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High school equivalency tests give students who left high school before graduating an opportunity to earn a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED). Iowa uses the HiSET high school equivalency test to award a HSED. The HiSET meets the requirement set by Iowa Code 259A.1 that the diploma 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.
Earn Your HSED with HiSET
Each of Iowa's 15 community colleges offer programs to help students earn their HSED. Contact the community college of your choice to get started.
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
Alternative Pathways to HSED
Iowa Code 259A gives the State Board of Education authority to approve additional pathways to achieve a HSED based on quality standards and demonstrated competency.
Entities wishing to provide one or more HSED Alternative Pathway options must be approved by the Department per Iowa Administrative Code 281-32.3(1). Eligible entities must either be (a) accredited by the Higher Learning Commission or (b) eligible entities as defined by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, 20 U.S.C. Ch. 73 and subsequent federal workforce training and adult education legislation.
The process of becoming an authorized HSED alternative pathways provider begins by completing an application and submitting it with all necessary signatures to the Department. Applications may be submitted for any or all of the following HSED options:
- Department-Approved Test;
- Attainment of High School Credits;
- Postsecondary Degree; and
- Foreign Postsecondary Degree.
Implementation Guide: Alternative Pathways to a High School Equivalency Diploma - Describes available options and processes.
Information on how to request a transcript for HSED or GED.
Dashboard showing statewide HSED completers by community college.