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Is There Financial Aid for the GED?

Question:
Is there financial aid available for GED classes? I want to finish high school, but I'm not sure I can afford to pay to go back to school.

Answer:
I hear that you want to advance your education but that money is an issue.

If you want to take the GED, the most inexpensive way is to prepare with books that you can get out of a library, and then take the GED exam at a local official site. (Your state’s department of education will give you accurate information on where and when you can take it). GED preparatory classes, while useful to many students, do cost more money than preparing on your own.

The GED exam, which includes various subject tests, generally costs under $100. If this cost is too much for you, you might be able to get assistance through a local vocational agency or department of social services in your state.

Finally, there is the option of the online high school diploma. If you can find a local high school with an online option, it might be free for you, just as public school would be. With private online high school programs, there will be tuition, which will certainly be higher than the cost of a GED test. Some schools may have financial aid for these online programs—you can write to the program you are interested in and ask to speak to their admissions counselor.

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