually to reflect changes in HCC’s tuition and fee rates.