MAPCCS will be the driving force for the advocacy and development
of private college and career schools in the state of Maryland.
We will foster quality education
for each student served by promoting accessibility, affordability
and diversity for
our member schools; encourage compliance and accountability; participation
legislative activities; provide professional development; provide
networking opportunities and peer support.
MAPCCS Membership Benefits
Member schools enjoy a host of benefits. As the voice of the private
career school industry on state and federal legislative issues,
member schools ensure the quality of education for all students.
Since 1983, more than $2,650,000 in merit scholarships have been
offered to deserving high school seniors interested in training
which leads directly to careers. MAPCCS members are committed to
the continuing education and professional development of their faculties
and staffs and sponsor an Annual Conference as well as monthly business
and training meetings. Any school interested in the advancement
of private career school education may join the Association.
For more information on member schools, including contact information,
visit the member schools page. For more information about the Association,
contact the Association office.
Accreditation and Approvals
All schools are approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
Many MAPCCS schools are accredited by national accrediting bodies.
Many schools are also approved for the education of veteran and
other eligible dependents.
ACICS- Accrediting Commission for Independent
Colleges and Schools
ABHES- Accrediting Board of Health Education Schools
NACCAS- National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology
Arts and Sciences
CAHEA- Committee of Allied Health Education and
ACCSC- Accrediting Commission for Career Schools
ACCET- Accrediting Commission for Continuing Education
Credit Transfer Agreements
Several MAPCCS member schools have established credit transfer agreements
with Maryland community colleges and other regional colleges and
universities. These agreements enable students graduating from a
career school with such an agreement to receive a predetermined
number of credits toward a college degree. These agreements encourage
private career school graduates to continue to pursue post-secondary
education. For more information on credit transfer agreements, contact
the admissions office of the member school.
Financial assistance is offered at most member schools. Those schools
which are nationally accredited may also participate in federal
student financial aid programs , such as student loans or grants.
The loans or grants are available to eligible students. Interested
students should contact the school's financial aid office for more
Additionally, all private career schools are eligible to participate
in the Jack F. Tolbert Memorial Scholarship program. This scholarship
is awarded exclusively to Maryland residents attending Maryland
private career schools which demonstrate financial need. Maryland
residents attending nationally accredited schools may also participate
in the Maryland Senatorial and House of Delegates scholarship programs.
For more information, contact the school's financial aid office
or the Maryland State Scholarship Administration at the Maryland
Higher Education Commission..