Many students ask if there is financial aid available for people who want to take the GED® test and the answer is yes but under specific conditions.
Let’s talk first what kind of budget do you need if you want to prepare and pass the GED test.
The price of the test is $30 per subject in most states and you need to pass 4 subjects tests, so in total, the price is $120 in most states.
If you are uncertain if you can pass the GED test, purchase a GED Ready® test. This is a diagnostic test that will tell you if you can pass the real GED test.
The indication of your readiness is scoring in the Green Zone on the Ready Test. If you get this result, then you can sign up for the GED test and expect that you will pass it. The GED Ready test costs $6 per subject-so $24 in total.
Buying the GED Ready test is cheaper than purchasing GED retakes. If you don’t pass the GED test on the first try, you will pay $15 per subject in most states for a retaken test. Generally, you can have up to 3 retakes a year.
To prepare for the test, you can study on your own using an online GED prep course. You can also attend traditional classes in schools near you.
Many states offer free GED classes through the community colleges or local libraries.
There are many free and paid online GED prep courses. Free GED prep courses are published on this site for example. Paid courses price vary from $9.90 per month up to $250 per 2 years.
In general, you will need at least 1.5-2 months of intensive studying to get ready for each of the four GED subtests.
Let’s put it all together: $120 to pay for the tests + $24 for the GED Ready Tests. If you will use free prep online classes, there are no extra costs.
So, in most states, your minimum budget will be $150 for your getting your GED diploma.
However, if you will decide to take traditional classes you will need to add the costs of transportation. Buying a paid premium GED prep course will cost you extra too.
So, you will add a minimum of $100-300 extra.
Financial Aid for GED students
Many GED students find themselves in complicated situations. They may be single parents, lack transportation, find themselves in bad relationships, or suffer from emotional problems that may include substance abuse.
These kinds of issues may hold them back from attaining their goals of getting their GED, getting more education, and starting a well-paying career.
FASFA, the most popular Federal Aid Program for students, is available only if you already hold a GED diploma, however, there are other possibilities.
Many Healthcare Insurance Providers include Free GED Testing for its members. WellCare (that operates under a different name in each State), for example, offers a High School Equivalency Benefit Program. To be eligible for a voucher for the GED exam, students must score a minimum overall average standard score of 150 (or Green Zone) on the GED Ready Test.
Also, similar programs are offered through Aetna Medicaid Health Plans in many states that support members who are seeking to earn a GED diploma.
4 States Offer Free GED/TASC/HiSET testing:
If you live in one of these states, your GED test will be subsidized.
Four states offer GED, TASC, or HiSET testing for free: New York, West Virginia, Connecticut, and Maine.
- New York and West Virginia use the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion)
- Maine is using the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test)
- Connecticut uses the GED (General Education Development) Test (but there is a small registration fee)
2 states partly subsidize the GED test:
- Arkansas: the GED exam fee is $16 ($4 per module or subtest)
- Maryland: the GED exam costs $45 for all 4 subjects ($11,25 per module)
Some states offer free GED testing and almost every state offers free GED preparation classes and you can also use free online GED classes and practice tests published on our website.
How Your State Can Help with GED financial Aid
Your state and the federal government share the cost of the programs that offer the most assistance, such as TANF, and Medicaid.
This means that each state has different eligibility requirements and different benefits for each program. Also, the eligibility and benefits policies change frequently depending on budgets and the economy. What was true last year might not apply this year. Therefore, it’s important to check your state’s official websites.
Counties and school districts also use their tax revenue to provide services, while non-profits, such as public colleges, social service agencies, and hospitals, receive funding from both the government and private sources.
Many programs are delivered at a physical location in the form of services carried out by staff. In fact, for every dollar paid in welfare cash assistance, the United States spends about $15 on social service programs delivered typically by nonprofit agencies. While local programs offer many benefits, they can be hard to get in rural or where the demand for social services is higher than the supply.
Available in all 50 states, 2-1-1 provides free and confidential information and referral for social services. Call 2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more.
You can also contact the community action agency or major non-profit organizations in your county to find out if they can help you.
Find a school that offers free GED classes and testing
Some schools that offer GED preparation will also pay for your GED exam. You will need to contact the school directly. Click here to find a list of schools near you.
Finding the Finacial Aid for GED Prep and Testing is not easy but it’s possible. Don’t give up and in the meantime, take advantage of our free GED practice tests and lessons.