College and Career Preparation is provided to all students in grades K-12. Students receive college and career information through classroom lessons, workshops, career days, webinars, information sessions, field trips, and individual meetings.
CCR Weekly: For the most up-to-date information, please read our weekly HCPSS College & Career Readiness Newsletter!
Students attending a two-year college work toward an Associate’s Degree or a certification program. Maryland has 16 community colleges all offering open-admission and affordable tuition. Further, community colleges provide opportunities for transfer degrees, workforce training, and continued learning. To learn about all Maryland Community Colleges click here.
Students attending a four-year college or university work toward a Bachelor’s Degree in a specified major. As of 2020, there were a total of 4,298 four-year institutions, of which 1,626 were public, 1687 were private, and 985 were private for-profit.
College Planning Timeline
College Search Information
Financial Aid: Financial aid is money provided by an outside source to help pay for college or career school. Grants, work-study, loans, and scholarships help make college or career school affordable. You can estimate your eligibility for federal student aid and your Student Aid Index (formerly known as Estimated Family Contribution) using the Federal Student Aid Estimator.
Athletics in College: Interested in continuing your athletic career in college? Visit NCAA.org to understand the steps that need to be taken to be eligible to participate in college athletics.
College Admission Testing
College Application Process
In addition to their actual college application, students applying to college are required to submit transcripts and letters of recommendations to admission offices. The process to request transcripts and letters of recommendation is linked below:
Comprising seven different branches, the military offers career training, health and retirement benefits, housing benefits, and tuition support. If your student is interested in pursuing the military upon graduation, feel free to contact the appropriate recruiter below.
Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential.
HCPSS Apprenticeship Opportunities:
Apprenticeships beyond HCPSS:
A trade school is a postsecondary educational institution designed to train students for a specific job in a skilled trade career. Trade school offers hands-on training to prepare students for actual work in their chosen field. There are more than one hundred twenty-five private career schools in Maryland that offer training in a variety of fields. Before enrolling, make sure the school is accredited, inquire about the total program cost, complete the FAFSA, and visit the school to observe classes.