Georgia’s adult learners who want to improve their education have easy access to free programs that offer adult education and GED preparation through the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) Office of Adult Education. The only cost that adult learners have to pay is the GED test fee. Now, for the first time since 2007, that fee is set to rise in July to $32 for each part of the test under a plan approved on May 3, 2012, by the state board that oversees the TCSG.
The total cost for the five-part test will be $160 and goes into effect on July 1, 2012, after the TCSG, its colleges, and the local testing centers work to inform Georgians about the price change.
The new price structure applies to all current tests and coincides with the nationwide implementation of a computer-based GED test. The TCSG Office of Adult Education is currently piloting the computer-based test at two technical college locations and plans to implement it at all GED testing centers statewide by yearend.
Qualified students who cannot afford the fees will be eligible to apply for grants through the TCSG colleges and local community organizations. All of the other essential adult education programs, including Adult Basic Education, GED test preparation classes, college and career advisement, and English as a Second Language classes, remain available free of charge to any Georgian. Last year, almost 80,000 Georgians took advantage of easy access to those programs.
There are added benefits for completing the program and passing the tests. “Once they earn a GED diploma, the state presents graduates who are Georgia residents with a $500 HOPE voucher that can be used to enroll at a TCSG college, which in turn opens the door to receive the HOPE grant,” said Smith.
The HOPE grant, which is separate from the voucher, will pay for a large portion of the state technical college tuition. To keep the HOPE grant, students must maintain at least a 3.0 college grade point average.
Alist of all of Georgia’s GED testing centers and more information is available at tcsg.edu/forAdultLea rners.php.