Prince George's County Public Schools, Prince George's Community College, and University of Maryland University College are offering an affordable, definitive pathway to a bachelor’s degree for students in Prince George’s County, beginning with dual enrollment in high school.

Through the county's specialized 3D Scholars Program, Prince George's County public high school students can earn a bachelor's degree at University of Maryland University College for a total cost of less than $10,000.

Student Eligibility

Applicants to the 3D Scholars Program must

  • Be enrolled in the 10th grade at a Prince George's County public high school
  • Hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Meet the program's score requirements for at least one college preparatory exam (Accuplacer, SAT, or ACT)
  • Complete the application form, a 500 word essay, and provide two teacher recommendations to their counselor by the application deadline.

The program accepts 25 students per year.

Program Description

Students who are accepted into the program begin taking courses at PGCC while still in high school, earning credits toward an associate's degree. Upon graduation from high school, students immediately transition to PGCC to complete the associate's degree. Finally, they are awarded a scholarship to UMUC to earn their bachelor's degree for a total cost of less than $10,000.

At UMUC, they can select one of three bachelor's degrees:

Students will work with an advisor when enrolled at each institution to provide individual guidance through the program to ensure a seamless transition from high school to PGCC, and from PGCC to UMUC.

For More Information

Students can call 855-267-8682 for 3D Scholars Program-specific academic advising. Those interested in finding out more information can visit the official PGCPS 3D Scholars Program webpage or e-mail 3DScholars@pgcps.org.

FAQs: About the Program

What is the 3D Scholars Program? +

The Prince George's 3D Scholars Program is a specialized program through which students earn credits towards an associate's degree while in high school, then immediately transition to PGCC to complete their associate's degree, and are then awarded a scholarship to UMUC to earn their bachelor's degree for a total cost of less than $10,000.

The name “3D” stands for the three degrees earned in the program: high school diploma, associate's degree, and bachelor's degree.

What are the eligibility requirements for the 3D Scholars Program? +

Applicants to the 3D Scholars Program must

  • Be enrolled in the 10th grade at a Prince George's County public high school
  • Hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Meet the program's score requirements for at least one college preparatory exam (Accuplacer, SAT, or ACT)
  • Complete the application form, a 500 word essay, and provide two teacher recommendations to their counselor by the application deadline.

Do homeschooled or private school students qualify for the 3D Scholars Program? +

No. Students must enroll in a Prince George's County public high school to take advantage of the program.

Does everyone applying to the 3D Scholars Program get accepted? If not, when do students find out if they are accepted? +

Only students who meet the program requirements will be eligible for entrance into the program. Final decisions will be made by PGCPS via lottery. The program accepts 25 students per year. Acceptance letters are mailed out by PGCPS on or before May 1.

What fees am I responsible to pay for the 3D Scholars Program? +

While students are enrolled at a Prince George's County public high school, PGCPS will pay tuition for all eligible dual enrolled students while they are enrolled in PGCC. PGCPS will also pay all fees and textbook expenses for students who receive free and reduced-price meals (FARMS).

Students who are not in the FARMS program must pay all fees and purchase their own textbooks.

When a student transitions to PGCC, if they are eligible for a Pell Grant, all tuition, fees, and textbooks will be covered by the Pell Grant. Students who are not eligible for a Pell Grant will be responsible for fees, discounts, and tuition at a discount of 50 percent.

When a student transitions to UMUC, if they are eligible for a Pell Grant, all tuition and fees will be covered by the Pell Grant. Students who are not eligible for a Pell Grant will be awarded a scholarship that covers all remaining tuition and fees for the student to complete their bachelor's degree (excludes car and other living expenses). UMUC students can complete most undergraduate degrees without purchasing textbooks, thanks to electronic resources that are available at no cost, are immediately available through your online classroom, and are always up to date.

FAQs: Transportation, Calendar, and Course Information

Does PGCPS provide transportation services for students accepted to the 3D Scholars Program? +

No. Parents are responsible for transporting students to their college courses.

What do 3D Scholars do in the case of inclement weather, once enrolled in a college course? +

Students will be subject to attendance requirements set forth by the college of attendance. While they are enrolled in PGCC, for example, they must utilize the PGCC calendar even if they are dually enrolled in PGCPS. Students are responsible for making up any schoolwork at the college that is missed due to inclement weather or any change in schedules at their high school.

Which school calendar do the students in the 3D Scholars Program follow? +

Students must follow the high school calendar for high school courses and the appropriate college calendar for college courses.

Do college courses also count toward high school graduation requirements for students accepted to the 3D Scholars Program? +

Only dual credit courses will count for high school graduation. These dual credit courses are a limited, preapproved list of courses, and the grades are weighted on a 5.0 point scale on the high school transcript. The approved dual credit courses have been identified specifically because they will apply to requirements at all three institutions (high school, PGCC, and UMUC).

How is the 3D Scholars program different from dual enrollment? +

This is the first program that provides a definitive path directly to a bachelor's degree from high school. Students will receive an advisor when enrolled at each institution to provide individual guidance through the program to ensure a seamless transition from high school to PGCC and from PGCC to UMUC.

Do 3D Scholars need to apply to PGCC and UMUC? +

Yes. Students will need to apply to PGCC and UMUC at the appropriate times and meet the minimum requirements to continue the 3D Scholars Program. The application fee will be waived at each institution.