Navigate Up
Sign In



Chicago, IL  
Get Directions

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.         

To Learn More About High School Equivalency Exams Click the Links Below:         


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


All Fall 2020 Adult Education (English as a Second Language and High School Equivalency prep) courses will be offered as distance-learning.  That means that students do not come to campus, but will use free online tools like Brightspace, Zoom, emails, and calls. Class structures vary but will generally look like one of the following:              
  • ​You will meet at a specific time each week. 
  • You will not meet a specific time. Rather, you will be able to work independently/at your own pace using the tools listed above.
  • A combination of the above two options. 
How to Apply               
  • New students to Adult Education should apply to get started with the Adult Ed online application.
  • If you need help with your application, head to our Virtual Student Services​. You can click on your college to contact its Adult Education department directly or find general assistance via the live chat.​     
After you apply online you will receive an email with a brief assessment test to complete for placement purposes.                

Chromebook or Wi-Fi Hotspot Loaner Program        
You can also use your CCC student information, which you will receive after you apply, to fill out the loaner laptop and/or Wi-Fi hotspot form.           

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.