Strategies and Suggestions for Defraying the Costs of the GED

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Strategies and Suggestions for Defraying the Costs of the GED

We offer scholarships to Ss in need who have proven themselves to us-500+ on an OPT, financial need they can give us 2 hours of work-study in exchange for one $20 test. We sometimes scholarship a student who is only one test shy of graduating. For our many Native American students, the Southern Ute Tribe will scholarship any of our NA Ss who show enrollment/census paperwork, earn a 450+ on the OPT, write a letter stating need, and sign a notarized document that the student will repay the fee is s/he doesn't show up for the test.

We have a new membership drive and one level will be devoted to GED test scholarships.

Stephanie Moran

Our program will pay $25 toward the GED test provided:

1) the student has 40 hours of classroom attendance

2) they have passed all pretests with a minimum score of 480

3) they have a post test from TABE in the DAISI system

Thanks, Allen Weaver

We have two mechanisms to help defray student costs. The first is before they test - they can apply for a scholarship/stipend to cover their testing fees by writing an extended response to the question "why do I want my GED?" and have their teacher's recommendation. We received a grant from our college's Foundation Office to cover about 50 tests a year.

Our second program is funded through our dean's GED Scholarship fund - I'm actually not sure of that funding source! If a student finishes their GED and gives us a copy of their unofficial transcript showing that, we send them a check for the initial $50.00 cost only. We don't refund retests. This has helped us increase our completion data and helped many students have the incentive to finish their tests.

Finally, we have a scholarship essay contest for GED Graduation each year. We have between 12 - 20 donation funded scholarships to be used the following semester at the college. Some are for one class, some for a full time tuition for a year or a complete program. Winners are announced at graduation and several are invited to read their essays. Our donors include local women's clubs, rotary clubs, our Foundation again, the regional office of education and a family literacy scholarship that was started in honor of a retiring coordinator. We are very happy to have this opportunity to help students transition more easily.

Mary Lynn Carver

We have a GED fee scholarship fund through our College Foundation. We have an annual “ethnic” bake sale associated with the College Welding Rodeo, where we make about $1000. We also get donations to the fund from individuals and organizations. The college ASB has recently committed a substantial amount to this fund as well.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, the student must
1) be enrolled in the College
2) have GED pretest scores of at least 500 in 3 subjects
3) fill out the application which has these elements:

Section 1: Personal Information
Section 2: Personal Statement
Section 3: Financial Need
Section 4: Instructor Recommendation
Section 5: Signed Release of Information Form

Roz Spitzer

I work in Catoosa County, Georgia, and our state has an initiative called the Certified Literate Community program. Our county is a participant and our local agencies, volunteers, civic organizations, and representatives from local corporations meet monthly to promote literacy. A part of the mission of our group is to remove barriers to our students achieving their educational goals. Our group pays $65 of the $95 testing fee and, from now until June 30, will pay the entire $95. What we will be able to do after July first will remain to be seen, but we are looking for ways to help defray the cost for our students.

Donna Pierce

Our students pay $70 for the test.

Beginning August 22, our students will be paying for their classes. It hasn't been determined exactly how much the cost will be as yet. It is probably going to be $30 a term--we have 3 terms. There are many questions that are floating around as to just how the fee will be handled. We should know more by the end of this week. This decision came from the Florida DOE. We have not been charging for classes so it will be interesting to see reaction from students.

We don't know exactly what is going to happen. I know that we have some students who will not be able to afford classes. I would hope that there will be a mechanism in place for fee waivers. I polled my GED class and they do not seem to have much of a problem with paying. My class is almost entirely made up of 18-65 year-old. The students themselves expressed their opinions. They said that it will definitely separate the class from those who just want to sit and occupy a seat and those that want to achieve their GED. Time will tell.

This fee applies to ESOL students as well.

Gloria Sward

In Maryland, our funding does not allow us to charge anyone for classes whose skill level falls below an Intermediate level – both ABE/ASE and ESOL. However, we can charge a book fee if the student wants to take the book home or write in it. So this year, our ABE/ASE dept. started charging a $25.00 book and materials fee. Surprisingly, the majority of the students found no problem in paying and our retention rate is higher for FY11. Related variables – I don’t know, but I would like to think the students now have some buy-in and are taking the classes a little more serious.

ESOL is looking into this charge as well for FY12.

Students must pay $45 to the State GED Office to take the GED test.

Ann Bonner

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