High School Equivalency Diploma Program

On Campus (Adult Enrichment Center)
The High School Equivalency Diploma program is geared for the adult who, after dropping out of public school, returns to complete his/her work and earn the equivalent of a high school diploma. The program is administered by the College and Career Readiness Department of Edgecombe Community College.

To be admitted to the High School Equivalency Diploma program, an individual must meet the following requirements:

  • He or she must be 18 years old or older. Students who are 16 and 17 may enroll with the principal and superintendent’s written permission, in addition to that of the parent or legal guardian.
  • Complete student application and registration forms.

Tuition Fees
Books are supplied by the college for student use in class.

Testing Fees
Students taking the High School Equivalency Diploma test must pay a $7.50 testing fee. This fee is good for a 5-year period. There is an additional $2.50 charge for an essay retest. Students also must submit a copy of their social security card prior to testing.

In order to prepare for the High School Equivalency Diploma test, a student must gain competency in the following subjects: Writing, Literature, Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies. A minimum score of 410 is required to pass a High School Equivalency Diploma test, with a total score of 2250 required to earn a High School Equivalency Diploma.

Off Campus
Edgecombe Community College operates off-campus classes for High School Equivalency Diploma students in Edgecombe County at any approved location where 12 or more interested students may gather. Any county citizen who meets the above admission requirements may attend. Attendance and interest in the class are important factors. A person may be dropped if either of these becomes a problem.

Time Frame
There are no set hours of attendance for completion of a unit of work; the emphasis is on competency and the successful completion of expected objectives. The learning materials are semi-programmed. Thus, students progress at their own rate of learning. Students may continue to work and re-enroll in the program until they successfully complete all requirements.

Requirements for Graduation
Guidance and counseling are part of the services offered by the Adult Enrichment Center. The Adult Enrichment Center instructors will set up an individual study program for students.

Transcripts and Diplomas

For Diplomas Awarded 2014 or Later

When students pass the 2014 test, GED Testing Service emails students their electronic diploma and transcript free of charge. The 2014 tester has the option of ordering a professionally printed North Carolina GED® diploma which is also free of charge. Duplicate transcript and diploma requests will cost $15.00. Students log onto their account for subsequent requests and may forward their electronic transcripts to prospective employers, colleges or universities if they desire. Most requests will be fulfilled within a span of two hours to three days.

For Diplomas Awarded from 2002-2013

Test takers will need to sign in to GED Credentialing™ at to securely order duplicate transcripts, verifications, or diplomas. GED Credentialing™ will email the transcript/diploma which may then be forwarded to prospective employers, colleges, or universities. Users will be charged $15.00 for each digital or paper copy of an official GED® transcript, verification, or copy of an official North Carolina GED® diploma. Most requests will be fulfilled within a span of two hours to three days.

For Diplomas Awarded from 1942-2001

NCCCS will continue to fulfill requests for the years 1942-2001 at no charge. Please go to to download request forms.