Early College Programs

The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and Montgomery College (MC) Early College (EC) program is offered at each MC campus, and provides qualified students the opportunity of earning an Associate Degree in a specific content area.  Participating students will complete their 11th and 12th grade years of high school while simultaneously completing their first two years of college as a full time MC student.  They will graduate with an Associate's degree (tuition free) from MC as well as a Maryland State High School diploma.  To participate in the program students must have at least the following at the time of application (additional requirements vary by degree program):  

To participate in the program students must have at least the following at the time of application (additional requirements vary by degree program):  

  • Be enrolled in 10th grade at an MCPS high school during the current school year;  
  • Passed mathematics and English state assessments; 
  • Have an unweighted GPA of 2.75 or higher at the time of application to the program;  
  • Met or be near completion of required SSL hours; 

The tuition and textbook cost for all courses required for the MC degree and Maryland high school diploma are covered.  College fees are also covered for select students who qualify for financial assistance.

MCPS will provide transportation from various centralized locations to Richard Montgomery High School and then to the Rockville College Campus.  Students may also utilize the RideOn bus system, or the MC shuttle bus system between campuses, as part of their MC student benefits.  Students may also provide their own transportation. 

All interested students who complete the Early College application by the deadline will be invited to participate if they meet all MC requirements and program qualifications, such as testing ready on the ACCUPLACER, passing all mathematic courses, maintaining 2.75 or higher GPA, and others as determined by MC.  Please note seats are limited.  If there are more eligible students who apply than seats available in the program a lottery will conducted.

The Early College interest form is posted on the MCPS webpage on Friday, October 8, 2021 and can be quickly accessed by clicking HERE.  Students must be logged into their MCPS Google account to access the application.  The interest form will close on November 5, 2021.

Information about the Early College program is currently posted on the MC website.  Click the link HERE to access the website to view the videos, and read more information about the program.