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Eligible Georgians can now earn their high school equivalency diploma for free
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The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) announced recently that eligible Georgians can now earn their high school equivalency (HSE) diploma for free, thanks to a new bill establishing the HOPE High School Equivalency Examination Grant Program. 

According to a release by Lanier Technical College, a local unit of the TCSG, the bill was passed by the Georgia General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp earlier this year. Through the program, eligible Georgians will receive an award of up to $200 to cover exam fees for the GED exam. 

“High school equivalency diplomas give Georgia residents greater access to employment and higher education opportunities,” TCSG Commissioner Greg Dozier said in the release. “By providing the funding to cover the costs of testing, we are opening the doors to life-changing opportunities for our fellow citizens.” 

There are just over one million adults 18 years and older in Georgia who don’t have a high school diploma or equivalently the release said. For some test-takers, the opportunity provided by this grant will remove the last barrier they face before earning their HSE diploma. The HOPE HSE Examination Grant is fully funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education.

“We are so grateful that Georgia now provides a mechanism to address one of the most significant barriers that adults face when considering earning a high school equivalency diploma — the cost of testing,” TCSG Assistant Commissioner for Adult Education Cayanna Good said in the release. 

For someone to be eligible to receive a HOPE HSE Examination Grant, they must meet general HOPE requirements and TCSG’s HSE test readiness standards. Georgians can apply once per subject area exam. Adult education providers across the state also offer free classes with flexible schedules to help Georgians prepare for the test. Grant funds are subject to annual state appropriation and availability of funds, the release added. 

To learn more about the HOPE HSE Examination Grant, go to