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Published on August 5th, 2014 | by editor


New GED Scholarship Helps Defray Testing Costs

GED-Facebook-Image-500x500In 2014, the cost of the GED test increased from $50 to $120 per exam. To eliminate the increased financial barrier for students seeking to move on to college or a career, City Colleges will cover the difference in the cost of one exam ($70) for its students who have successfully completed at least one semester of advanced adult education courses.

These scholarships will substantially reduce the cost of the GED test back to its pre-2014 level. Applications for the new scholarship are currently being accepted, based on eligibility.

The district anticipates spending up to $141,000 in FY2015 to help up to 2,000 students reduce costs of the new GED test. Students must meet several requirements including passing an official practice test to be eligible for the GED test scholarship.

According to the 2010 census, approximately 330,000 or nearly one-sixth of Chicago residents of employable age (18 and over) lack a high-school diploma. Students age 25-32 without a high school degree make on average $17,500 less than their peers with a college degree and are more likely to struggle with unemployment, according to a 2014 Pew Research Centre report.

City Colleges recently expanded its adult education off-sites into communities with high populations in need of GED or English Language Learning services. City Colleges offers free adult education classes at more than 70 off-sites, in addition to City Colleges locations, including three GED locations in the Wright College community.

Earning a GED high school equivalency certificate is only the first step. In today’s increasingly competitive economy, employers are demanding more skilled workers making completion of certificate or an associate degree program the standard for transitioning into a living-wage career.  All adult education students have the opportunity to participate in the City Colleges Bridge and Gateway programs once they reach appropriate skill levels. Bridge programs prepare intermediate-level English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education students to transition to CCC’s career programs like manufacturing, logistics, culinary arts and healthcare. Gateway programs provide merit scholarships and targeted academic support to help students begin college-level work while still taking Adult Education classes.

For more information about GED programs at Wright College, prospective students should call 773-COLLEGE or visit Wright’s Adult Education webpage.

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