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How to Get a GED for Free or Cheap!

How to Get a GED for Free or Cheap!

Wondering how to get a GED? We can help with that! We looked into this recently because we’ve heard from so many readers who are facing similar issues.

There are countless reasons why someone might not finish high school or obtain their GED. Unfortunately, even very entry-level jobs are demanding these credentials. One of our readers, Sierra, said that the most challenging part of her job search is “when you have to have a high school diploma or GED just for a janitor job.”

That’s the bad news – the good news is that it can be surprisingly easy and affordable to go back and get your GED!

Decide: High School Diploma or GED?

Were you close to graduation when you dropped out? If you only need a few credits, you may be able to participate in an adult high school completion program that will grant you an actual high school diploma.

However, if you need a substantial amount of credits in order to finish high school, it may be easier and faster to get a GED.

Ultimately, you have to decide what makes the most sense for you. Are you willing to take a few classes? Would you rather just take a test and get it over with? The choice is yours.

People will tell you that a high school diploma is more prestigious or higher-valued than a GED. This is true in a few select cases but most of the time it doesn’t matter which path you take.

There are obviously exceptions. Some employers and military branches prefer not to hire people with GEDs. For example, the Air Force will only recruit one GED holder for every 99 recruits with a high school diploma or higher-level degree. Very rigid and structured employers, like banking institutions, may prefer a high school diploma as it shows an adherence to rules.

However, in most cases, it doesn’t make a difference to an employer whether you have a GED or high school diploma.

Also, as weird as it sounds, you may be able to get both a high school diploma and a GED. When I was pursuing my diploma, I found out that I only needed a few more credits. I was told to take the GED test, which completed my required credits for a high school diploma. I have both! It’s weird but it worked.

Choose a legitimate, accredited program.

One of the biggest challenges to getting an adult high school diploma or a GED is finding a legitimate, accredited program to enroll in. This is really important because you cannot recover the time or money spent on a fake program.

How to Find Adult High School Diploma Programs

There are several ways that you can find legitimate adult high school programs. If you’re looking for one, the best way to find one in your area is to contact your local K12 schools, community colleges, university extension programs and government-sponsored adult education programs for referrals.

Legitimate high school diploma programs may allow you to obtain a certain number of credits from your work experience and from online classes. However, the rules vary by program so it’s important to look into all your options.

Some of the legitimate adult high school programs we’ve found include:

How to Get a GED

It’s easy to get a GED! You simply need to find out when the nearest high school equivalency exam is being held. These tests are always in-person, proctored and closed-book. That means you can’t look in any books for answers.

The easiest way to find out how to get a GED in your area is to reach out to your local community college and state Department of Education. They can tell you what tests are valid in your state and where you can take them.

There are many, many resources claiming to provide an entirely-online GED. These are not legitimate, folks, so please be careful!

Watch out for “how to get a GED” and “adult HS diploma” scams!

This is a BIG deal, guys! I’m a professional researcher and it was difficult for me to weed through all the spammy, dishonest programs that are plastered all over the front page of Google. These companies invest a lot of money in ads and SEO to ensure that they’re the first things you see. They want your money but they won’t give you anything of worth for it.

If you’re wondering how to get a GED or adult HS diploma, please take this step seriously. It’s critically important to find a legitimate, accredited program.

The Federal Trade Commission offers a lot of information on high school diploma scams because they are so abundant.

Watch out for these classic scam signs:

#1: The class is entirely online, with NO classes, NO in-person test and NO interactions with teachers. A legitimate program will offer specific days and times for testing and will not be all on-demand.

#2: You have to pay a flat-fee for the diploma but not the classes. A legitimate program may ask you to pay for testing or classes, but they will never ask you to pay for the diploma itself.

#3: The school promises you a diploma in just days or even hours. Legitimate programs require to you invest time, learn the material and demonstrate competency.

#4: The school promises you a degree for your work or life experience alone. Legitimate programs require you to demonstrate competency in the material.

#4: The program claims to be affiliated with the federal government. Legitimate programs are affiliated with your state, not the federal government.

#5: The high school equivalency diploma test is not the GED, HiSET, TASC or CHSPE. Legitimate programs will only use one of these four tests because they are the only ones approved for use. These test must be administered in person, proctored and closed-book.

Many schools, including Jefferson High School Online and Enterprise High School Online, are fraudulent. They sell worthless certificates for $200-$300 each. These diploma mills are completely bogus. They’re a waste of time and money.

You can always check the legitimacy of a program with the state board of education or the Department of Education. They will be able to verify whether or not a program is actually real.

Make sure the program fits your lifestyle.

When you consider enrollment in a program, be sure that if fits in your lifestyle. There are options that provide classes on weekends, weekday nights or on weekdays. Make sure that you are capable of committing to the schedule and the demands of whatever program you choose.

Of course, it’s easier if you’re trying to figure out how to get a GED. These tests are scheduled frequently throughout the year and usually only require you to commit for a day or two (aside from studying, which you can do on your own time).

