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GED exam still free for Kentuckians

June 17, 2021

ASHLAND, Ky. – The GED exam is currently free for any Kentuckian interested in earning that diploma. 

The GED consists of four parts: reading/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Those interested in taking the GED can take classes to prepare them for the exam, completely free.  Coursework is available in-person or online, allowing flexibility to accommodate the needs of each student. Students must be at minimum 90 days past their 18th birthday and provide documentation that they are officially withdrawn from school.  

Any student who does not successfully pass their first attempt at a GED test can qualify for a re-test voucher from Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center (CEOC).  CEOC works with Skills U and Ashland Community and Technical College to assist with admissions applications, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS) applications, as well as college and career guidance. 

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and KY Skills U (formerly adult education) have partnered so students can co-enroll in both Skills U and short-term KCTCS classes, earning their GED and completing college classes tuition-free.

The Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program allows students to earn certificates in high demand fields of study, including healthcare, business/information technology, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics, and construction/trades. Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) provides a $400 scholarship to be used in campus bookstores for books, supplies, etc. 

Students enrolled in GED+ receive assistance from a College Success Coach and a Skills U College and Career Navigator. These services help students to address barriers, set S.M.A.R.T. goals, and to prepare them for success. 

“Taking the GED exam for free is a wonderful opportunity for those who are interested in earning that diploma,” said Chrisha Spears, GED+ coordinator. “Our prep classes are always free, but we know that sometimes the fee for the actual exam can be discouraging. We hope those who would like to take this first step will consider doing it now before the fee is reinstated.”  

Spears’ own son recently completed his GED and plans to attend ACTC in the fall studying Computer Information Technology in the Amazon Web Services path. 

For more information about earning your GED, contact Spears at