The Technical College System of Georgia on Monday announced that eligible Georgians can now earn their high school equivalency diploma for free.
Earlier this year, the Georgia General Assembly passed, and Gov. Brian P. Kemp signed into law, a bill establishing the HOPE High School Equivalency Examination Grant Program. Eligible Georgians will receive an award of up to $200 to cover exam fees for the GED exam.
“High school equivalency diplomas give Georgia residents greater access to employment and higher education opportunities,” said system Commissioner, Greg Dozier in a press release. “By providing the funding to cover the costs of testing, we are opening the doors to life-changing opportunities for our fellow citizens.”
There are more than 1 million adults ages 18 and older in Georgia without a high school diploma or equivalency. For some test-takers, this grant will remove the last barrier they face before earning their High School Equivalency diploma. The HOPE HSE Examination Grant is fully funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education and is available for the GED exam.
“We are so grateful that Georgia now provides a mechanism to address one of the most significant barriers that adults face when considering earning a high school equivalency diploma — the cost of testing,” said TCSG Assistant Commissioner for Adult Education, Dr. Cayanna Good, in a press release.
For an individual to be eligible to receive a HOPE HSE Examination Grant, they must meet general HOPE requirements and the system’s HSE test readiness standards. Georgians can apply once per subject area exam. Adult Education providers across the state also offer free classes with flexible schedules to help Georgians prepare for their HSE test. Grant funds are subject to annual state appropriation and availability of funds.
West Georgia Technical College offers GED classes at its Coweta County campus. Visit https://www.westgatech.edu/adult-education/ged/ for more information.
To learn more about the GED exam grants, visit www.HSEtest4Free.com .