It looks like a diploma but works like a passport
A high school diploma or the equivalent can make an important difference in your income – and in your life. Learn about the GED diploma and how you can pursue it.
Individuals who have not received a high school diploma or its equivalent have an opportunity to earn one. When you earn a GED diploma, you have also earned the opportunity to find a stable job with a good income. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, a person with a high school or GED diploma will earn $7,658 more annually than a non-high school graduate.
- GED preparation classes are free. Contact your local Adult Education Center (list) or locate a center for information about classes.
- The GED diploma is recognized nationwide and is accepted by more than 95% of U.S. employers, colleges and universities.
- The GED diploma is a first step toward better jobs, further training and higher education.
- Two of every three people who take the GED test plan to obtain additional education.
- In college, GED graduates perform as well as traditional high school graduates.
- GED graduates are more likely to encourage their children to finish school.
- Many GED graduates say earning their diploma helped them to improve their self-esteem.
- The GED test measures many of the U.S. Department of Labor's necessary workplace skills that are valued by employers.
- The GED test measures the skills and knowledge that traditional high school seniors should know and be able to do.
- Georgia GED graduates may be eligible to receive the $500 HOPE GED Grant to use toward postsecondary education in Georgia. Contact the Georgia Student Finance Commission for more information and to see if you would qualify.