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High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) Program

The high school equivalency test gives students who left high school before graduating an opportunity to earn a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED). The test meets the requirement set by Iowa Code 259A.1 that the diploma shall be issued on the basis of satisfactory competence as shown by tests covering all of the following: Language Arts-Reading, Language Arts-Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

In January of 2014, Iowa began using the HiSET® high school equivalency test developed by Education Testing Service (ETS). The Department of Education has maintained records of students who completed the HSED program prior to the change to HiSET®, as well as for all students who successfully completed the HiSET® since 2014.

The Iowa Department of Education convened a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) Task Force in 2016. The HSED Task Force recommended revisions to Iowa Code 259A, which would authorize the Iowa Board of Education to adopt additional pathways to achieve a HSED based on quality standards and demonstrated competency. Task Force Report.

Interested in Learning More?

If you are interested in learning more about earning your HiSET high school equivalency diploma (HSED), please visit for more information as well as specific contact information.

Need to Obtain Documentation?

Official copies of Diplomas and Transcripts may be obtained from Diploma Sender. The new ordering service makes getting a copy of your documents as easy as…

  1. Visit Diploma Sender online,
  2. Complete the online order form using a credit, debit, cashier’s check or money order for the $15 payment
  3. Check the appropriate delivery method for receipt of your document, email, FedEx, or regular mail

The Iowa Department of Education no longer processes duplicate diploma or transcript requests. ALL Iowa HSED requests are processed through Diploma Sender. NO state agency or community college program can assist in HSED requests.

Diploma Sender is a safe website that can be accessed from public computers with internet connections, often available at local public libraries. If you cannot access the internet to order online or have additional issues related to your order, contact Diploma Sender toll free at 1-855-313-5799. Additional charges may apply.

Iowa Test Administration Manual

HiSET Voucher Community College Contacts

HiSET Chief Examiners


MOU: Educational Testing Services and DOE 2013

Request for Admission to Test - Age Waiver for High School Equivalency Diploma


Directory of HiSET Preparation Centers by Area

Des Moines Area Community College
Eastern Iowa Community College
Hawkeye Community College
Indian Hills Community College
Iowa Central Community College
Iowa Lakes Community College
Iowa Valley Community College
Iowa Western Community College
Kirkwood Community College
Northeast Iowa Community College
North Iowa Area Community College
Northwest Iowa Community College
Southeastern Community College
Southwestern Community College
Western Iowa Tech Community College

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on July 25, 2021 at 12:23am.