The GED (General Educational Development) tests are often utilized by students who have chosen to forgo a high school diploma. These test are helpful as they prove to colleges and employers that one has achieved a certain level of competence in the areas of mathematics, reading, language arts, writing, social studies, and science. Many who choose the route of the GED credential benefit from preparation classes. Some grants cover the costs of taking these classes as well as the fees to sit for the GED tests.
Talk to your high school counselor. If you are still a student in high school, meet with your counselor to talk about your options. If there are local grant programs for GED students, he is likely to know about them and can guide you through the process of obtaining them.
Call 800-62-MYGED and ask for referrals to local grant opportunities. This phone line, managed by the national GED Testing Service, can also address questions about preparing for and taking the GED in your area.
Contact your local public school district or community college. Many of these sponsor GED preparation programs funded by local and federal grants. Some can offer you free classes and help you cover the costs of taking the test.
Search online databases. A number of websites provide a vast array of information about available grants. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation's website has a directory of local organizations and programs that offer individuals help to get a GED. The U.S. Department of Education and Grants.gov also offer extensive resources for individuals in need of grant funds.
Heather Dewar is a writer and homeschooling mother. She has been writing professionally since 2007, specializing in wellness, parenting, child development and education topics. She has worked professionally in the fields of early childhood education and massage therapy. Dewar is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in special education.