Can’t afford it? Here’s how to get a GED for HS Diploma for free or cheap.

If cost is a barrier, there are resources that can help. You can get assistance from local charitable agencies, workforce services and more! If you’re wondering how to get a GED or HS diploma for little or no out-of-pocket expense, contact your local 211 service to see if there are financial assistance programs for GED or adult education in your area.

We have been able to confirm that some participating St. Vincent de Paul parishes can provide financial assistance with GED and High School Diplomas.

You may also be able to receive financial assistance with your GED test fees from:

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Nicole is the owner and lead researcher for Low Income Relief. She has over 20 years of professional research and writing experience, and she has been solely dedicated to investigating low income topics for the last 10 years. Nicole started Low Income Relief after a personal experience with poverty. When her husband was medically discharged from the US Army, their family experienced tremendous financial hardship. Nicole was able to gather help from multiple community agencies and move into a nearby low income housing unit in just two weeks! Since then, Nicole has been dedicated to helping low income families in crisis. She regularly spends hundreds of hours combing through countless resources to make sure that Low Income Relief has the most comprehensive and complete resource directories on the internet today. Prior to starting Low Income Relief, Nicole worked as a novelist, journalist, ghostwriter and content creator. Her work has been featured in various print and online publications, including USA Today, The Daily Herald, The Chronicle and more. Her work has also been featured by Google for Publishers and other leading industry publications.

Yolanda Perez

Sunday 20th of February 2022

Where exactly can I get free education


Wednesday 23rd of February 2022

Information on this should be in the article above. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help!


Monday 20th of December 2021

I am a DV survivor or trying to survive with injuires glass shards all over face arms n more. I am trying to get help obtaining a laptop to work from home but I havent had any luck being alone and not knowing anyone near in the State Tx no public transportation in my city Grand Prairie Tx 75050 makes it even harder to try working out of my home pls iur my last resort at getting a laptop. I qualify for the EBB currently dont have phone service nor do i have more than $25 to my name. Pls i have asked every possible place I can regarding this but no luck. Brighter Tomorrows whom helped me get my apartment hasnt been able to help either. Pls i need a job to paymy bills get food i have a 20yr 1 felony bk from 2005-or 2007 deug charges all for being in wrong vehicle wrong time on a date never again since thats it.i dont have young kids all grown i am us citizen female 41yr pls help me find a laptop to work from home until im able to get rid of most glass shards from my face that bother hurt n kill my head mainly mostly I also need to get GED


Monday 17th of January 2022

Information on this should be in the article above. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help!

Jessic Marie Sheets

Monday 12th of April 2021

To whom it concerns,

I am trying to look for a scholarship or assistance, Due to last year and its complete affect on everyone life. I have taken a complete a financial hit. I am trying to get my GED testing and practice test finished before the upcoming semester for my College. I am trying my best for not only myself and have this years goals to better myself and to what I feel that is meant for me. I would love some information or assistance. Since being a single mom , and also having every penny being accounted for, this is the only thing that is holding me back from my ultimate goal. I appreciate in advanced any all help or information that you can provide. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Thanks again, Jessica Sheets

Hannah Benge

Tuesday 20th of April 2021

This is everything we have for the GED specifically. However here are some awesome scholarships that may help I hope you find some financial help!-Hannah

Eileen Ruiz

Wednesday 31st of October 2018

Nicole I’ve tried everything am in a waiting list for the housing authority but I might have until February to move out I have 3 kids my husband is working but it’s not enough I’m looking for a job but I have to get out at 2:00 to be at home for my son when he comes out of school I have no one to help us please answer me if you know of a work from home or where can we go. Please help me.


Monday 20th of December 2021

@Eileen Ruiz,

I have found many jobs work from home on facebook. I hope this helps u abit also what i have done i have called resorts big chains and inquired as their custumer service from what I have gatjered can be done from home. I googled hotel resorts and i started dialing their RECRUITING DEPTS, HR and i get someones name and email and i het myself all 411 before calling so i can seem to them sort of ready and armed u know then long story short say why ur looking for a home job dont go into xtra detail briefly make sure u dont seem as u dnt have time or space to work because u will need quiet closed area u know and if it seems as lifestyle is combolited then they will not reply take it from my own experience. Best of luck and email me if u have questions i have many resources that ive hather throught my own ordeal here. Merry Christmas

Grand Prairie TX

Riley Thomson

Thursday 1st of November 2018

Eileen, I'm handling comments for Nicole today. First, we recommend that you reach out to and check for a chapter in your area as they have a comprehensive list of agencies that can help with all varieties of needs.

Second, you can visit your local state assistance office. Apply for food stamps, cash benefits and everything you might qualify for. Most states offer child care assistance for low income families, which may help open up her availability hours. Many states have emergency grants they can give families, especially those who are at risk of homelessness.

Last, here are some extra ways to make money. I hope this helps. -Riley