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Adult Secondary Education (ASE)

Earn Your GED®

City Colleges offers free classes to help you earn your high school equivalency (GED®), go to college, and build a career. GED® students may also be eligible for a City Colleges’ scholarship covering more than half the cost of the GED® exam.​                                

Our GED® classes are free and students are eligible for up to $70 off the tests!

What You Will Learn

  • Language arts, math, social studies, science, and computer navigation
    • Any level of learner accepted, from beginner to advanced
  • Special courses to earn professional certificates while you study for the test

Convenient Classes

  • More than 80 locations in Chicago (Class offerings vary by location.)
  • Morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend courses
  • Online classes available too!

Who is Eligible

  • ​16 years or older
  • Live in Illinois

Apply Today

  • Apply online 
  • Visit a City Colleges location to apply.  
    • Bring a government-issued ID (e.g. driver’s license, state ID, or passport) and proof of address with you.  Social security number NOT needed.  J1 visas NOT permitted.

Tip: After applying, you will need to visit a City Colleges location to take the placement exam, which can take up to 3 hours.  Call ahead to the college nearest you to schedule your exam.