One of the challenges of getting a GED is paying for courses, study materials or exams. Many students cannot afford childcare or transportation to class. Or, because of family and work responsibilities, some adult students simply cannot attend regular classes at all.
There are solutions. While resources for adult learners vary, most communities have easy access to free or low-cost self-paced courses and study materials. GED students can also get help online to help them earn a General Educational Development Certificate.
Here’s a guide to help you find resources:
1. Your public library may have many study guides and GED lesson plans available for loan, as well as video and CD ROM GED test study sessions. In some communities, libraries even sponsor free GED courses.
2. Most community colleges offer free or affordable GED courses or basic skills courses that will apply to the GED program of study. Fees for these GED programs vary by region, but are generally not expensive. If classes are fee-based, please consult the community college financial aid office. You may be eligible for a free course.
3. In many communities, GED students can even afford child care and transportation. Talk to your local GED instructor; ask Community College Student Support Services.
4. Community-based nonprofit family support agencies or family resource centers are excellent sources for GED students. Contact your local agency to ask about programs, materials, and other needs related to your educational goals, such as child care, transportation, or adult education programs or grants. You may even be eligible for grants that allow you to study at home on your own schedule.
5. Your local public school district or university may have continuing education programs or adult education programs. School districts that fund adult learner programs and programs typically receive grants. Call them to see if they have the materials needed for the GED test. You may need to consult the public school district’s central office, the nearest high school, and the college’s adult education office or career services office.
6. Don’t forget the local branch of your state unemployment office and your local department of social services. Both agencies may receive funding or resources through programs related to job training, workforce development, job preparation, or the DSS Family Support or Benefit Work Program.
7. If you have a job, your workplace is an excellent resource for adult education. Your employer may already sponsor a program or be willing to sponsor your GED program and fees because your goals are as important to your employer as they are to you. Consult directly with your employer or supervisor, and workforce development, personnel or human resources officers or departments. You may find that you need to ask various people in the workplace to find the answers you need.
8. Your local PBS station broadcasts the GED classes you can take. PBS also offers some online courses on the basic skills required for the GED exam. They are free.
9. PassGED is designed to provide free support and low-cost assistance to candidates for the GED exam. Offers a wealth of free information, test advice and study guides, and financial assistance for the online GED program. You can also find a learning community of GED students and teachers on the online message forum who may have more suggestions for free or low-cost GED materials. The website address is http://www.passGED.com.
10. You may also want to consult the American Board of Education, the state agency for GED. ACE provides information on exams, official testing locations, GED scores, and transcripts. To find your official state test site and administrator, visit http://www.passged.com/test_state.php for a complete list.