Earn a High School Diploma

Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency Program

New Adult Education classes in the HSE Program will start in September 2024.

If you are an adult who has not received a high school diploma, you are not alone. You are one of approximately one million adults in New Jersey. Sussex County Community College wants to assist you in preparing for and earning your high school diploma.

We offer small-group, self-paced instruction in basic reading, writing and math skills (Adult Basic Education/ABE), as well as additional components in science and social studies for students preparing for a High School Equivalency (HSE) exam.

The program is offered through funding from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and is free to participants.

Complete the online registration form to be added to the waitlist for the ABE/HSE Program classes at Sussex County Community College.

ABE and HSE Information

If you are at least 16 years of age, you can enter the program. 16 and 17-year-olds must have a signed consent form from a parent or guardian. 16 to 21-year-olds must complete a “Consent of Non-Enrollment in School”, available through our program.

Prospective students are welcome to enroll in an ABE/HSE program block, once they have made an appointment to take the program enrollment test. This test is called a CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems) The number to call to register for the CASAS is (973) 300-2158.

Learning needs will vary, depending on each student’s level of mastery in each of the basic skills areas. Instruction is individualized and tailored to fit the individual student’s need and ability. You set the pace through regular attendance and focus on your program of study, determined by the instructors, based upon your entering skill levels.

Classes are located in the Administration Building, Room B102

Monday and Wednesday
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tuesday and Thursday
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tuesday and Thursday
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Monday and Wednesday
5:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Program Contact:
ABE/HSE Program Coordinator – 973-300-2158 or email HSE@sussex.edu.

The Pearson Vue GED Test is administered each week at Sussex County Community College’s Testing Center. Tests are offered on certain Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays to accommodate participants. Any New Jersey resident, 18 years or older not having a high school diploma is eligible to take the exam. Individuals who are 16 and 17 years old are eligible to register to take the HSE Exam with written parental permission.

For more information visit the GED website.

  • Registration is done online or in person prior to testing. Payment is made at registration with a debit, credit card, pay pal or gift card. The cost for the entire test is $144 ($36 per section).
  • All High School Equivalency (HSE) candidates must provide 2 forms of valid government-issued ID at the time of registration and when they report to testing. Examples include Driver’s license with picture, US Passport, or DMV ID, secondary ID can be either a Social Security card or birth certificate. Proof of residency is also required.

View the High School Equivalency (HSE) Exam Schedule for dates to consider for registration.

Study Guides and Practice Sites


For further information on the High School Equivalency exam route to a high school diploma in New Jersey and a list of testing centers visit the New Jersey Department of Education website at www.state.nj.us/education.