GED Classes Butte, Montana

Listed here are all GED® (In Montana: HiSET) prep class locations and testing centers in the Butte area.

Montana uses the HiSET exam for its high school equivalency (HSE) program.

The HiSET offers adults who were not in the position to complete high school the chance to earn an equivalent degree.

The HiSET, like the GED, measures basic knowledge and skills at a level that may be expected of high school grads.

There are five HiSET subtests in the fields of writing, reading, math, social studies, and science.

HiSET testing can be taken both on paper as on a computer and you may, if you wish, take one subtest at a time

Butte GED (HiSET) prep locations

GED Requirements in Montana

Webster Garfield Alternative School Literacy Program
1050 S Montana Street, Butte, MT 59701, Phone: 406-533-2968

Butte EOC (Educational Opportunity Ctr.)
25 Basin Creek Rd, Butte, Montana 59701, Ph: 406.496.3720

Butte Literacy Program
1050 S Montana Street, Butte, MT 59701, Phone: 406-723-7905

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HiSET-GED Practice Test in Montana

Prep sites around Butte (cities by alphabet)

Anaconda Job Corps
1384 Foster Creek Road, Anaconda, MT 59711, Phone: 406-563-8700

Anaconda Community Literacy Program
401 Main Street, Anaconda, MT 59711, Phone: 406-563-6932

Powell Co. Literacy
501 Missouri Ave, Deer Lodge, Montana 59722, Ph: 406.846.2242

Montana National Guard Youth Challenge
710 S Atlantic Street, Dillon, MT 59725, Phone: 406-683-7556

Ray Bjork Education Center HiSET Classes
1600 Eighth Avenue, Helena, MT 59601, Ph: 406.324-2111
To see all Helena area HiSET classes, go to Helena GED (HiSET) Programs

HiSET-GED Online Classes in Montana

Butte area HiSET test centers

Montana Tech
1300 West Park Street, Butte, Montana 59701, Ph: 406.496.4477

W. Montana College (The University of Montana)
710 South Atlantic Street, Dillon, Montana 59725, Ph: 406.683.7539

Alternatives to the GED by state

Why the HiSET?

The most recent version of the GED exam is only available in a computer-based version, the bar was raised considerably, and the cost skyrocketed to around a staggering $120. The HiSET is offered both on paper and on a computer and is much more affordable than the GED.

The GED exam includes four independent tests (modules) that can be taken one at a time while test scores are valid for two years. Montana dropped the GED test and replaced it with the HiSET for its High School Equivalency (HSE) testing program. The GED exam was getting too expensive and was only available in a computer-based format.

Online HiSET or GED testing is NO option. If you wish to earn a high school equivalency degree, you need to show up at an official and state-approved testing center to sit for the exam in person. Websites with different information are false. Online-acquired documents are worthless and will never be accepted by schools or employers.

For eligibility criteria and more information go to this post: HiSET testing in Montana. You can also take a look at this page that has links to all GED programs and test sites in America.

GED or HiSET and the economy

Though Montana now uses the HiSET exam, we will give you here some additional information about the GED exam in general. The GED program (or the HiSET for that matter) remains an important factor for the economy. It really is very helpful to adults who never completed high school because employers and educational institutions regard the GED-HiSET certificate as equivalent to a regular high school diploma.

Nowadays, if you don’t have a high school degree or similar, you most likely won’t stand a chance in the ever more competitive employment market. Finding a well-paying job will be almost impossible. The GED exam recently went through the biggest revision ever in the 70-year-old history of the program. The GED test is now fully computer-based, although if you want to take the exam, you still will have to go to an official GED testing site in person, as the GED and also the available alternatives cannot be taken online. The HiSET is available in both a paper-based and a computerized format.

The GED and HiSET exams measure students’ skills and knowledge to see if they understand basic subject areas at the level of graduating high school students. From time to time (mostly every ten years), the GED test is brought up to par with changing industry and educational standards to continue to be credible as the best possible alternative to a regular high school diploma.

The last modification was impressive but was really needed to satisfy requirements and demands of colleges and the industrial field. The new GED exam ensures that successful applicants are again educated to fit in work floor realities. Gone are most of the multiple choice questions, instead students are expected to answer more in essay style and there is more focus on critical thinking.

Federal Student Loans

Your Montana HSE Degree will allow you to get a decent college education. There are many ways to pay for your college education, but one of the most popular ways is through Federal Student Loans. A Federal Student Loan is money borrowed for higher education that must be repaid with interest must repay with interest. The loans can be used for education-related expenses including tuition, room and board, and textbooks.

A federal student loan gives parents and their child the opportunity to borrow funds to aid in paying for their education through government-supported loan programs. The low-interest federal student loans give students the option of a flexible repayment program once they graduate from college.

Besides a low fixed interest rate, other benefits include income-based repayment plans, loan forgiveness for certain employment, and deferment if a student is unemployed or returning back to school. These are some of the reasons that college students and their parents should always rely on federal student loans before turning to private student loans.

There are five types of federal student loans including Federal Perkins Loan, Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, Direct PLUS Loans for Parents, and Direct PLUS Loans for Graduate and Professional Students. In the Direct Loan Programs, the US government becomes the lender, and the loan funds are provided to students through their respective college.

Federal Perkins Loan

  • Your school is the lender
  • Payment is made to the college that supplied the loan
  • For both undergraduate and graduate students
  • Interest rate is 5% for the loan
  • Amount of funds depend on a student’s financial need and funds available at the college
  • Undergrads borrowing limit is $5,000
  • Graduates borrowing limit is $8,000

Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan

  • Must be at least half-time student
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Undergraduates or Graduate students
  • Interest not charged while in school, grace and deferment periods
  • Borrowing limits between $3,500 and $8,500

Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan

  • Must be at least half-time student
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Undergraduates or Graduate students
  • Interest of 5.8% is charged while in school, grace and deferment periods
  • US government is the lender
  • Borrowing limits between $5,500 and $20,500 less subsidized student loans

Direct PLUS Loans for Parents

  • For parents of a dependent student
  • Cannot have a negative credit history
  • Interest of 6.8% is charged
  • US government is the lender
  • Max borrowing limit is the cost of attendance less other financial aid received

Direct PLUS Loans for Graduate Students

  • For graduates and professional degree students
  • Cannot have a negative credit history
  • Interest of 6.8% is charged
  • US government is the lender
  • Max borrowing limit is the cost of attendance less other financial aid received

How do I apply for federal student loans?
Students that wish to receive federal student loans must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). After the application is processed, your college will review the data and let you know your loan eligibility status via a letter by mail. At this point, students can apply for all applicable federal student loans. Also, note that federal loans require reapplication every year since a student’s financial status may have changed. For more information on the financial aid process, please visit

Determining how much federal student loans you can borrow
The amount of money that students can borrow depends on several factors including expected family contribution, grade level, and student status. The expected family contribution is the amount that the government determines that your family can contribute towards higher education based on the data students provide in their FAFSA. As for the grade level, the higher the grade the more money students can receive. Also, student status can affect the amount of loan because independent students cannot contribute as much as a dependent one.

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