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Adult Secondary Education (ASE)

Earn Your High School Equivalency Certificate

City Colleges of Chicago offers free classes to help you earn your high school equivalency certificate, go to college, and build a career. Students seeking high school equivalency (HSE) may be eligible for scholarships covering more than half the cost of either the GED® or  HiSET® exams.                          


High School Equivalency Ceremonies 

City Colleges of Chicago is extremely proud of the accomplishments of the Adult Education student community.  Every year, CCC celebrates students’ achievement of their high school equivalency (GED or HiSET).   

Due to COVID-19, the previously scheduled June 11th and June 13th ceremonies at the college campuses will be rescheduled.  Additional information will be forthcoming on the rescheduled date and format.  The HSE Recognition Ceremonies provide an important opportunity to celebrate student success as a community of students, educators, staff, family and friends.  We look forward to sharing additional information as soon as possible on a virtual High School Equivalency recognition event. 


Ceremonias de equivalencia al título de secundaria

City Colleges of Chicago está extremadamente orgulloso de los logros de nuestra comunidad estudiantil de la Educación para Adultos. Cada año, CCC celebra a los estudiantes que logran su equivalencia al título de secundaria (GED o HiSET).

Debido a COVID-19, las ceremonias planeadas con anterioridad para el 11 y 13 de junio en nuestros campus serán reprogramadas. Se enviará información adicional sobre la nueva fecha y formato. Las Ceremonias de Reconocimiento HSE brindan una oportunidad importante para celebrar el éxito estudiantil como una comunidad de estudiantes, educadores, personal, familia y amigos. Esperamos brindar información adicional lo antes posible en un evento de reconocimiento virtual.


Our high school equivalency classes are free and students are eligible for up to 60% off the tests!

What You Will Learn

Any level of learner accepted, from beginner to advanced. Classes cover language arts, math, social studies, science, and computer navigation skills.           

At select locations, we also offer:           

  • Professional certificate classes
  • Citizenship classes


  • More than 70 locations in Chicago (class offerings vary by location)
  • Morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend courses
  • Online classes available too!

Who is Eligible

Students must:           

  • Be 18 years or older
    • Or ​16/17 years old with a high school separation form
  • Live in Illinois

Apply Today

After applying, you will need to visit a City Colleges location to take the placement exam, which can take up to 3 hours.