Which states offer free GED testing?

4 states have offered GED or HiSET testing for free for many years: New York, West Virginia, Connecticut, and Maine. 

For residents of these states, the GED or HiSET exam is fully subsidized, so the GED testing is free

So now, FREE High School Equivalency Testing (GED or HiSET) is possible in the following states: 

  • New York is using the GED test 
  • Maine uses the HiSET 
  • Massachusetts free GED and HiSET tests
  • Connecticut is using the GED exam (General Education Development), but there is a modest administration fee 
  • West Virginia uses the HiSET test 
  • Illinois offers the GED and HiSET exams 
  • Missouri uses the HiSET exam
  • Kentucky is using the GED test 
  • Alaska offers the GED test
  • Nebraska uses the GED test

 Then, there are two states and Washington DC that are partly subsidizing the GED exam: 

  • Arkansas offers GED testing for $16 ($4 per subtest) 
  • Maryland offers GED testing for $45 (all four modules, so $11.25 per subtest) 
  • Washington, DC offers GED testing for $15 (for the entire GED test, so $3.75 per module) 
  • Recently, Texas and New Mexico also joined the group of states that offer their HSE (High School Equivalency exam) for free

These states introduced a voucher program that allows eligible test-takers to take the exam at no cost.

Onsego provides online GED classes. We are not involved in GED testing or issuing diplomas.

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