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Is There Financial Aid for the GED?

by Karen Jo
Online Education Columnist

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.

Karen Jo Shapiro is a psychologist who specializes in leadership and career development, in addition to personal coaching. She is the owner of Your Next Steps Coaching and is on adjunct faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC. She leads workshops for women about achieving their dreams through action planning and networking. Karen Jo earned undergraduate degrees in English and Spanish from Colby College and a PsyD from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. She has published two books of humorous poetry for children.

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